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Test Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia Under the ADA – DOJ Statement

The Department of Justice has also released  video clarification of key rights for students regarding testing accommodations under the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act.  The entire video is located at the bottom of this post, but we are highlighting a section that mentions dyslexia by name (starts at 3:29)

Exams are to be administered […]

Unleash Dyslexic Writing with Dr. Nicole Swedberg [Premium]

In step-by-step fashion, learn how to unleash the dyslexic writing talent of students through Dr. Nicole Swedberg’s idea of Mini-Writes. In her talk, Dr. Swedberg talks about short writing assignments can help students master small achievable goals. She describes how she can take a student through the writing process in 1-3 sessions. Some strategies include […]
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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 […]

Processing Speed & Writing [PREMIUM]

Question: I know my son’s processing speed is slow from his testing, but how slow should his speed on something like writing take? My son has slow processing speed, dyslexia, dysgraphia and a loose attention control system – but how long should it take him to write a 5 pargraph academic paper… after which the […]
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Gifted with Dysgraphia [PREMIUM]

For many, the most frustrating aspect of dyslexia is writing. Writing gets better over time, but it may remain effortful and some will find non-verbal outlets for expression such as drawing, film, building physical objects or managing teams more expressive. Because dyslexic thinkers often have strong associational minds and personal memories, writing difficulties are more likely […]
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Precis Writing … or when less is more

“English A was ‘a disaster and French was like medieval torture. To sit down with a blank piece of paper and write was the most traumatic thing that had ever faced me in life. I had ideas in my head, but I could not get the stuff down. It was a crushing time.” – […]

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

There are many skills that are required to write by hand. Besides having an idea and being able to organize it into words, there’s remembering the motor, kinesthetic, and visual sequences of letters and words and being able to discern similar and dissimilar sounds (auditory processing, phonemic awareness). No wonder it’s hard to write! What […]
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