Dyslexia and Farming: Matt Baker [Premium]

Dyslexia and Farming: Matt Baker [Premium]

  “If somebody asked me if I could live my life again without dyslexia, I would say no, because  you recognise things and you do things differently to the way everybody else does, and that gets you to the front of the queue. You see things which are very obvious to you. I’m very practical […]

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Processing Speed and Dyslexia [Premium]

Processing Speed and Dyslexia [Premium]

Why isn’t there a “diagnosis” of processing speed impairment? For practical reasons, a label or diagnosis can help justify the need for extended time accommodations, reduce the quantity of homework, or similar requests. Without a formal diagnostic code, medical or educational professionals may also be more likely to overlook the need for accommodations… something that […]

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New to Dyslexia [Premium]

New to Dyslexia [Premium]

More people are finding out that they’re dyslexic, so it seemed like a good time to write a big picture of dyslexia for new members.   DYSLEXIC STRENGTHS First of all, there seem to be intrinsic strengths associated with dyslexia and not simply weaknesses or impairments. Understanding the strengths and positive differences can help people […]

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Pausing while Writing [Premium]

Pausing while Writing [Premium]

There are many reasons why students may pause while writing, but more if students are also dyslexic.   Those who remember their thoughts and experiences as nonverbal sensations will need extra steps to put their knowledge and understanding into words. Dysgraphic students will have difficulty writing and those with small working memories, may overload with […]

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Grit and Resilience [Premium]

Grit and Resilience [Premium]

“The worst problem any dyslexic has to face is not reading, writing, or even spelling, but a lack of understanding…” — The Reality of Dyslexia   Grit is the ability to persevere in the face of setbacks, challenges, pain, and adversity. Resilience is similar, but different in the sense it describes an ability to “bounce […]

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Rogue Hero: Mastermind of the Special Air Service, David Stirling [Premium]

Rogue Hero: Mastermind of the Special Air Service, David Stirling [Premium]

“The boy Stirling is quite mad, quite, quite mad. However, in a war there is often a place for mad people.” — General Bernard Montgomery   A recent documentary on the founding of the British Special Air Service mentioned that the unconventional mastermind was, in fact, dyslexic. David Stirling has a very non-linear and unpredictable […]

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Poor Outcomes for Reading Recovery [Premium]

Poor Outcomes for Reading Recovery [Premium]

“Initial gains from first-grade intervention didn’t last and kids performed worse in third and fourth grade…”   Over 2 million students in the US have been taught reading with based Reading Recovery, a short term intervention program that uses pull-out one-to-one tutoring to first grade students. It was one of the few programs supported by […]

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Free Reading Resources for Teens [Premium]

Free Reading Resources for Teens [Premium]

It can be difficult to find free reading resources for middle and high school readers, but the non-profit SERP (Strategic Education Research Partnership) has a free engaging downloadable curriculum. The printed materials can also be purchased for classrooms.   They launched STARI curriculum for Tier II to address “gaps in fluency, decoding, stamina, and comprehension.” […]

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Study Hacking The Paper Driver’s License Test [Premium]

Study Hacking The Paper Driver’s License Test [Premium]

  The Washington state driver’s license paper and pencil test can be a difficult one for dyslexic drivers. Having seen some of the sample questions, there’s a lot more number trivia compared to the California test I passed many years ago. Whether you don’t drink alcohol or smoke marijuana, you have to answer specific questions […]

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Reading and Learning are About Thinking [Premium]

Reading and Learning are About Thinking [Premium]

“Then a strange thing happened. The more I started thinking about what we were studying, the easier it was to remember the facts. Facts began to stick in my head — and I didn’t even have to try to make it happen…” — Don Johnston, CEO   After using Don Johnston’s assistive technology with our […]

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