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Too Much Homework for Dyslexic Students [Premium]

In one of the largest surveys of  Dyslexic school children across the United States to date (Dyslexia at School Survey, Dyslexic Advantage), an overwhelming majority (76%) reported that their public school students were routinely assigned work they couldn’t possibly complete.  1/2 of these students are in elementary school. Nearly 500 survey respondents provided additional details: […]
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Dyslexic Differences in Brain Connectivity [Premium]

Recently there has been a flurry of papers in the popular press based on a research study that undertook a whole-brain analysis of connectivity in the brains of dyslexic children and adults and non-dyslexic subjects as a control. Whole-brain studies are of course important because they don’t narrow the study at the outset by a […]
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Beautiful Minds – What New Research Shows Dyslexia and Artists Have in Common [Premium]

 BBC Science:  “…artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery. The research, published in NeuroImage, suggests that an artist’s talent could be innate…these detailed scans revealed that the artist group had significantly more grey matter in the area of the brain called the precuneus in the parietal lobe.” From Cerebral […]
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ADHD AND READING

It’s a age-old question that seems to go round and round – is the reading hard because of attention problems or is it hard to pay attention because the reading is hard? For those of you who closely follow research, you probably know that there’s a high overlap between the symptoms of ADHD and […]

Thinking in 3D

“Spatial ability is not a simple matter. It is not just a picture-like memory for objects, places, and people. This kind of memory might be helpful in carrying out spatial tasks, but it is not at the core of what is meant by spatial ability. Spatial mechanical thinking involves the capacity to put the […]

STRENGTHS MATTER: Intelligence and Dyslexia

Parents and dyslexia advocates should beware – there are vocal proponents arguing against the importance of intelligence and / IQ in determining the educational needs of students with dyslexia.

As far as it seems we have come with dyslexia (more states with dyslexia-specific laws, mandatory teacher training), there are areas where the concept of specific […]

Spelling Difficulties as a Source of Dysgraphia

In an interesting study, researchers in France looked at the impact of spelling difficulty on the writing performance of students with dyslexia.

From the study:

“Dyslexia weakens spelling skills, even when the child presents no motor problems. By varying the degree of difficulty in words to spell, researchers were able to analyse the impact of spelling […]

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