Early intervention is so important

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The most effective intervention is early, hopefully before the child reaches second grade. But, even before they enter school, they will exhibit some clues. They may have trouble learning to speak and doing such things as learning nursery rhymes as a result of memory and attention span difficulties. Kids with dyslexia also have difficulty recognizing letters and sounds, reading comprehension, and have poor spelling and letter recognition.

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Know the signs and get tested

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Dyslexia can impact a student’s learning in every part of a classroom and it can even affect adults in the workplace in areas including:

  • Writing: not being able to find the right word, difficulty getting ideas on paper.
  • Listening: distracting background noises, problems taking notes.
  • Spelling: similar sounds causing confusion, can’t remember what words look like.
  • Reading: needing to constantly re-read, moving or overlapping text.
  • Motor control: handwriting difficulties, difficulty copying.
  • Memory difficulties: dates, phone numbers, alphabet.
  • Spatial: left/right confusion, easily getting lost.

A child can get tested for dyslexia as young as five-years-old. The earlier it’s caught, the better their lives can be in the future.

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Crete will use a snazzy system to detect dyslexia

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Crete is about to start using a great new system that monitors eye movements during silent reading tests to produce scores that distinguish typical and atypical readers and combines the expertise of ophthalmologists, pathologists, and social workers to develop personalized therapies.

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Want an earlier diagnosis?

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Work is being done on developing a new test that will give an earlier diagnosis so that students with dyslexia can get support they deserve also earlier. Cardiff Metropolitan University is carrying out trials using new technology to speed up diagnoses for dyslexia. This unique test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and researchers are looking for more children with a diagnosis to come forward to try out a screening test.

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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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