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Dyslexia: News from the web:

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?

Read the horrible comment:

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

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Eary intervention necessary for Dyslexia

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“If the persistent achievement gap between dyslexic and typical readers is to be narrowed, or even closed, reading interventions must be implemented early, when children are still developing the basic foundation for reading acquisition,” said Emilio Ferrer, a UC Davis psychology professor, in a news release.

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A challenge about the diagnosis of Dyslexia

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Our link for today shows a professor claiming that there is no agreement on what actually the diagnoses of dyslexia is and that there are no special interventions for dyslexia but the interventions recommended are what you should do for all children. He further argues that Middle class parents abuse the system to get extra resources for their kids and Public schools ignore the diagnoses due to lack of funds.

Well that may stir the discussion quite a bit.

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Computer game may detect dyslexia

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While students from minority groups are over-represented in Norwegian special needs education, practically no children from these groups are diagnosed with dyslexia. As a consequence many miss out on important help. Researchers at the Norwegian Reading Centre are studying whether a computer game can pick up dyslexia in pupils from minority groups.

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The importance of a proper diagnosis

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A study done at the University of Washington concludes (not surprising):

It is important that kids receive a proper diagnosis, then specialized instruction tailored to it, said Virginia Berninger, an educational psychologist who worked with Richards on this study and othersand heads the UW Interdisciplinary Learning Disabilities Center.

“So many of these kids never get the kind of instruction they need,” Berninger said, “and we just keep showing over and over again that if you find out what’s wrong and you teach that skill, voilà, they can learn.”

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One in five people have dyslexia

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“For most dyslexic kids, their classroom teacher is the first and only person they encounter at school to help build literacy skills. Because of how public schools determine eligibility for special education services, many dyslexic kids who are struggling but able to make some progress on their own, never see a reading specialist. And even if they do, the reading specialist may not have the tools either.”

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Dyslexia crisis in Texas

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Texas public schools are identifying just 2.5 percent of students as having dyslexia, a fraction of the number of students who experts say need help overcoming the common reading disability.

About 125,600 of the state’s 5.2 million public school students were identified as dyslexic, according to data released by the Texas Education Agency. That’s just a slight uptick from the 2013-14 academic year, the first one that state law required districts to report the number.

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Dyslexia down under

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They are proud and know about their own disability:

Research suggests that children who openly identify as dyslexic and discuss it with their class are able to put in place positive coping strategies. Those whose dyslexia goes undiagnosed or who are not met with the same level of understanding can develop negative strategies, such as becoming the class clown, being very quiet and shy, or avoiding their school work.

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Growth charts to identify Dyslexia

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Following up on recent research that showed the brain activity in children with dyslexia and showed that MRI scans could be used for early detection, now there are plans to develop the kind of growth charts you know well from the doctor for your child’s height and weight but then for your brain.

It is in the early stages but anything that could help supporting the children before they start failing in class is worthwhile to explore.

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One child with dyslexia left behind

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Read the horror story from the child with dyslexia that was not recognized, or at least not adequately dealt with until the parents took the school to court. Do not hesitate to go the extra mile if it concerns the education and future for your children.

Be Bold!

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Baby Brainwaves predict Dyslexia

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Dutch researchers have measured brainwaves from kids at three months and in third grade. Here is their conclusion (but please read the whole article in the link to appreciate this great piece of research):

Results suggest that combining family-risk status, neurophysiological testing and behavioral test scores in a longitudinal setting may help uncover physiological mechanisms implicated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as the predisposition to reading disabilities.

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