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Q: What Are the Best Tests for Dyscalculia? What About the Feifer Test?

Dyscalculia, or a math learning disability is important to identify because formal identification can qualify a student for accommodations both in the classroom and for high stakes tests. It can co-occur with dyslexia and it is under-recognized.

We previously reviewed tests that can be used to identify dyscalculia HERE.

In our clinic, we liked to use […]

What’s the Most Stressful Time for Dyslexic Students?

 

ANSWER: Grades 3-5 in Elementary School.

If we know this, are we doing everything we can to help students emotionally and socially in these grades?

There are many pressures that converge on the 3-5th grade (see The 3rd Grade Wall), and developmentally, it is a time when children are trying to develop competencies. It is also a […]

Effect of Strength-Based Coping on Children’s Stress and Coping

From Australia:

“Strength-based parenting is an approach where parents deliberately identify and cultivate positive states, processes and qualities in their children,” Professor Waters said. “This style of parenting adds a ‘positive filter’ to the way a child reacts to stress. It also limits the likelihood of children using avoidance or aggressive coping responses.”

Stress typically arises […]

How a Dyslexic Author Wrote a NYTimes Bestseller about Joy

“…He explained that there is a Tibetan saying that it is the painful experiences that shine the light on the nature of happiness… The Archbishop added that that “nothing beautiful comes without some suffering,” and he mentioned how our muscles need resistance to grow. So it seems our spirit requires the same. The Archbishop […]

Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

In the latest issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, researchers from Harvard and Greece found that classroom culture, and in particular LD students’ perceptions of their classrooms motivational framework had sudden, significant, and unpredictable effects on reading performance and students’ emotional state. From the authors: “The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the […]
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[Premium] Sorting Out the Differences Between Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD

On one level, Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD would seem quite different, but in reality, we are only at the beginning of our understanding of how the two might overlap and be different. Both Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD were initially characterized by their negatives – Dyslexia by difficulty learning to read, and ADD / ADHD […]
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How They Did It: Dyslexia, Gifted Ed, and SAT and ACT Accommodations [Premium]

Today I had a chance to catch up with a member of our Dyslexic Advantage community who had just heard the great news that her 17 year old son had been granted accommodations for both the SAT and ACT, including the calculator-free section of the new SAT. This family navigated several difficult transitions: private school […]
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