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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Re-assessments for huge costs

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This story is from the UK, but it applies to some extend in other countries also, and it outlines the process to get accommodations in college. Students with Dyslexia are often forced to have their condition re-evaluated for considerable costs, just to satisfy the bureaucracy that needs to give them accommodations.

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the Barton method

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Teacher Gail Grossman leads a small group of students, matching three sounds to three different colored tiles: n-i-sh. The exercises help students learn to break words down into sounds, something that’s easier for some kids than others. The tiles and planned exercises are part of the Barton System, a program that helps students with dyslexia, a learning disability that causes students to struggle reading and writing. The method is based on Orton-Gillingham but non professionals can easily use it.

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Dyslexia detection before you read?!

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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.

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Kids helping Kids

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Kids Read 2 Kids is a free online website founded by 3 young siblings – Jacob (15), Alana (17), and Reuben (11). They launched their website in June 2017 and have seen great success just in a few short months. Through their online website and YouTube channel, these phenomenal kids have come up with a creative way to help motivate other kids to read. The idea behind their project is that they record themselves reading books out loud so that other kids can follow along on their own. By doing this, they are able to engage with other kids their age and show them that reading can be enjoyable.

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artificial eye dominance and dyslexia

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Researchers performed a reading test with their subjects. They used the fact that, although the brain presents us with one image, there is a delay between the the first eye forming an image and the second doing so. So, if you are sitting in a dark room and a page of letters is illuminated by a flashing light—the light flashes are too fast to perceive—then only one eye at a time can form an image. In this case, the brain should not be presented with conflicting images.

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From a nobel prize winner about her dyslexia

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“I believe that learning to develop my compensatory skills also played a role in my success as a scientist because one has to intuit many different things that are going on at the same time and apply those to a particular problem”€”to not just concentrate on one of them, but to bring many in laterally. Perhaps my ability to pull more information out of context and to put together different ideas may have been affected by what I learned to do from dyslexia.”

Carol Greider

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Guidelines rescinded

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Friday we got the news that the education department had rescinded no less than 72 guidelines. Many of those were about clarifications of the IDEA.

We have not had time to fully digest the impact but here is a list of the rescinded guidelines. On first glance they all seem many years old. Also the IDEA itself has not been changed, so the main bulk of that that law intends to do is still there. Also the education department has developed a brand new website about the idea, see in our link for today.

Read all about it: HERE and if you want to compare the old websites is available HERE

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It may be the eyes after all

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French scientists claim they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye.

In people with the condition, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing “mirror” images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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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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Small steps but measurable results in New Jersey

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It’s a matter of small steps, but those pressing for more awareness about how best to teach students with dyslexia got some good news recently.

First, the state Department of Education released a long-awaited handbook of guidance and resources on dyslexia for schools and parents, as compiled by experts and educators specifically for New Jersey.

Then came some legislative gains, including the Senate’s and the Assembly’s approval and Gov. Chris Christie’s signing of a resolution declaring October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month.

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