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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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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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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