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.
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.
Because children get tested on how they can decode nonsense words to check if they could have dyslexia, now parents and teachers start to train them in learning nonsense words……..that’s really nonsense!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.