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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How schools fail dyslectic children

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The link for today goes to a radio program about how poor schools across the country deal with Learning Disabilities, a quote:

across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

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The battle for early diagnosis of Dyslexia

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Most schools in Massachusetts don’t screen for dyslexia, even though experts say diagnosing the learning disability early is the key to successful interventions.

Instead, many districts wait until a child shows obvious signs of trouble reading or writing. Some advocates say by then, it’s too late.

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Early diagnosis is so important for dyslexia

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In our link for today another example of someone who found out so late about her Dyslexia that it had bothered most of her young life. People struggle unnecessary, we have the technology to screen early why wait?

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Dyslexia in the public school system

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This mother doesn’t believe public schools are doing everything they can to educate students with dyslexia. For example, she said, schools measure a child’s growth from year to year, but they’re not comparing that growth with that of an average student to ensure they’re closing the gap.

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Dyslexia caused by bad teaching?

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Well, one Dutch professor thinks so.

Here is a quote:

‘They just don’t practice enough,’ she told the paper, advocating daily dictation lessons. ‘Children need to have the rules of spelling firmly in their heads. For example, that a g sound before a t is almost always a ‘ch’ and not a ‘g’.”

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Texas low special ed enrollments

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No it is not because there are fewer children in Texas that need special education but due to a misguided sticking to budgeted percentages of how many children will receive services. Read the horrible story and see the shameful statistics.

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OK, listen to the primary care physisian

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The questions is always, who will detect dyslexia first. In our link for today, a message from a family doctor who makes the point that, in case the school does not pick up the signs, family doctors will be a great resource for you too.

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A new fast way to diagnose dyslexia

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Undergrads are assessing how lab rats negotiate a maze, which is similar to a virtual maze that children will navigate with a joystick on a computer screen. Testing these mice is a forerunner to testing the children for dyslexia, and the specific test that Dr. Gabel has constructed is a groundbreaking one, to be sure.

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News

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Dyslexia is a ‘hidden disability’ that is experienced by up to one in 10 of the UK working population. It is a complex condition affecting reading, writing, verbal memory and processing but it is often misunderstood as simply being about ‘poor spelling’.

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How dare we NOT to screen for dyslexia

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The kind of comments from school districts like in the link for today make me so sad. How can we with a straight face deny dyslexia screening?

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From a budget standpoint, board member Davis said it would not be feasible to screen every student specifically for dyslexia.

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