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Strategic Thinking and Dyslexia Education

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 […]

[PREMIUM] Executive Function: DE-STRESS

Dyslexic children who are struggling in school will be under tremendous stress and have varying levels of anxiety and depression. Stress is well known to affect executive functions and children experiencing stress can look as if they have ADHD. – Destress the Learning Environment. Are expectations well matched to the student’s current ability? Is the […]

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Dyslexia Laws 2017

Here’s our 2017 snapshot of Passed Dyslexia Laws in the US. This is rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, so please update us with corrections, changes, or newly passed laws. Huge thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Community, Decoding Dyslexia, and other leading dyslexia groups. Last Updated October 13, 2017.

Only 8 states have no dyslexia laws […]

Precis Writing … or when less is more

“It will be particularly helpful if they give themselves practice in precis writing, paraphrasing, and note-taking. If one has to write a precis one is forced not only to think out carefully what are the key ideas in a particular passage but also to express them concisely, accurately, and clearly. Paraphrasing makes similar demands […]

PACIFIC STUDIO VISIT: Interview with Michael Graham about his ‘Dream Job’ Making Museum Exhibits

This past summer, our high school volunteer Krista, my son, and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Michael Graham, High End Fabrication Program Manager for Pacific Studio in Seattle. Michael has what many would call a dream job – making exhibits for museums all over the world – including the Science Fiction Museum, […]

How To Become Invincible

Well, maybe not invincible, but you know what we mean.

There’s a new idea circulating among business leaders and entrepreneurs. It’s not mindset or grit, but of course those are important. It’s rejection therapy.

Some people think part of the reason for higher than average success of dyslexic people as CEOs and entrepreneurs is that they’re […]

Executive Function: What Smart People Do Differently While Learning [Premium]

When researchers compared high IQ and average test subjects in a learning paradigm, the results were surprising.

In some areas high IQ individuals work less, as might be expected by the idea that higher IQ people have more efficient brains for learning tasks, but in other areas, high IQ brains were working harder.

When were high […]

North Carolina Weak on Dyslexia Education

North Carolina trails other states in terms of its delivery of educational services to dyslexic students in the Dyslexia at School Survey conducted by Dyslexic Advantage.

Compared to Texas, one of the earliest states to adopt dyslexia-specific legislation, North Carolina had abysmal statistics in terms of identification of students by schools (19% compared to Texas’ […]

The Beauty of Guessing

I’ve been away from the blog a bit because we’re finishing articles for our Premium magazine this month and I’ve been buried in articles about visual spatial learning and preferred learning strategies of boys.

Now I know that it’s pretty common for the practice of ‘guessing’ to get a pretty bad rap in the context […]

New Research: Brain Scans Predict Cognitive Performance

” This suggests that individual differences in many cognitive tasks are a stable trait marker.”

There’s a new Oxford research study circulating through scientific communities and around the world. From Science (Task-free MRI predicts individual differences in brain activity during task performance), Tavor and collegues applied machine-learning principles to test subjects in a “resting state” to see […]