Dyslexia Resource handbook in the making

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In recent reading tests, 25 percent of Oklahoma students scored below basic level, or unsatisfactory, while 28 percent scored proficient. Those numbers were worse for kids with identified learning disabilities like dyslexia.

So now a task-force is compiling a resource handbook for parents and teachers.

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Is Colorado dropping the ball on Dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is the leading cause of reading failure and school dropouts. Reading failure is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders. One Texas study even showed that half of prisoners have dyslexia. About half of third graders in Colorado can’t read at grade level, and many are students with dyslexia.

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Screen for all learning disabilities at once within half an hour?

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Doctors from Indian Academy for Pediatrics (IAP) have come up with Tamilnadu Dyslexia Screening Tool (TSDS), aquestionnaire, which they claim could help diagnose three types of learning difficulties – dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia – among children within half-an-hour.

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Did we mention early intervention?

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The first six years of life are extremely important for speech and language development.

Children with dyslexia would benefit greatly from early intervention as they typically experience a delay in this aspect of development.

To level the playing field, specialist intervention is needed to enable them to pick up the necessary literacy skills.

Without this foundation, many children would struggle in school.

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What Dyslexia can cause, get help!

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Undiagnosed learning disability can have a devastating impact. Over the past few weeks, Project Baltimore has shared the stories of people who say it’s cost them jobs, forced them to drop out of school, or carry feelings of shame. But there is help available.

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Diagnosing the brain

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It remains difficult to diagnose what is going on in the brain. See the article in today’s link:

Concussions are finicky. They look different in different people. There still isn’t a clear biological signature we’re able to track. So instead, trainers and doctors lean on reported symptoms and neurocognitive tests, which measure things like memory, processing speed, and reaction time, to guide concussion diagnosis.

These tests, though, don’t serve all athletes equally: Disabilities, particularly learning disabilities like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, skew the results, making concussions more challenging to diagnose and treat in disabled athletes.

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The struggle to get resources for Dyslexia

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It continues to be an issue. I’m saying due to unawareness of the severity of the condition, others have different opinions but I remain an optimist. In any case it took a federal investigation to get thing right in Texas.

After a 15-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Education found in January that Texas had effectively capped federally-funded special education services for at least a decade, denying thousands of kids with disabilities the tools and assistance they need to learn. The report said the ambiguity in the state’s policy on dyslexia may have directed some eligible students away from federally-funded special education services, violating federal law.

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Do you have just a little bit of Dyslexia?

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As with all learning disabilities it is important to follow up and to find out what is happening and causing you issues so remediation can be planned.

Dr. Eric Haseltine Ph.D.offers two little tests to find out if you would have dyslexia.. Take a look and follow up. Early detection is key to great remediation.

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The value of early detection

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Without early detection and tailored support, 74 per cent of dyslexic children will remain poor readers in grade 9 and many will be unable to read well as adults, leading to frustration, school drop outs, and unemployment. However, identifying dyslexic students and providing support equips many for success in school and in life, improves behaviours and may eliminate their later need for special education.

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Early detection, a good story

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After Penny Lancaster’s revelation that she had only been diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 46, Eleni Crockard, from Belfast, tells Stephanie Bell how finding out she’d the condition at an early age meant she got the support she needed to attend university and now works helping young people with learning difficulties.

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Movie about the lack of dyslexia support

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WindRoc Media Group (WMG) and Identifying Dyslexia have just announced Ill-literacy: The Divided States of Dyslexia, the first film in the School Stories documentary series. The social impact documentary takes audiences through the school system in several states to reveal the single greatest cause of the current illiteracy crisis: unidentified and misidentified dyslexia. The film follows students and their families, exposing the systematic cover-up of decades of mismanagement and denial of the illiteracy problem behind increasing dropout rates and achievement gaps.

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Does reading to your baby prevent dyslexia?

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Dear Dr. Linda,

I have a 3-month-old baby and have been reading to her from the day she was born. My husband has dyslexia and I’m concerned that she may have inherited it. Will this prevent it?

Madison

 

Dear Madison,

I wish there was a guarantee that your baby wouldn’t inherit her dad’s “reading gene” but there isn’t. Whether she has a genetic predisposition to dyslexia has no direct relationship to what you are doing.

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Universal Dyslexia screening would be great

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  • As research about dyslexia brings more information to light, best practices are evolving, including the recommendation for universal screening in kindergarten and first grade in order to address the issue before greater gaps in vocabulary and general knowledge put students farther behind educationally and emotionally, District Administration reports.

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Dyslexia detection before you read?!

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A study has been carried out by the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), associating auditory processing in children to their reading skills. The results offer a new approach for detecting the risk before the children learn to read.

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When learning to read is not easy

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Stanislas Dehaene outlines in his book, “Reading in the Brain,” our brains were not originally designed to read.  Our brains were designed to hunt for food and look out for predators, not to create meaning from symbols on paper. 

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