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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 […]

[PREMIUM] What Wild Guesses are Telling You on Read Aloud

After initial success with the basics of decoding, students may begin to flatten out in their progress as the words and sentences get longer and more complex. Many reading programs focus on monosyllabic words when teaching phonics, but the problem is by the 5th grade, more than 90% of new words are polysyllabic… and more […]
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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 […]

Breaking Research : Dyslexia in Adolescents and Adults [Premium]

An important paper was published this month from the University of Washington, entitled “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Assessment for Dyslexia in Adolescents and Young Adults.” The paper is especially important guiding testing professionals who assess teens and adults for dyslexia or see gifted or twice-exceptional students. This paper also takes a more systematic look at the […]
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The Visual Life of Photographer CLARK JAMES MISHLER

“I believe that not being able to read
has offered me some fabulous opportunities
to see the world differently. ”
Clark Mishler
Clark Mishler is one of the most sought-after photographers in Alaska and one of the top assignment photographers in the country. Thanks to him, we’re doubling our K-12 ART SHARE giveaway for the months […]

Connecting the Dots

“It’s refreshing to read about someone else so successful that thinks like me because of how their brain is wired, which has often only been seen as a learning disability. I’ve always known I had a different way of seeing the world which became more apparent when I started working. I’ve often been able […]

[PREMIUM] The Auditory Friendly Classroom

ENVIRONMENT – Reduce background noise as much as possible (carpeted, tennis balls on chair legs, closed doors) – Preferential seating for students – away from doors, windows, noisy heaters, overhead projectors, pencil sharpeners, noisy classmates – Allow students to wear musicians earplugs while doing quiet work. – FM Speaker or Headset   FOR STUDENTS – […]
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