Although there is now a substantial research literature documenting the presence of auditory and motion processing differences among children and adults with dyslexia, for the first time that we know of, a research group is studying whether these differences can...
HOW THEY DO IT! University Students with Dyslexia [Premium]
Fortunately, there’s been growing interest from educational and scientific researchers for understanding how people can compensate for some of the academic challenges of dyslexia. POSITIVE FACTORS AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA A recent study by Drs. Rebecca Wiseheart and Lori Altmann (Int J Lang Comm Dis 2017) had a nice review of compensating factors as […]
Motivation: The Batman Effect [Premium]
Researchers recently found that young children were more likely to persevere with tedious jobs that they were given to do if they pretended that they were Batman while doing it. There may be something to it. The researchers were studying self-regulation and perseverance in 180 kids ages 4 to 6 years old. The researchers compared […]
Visual Motion Perception and Dyslexia
From Jason Yeatman's laboratory at the University of Washington comes a deeper understanding of the visual challenges associated with dyslexia. Full report HERE. "It is well established that visual sensitivity to motion is correlated with reading skills. Yet, the...
[PREMIUM] Dyspraxia and Independence
Dyspraxia (DCD) has its impact in childhood, but recently researchers have been looking more into the challenges that young adults face in higher education, general life skills, and the workplace. Dr. Amanda Kirby, who we interviewed in the last issue, did her thesis work in the area of 16-25 year olds with dyspraxia. Based on […]
[PREMIUM] The Truth About Lefties (Left-handed)
By the gestation age of 10 weeks, doctors can see that 85% of human fetuses prefer their right hand over their left. This preference (along with motor asymmetry) usually persists later in life The idea that dyslexics were often left or mixed-handed was first raised by Samuel Orton in 1925. Subsequent studies have suggested that […]
RESEARCH: Dyslexic Brain – WRITING: More Connectivity, Not Less!
In research that was just published last month, investigators at the University of Washington were surprised to find when investigating pathways involved with writing - that brain connections of dyslexic subjects were more extensive and more far ranging than the...
Additional Resources from Premium Issue 26 [Premium]
Additional Premium Resources February 2018 Issue 26. You must be logged into your account to access: False Memories, Verbatim vs. Gist Recall, Persistence and Transcience of Memory, and Visual Perceptual and Handwriting Skills of Student with Dyspraxia (DCD). False memory for orthographically vs semantically similar words in adolescents with dyslexia. Verbatim and […]
Dyslexia at College: THE CHALLENGE OF WRITING [Premium]
As dyslexic college students are entering 2- and 4- year colleges in increasing numbers, questions arise as to the impact of dyslexia-related challenges on essay writing. The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 had found that although a majority of LD students in high school requested accommodations (91%), only 17% requested accommodations in college. A problem with […]
Moving to learn: The UPSIDE to Fidgeting [Premium]
Researchers from Florida presented visually dramatic evidence of the difference in ADHD student hyperactivity dependng on the task at hand. 52 boys ages 8 to 12 were studied. 32 had ADHD and 30 served as controls. 44% of ADHD students had been prescribed stimulant medication, and these students had medicines held for at least 24 […]
[PREMIUM] Don’t Require COPYING From the Board
DON’T REQUIRE COPYING FROM THE BOARD Dr. Kirkby: “Copying text…is psychologically complex. It involves a series of sequential visual and cognitive processes, which must be co-ordinated: these include visual encoding, mental representation, an written production.” Long after students have begun to crack the code of reading, note-taking and copying from the board remain very difficult […]
Strategic Thinking and Dyslexia Education [Premium]
There are many accomplished dyslexics who have told us that one of their greatest strengths in their current career is strategic thinking, but is there any evidence that strategy is a strength that is present in the school years, and if so, can it be better used to help students tackle the many academic hurdles […]