End of Dyslexia

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Well not really but read the great story by Lisa Wood Shapiro, who was and is dyslectic but has found remarkable ways to get around most issues and works as a writer. She says:

But I’ve never thought of myself as having a disability. Instead, I see it as a glitch, and one I’ve gotten good at masking. I’ve been able to hide my dyslexia for decades simply because I live in an age of technological wonders. Microsoft Word spell-checks most every syllable I write. When my dyslexic mind mangles a word so much that it’s rendered un-spell-checkable, I’ll deploy an arsenal of workarounds. I might reverse-engineer a word by typing an easy synonym into the thesaurus, or I might paste my best attempt into my browser bar and let the search engine offer the correct spelling as a suggested query.

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Tell them they are not stupid.

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Read how backwards the policy in New Zealand seems to be. What a shame!

Our son has never done very well academically. It is incredibly difficult for an intelligent child to perform poorly in school. He has suffered high anxiety, periodically vomits at school and is sent home. He has had sore stomachs for years with no medical answer. It is heartbreaking to hear your child tell you how stupid they are.

We applied for government funding to have our son assessed, but this was declined as a child needs to be at least two years below in all academic areas. How can a child who has only been at school two years be more than two years below?

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Intense specialized training improves and impacts the brain

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Using MRI measurements of the brain’s neural connections, or “white matter,” UW researchers have shown that, in struggling readers, the neural circuitry strengthened—and their reading performance improved—after just eight weeks of a specialized tutoring program. The study, published June 8 in Nature Communications, is the first to measure white matter during an intensive educational intervention and link children’s learning with their brains’ flexibility.

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The difference between dyslexia and ‘dsxyliea’ may lie in bilingualism

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Dyslexic children learning both a language that is pronounced as written -like Spanish- and a second language in which the same letter can have several sounds -such as English- are less affected by this alteration when reading or writing in the latter language. The authors of the Basque research centre BCBL warn that this is less a cure than a reduction of some of the symptoms.

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Once she was lost but now she has found herself

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Then on February 12 this year, I decided to seek help and my first stop was online, where I started looking for information about my condition. I knew that there was an inconsistency about my “stupidity”. I was good with numbers but poor in language and self-expression. I googled my insecurities and dyslexia came up. Finally, I could put a name to what was ailing me.

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Dyscalculia in a dance

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A dancer incorporates his dyslexia in an epic dance. Voices of stage need to help him through his dance steps:

Throwing the book aside, he repeats the steps, as if trying to get them right before stopping and asking the audience how long it takes to correct a mistake.

The dancer’s inability to perfect the footwork is a metaphor for his struggles with reading and the way letters jumble together for dyslexic people.

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See it from the other side teacher!

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Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disability, but teachers may not always be able to recognize it in their students. A recent workshop in Sioux Falls  gave elementary teachers a glimpse of the challenges their dyslexic students can face in the classroom.

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Dyslexia in virtual reality

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The dyslexia association of Singapore will roll out programmes that make use of augmented reality and virtual reality (VR) technologies by next year. One such programme is iStudySmart, which immerses students in different virtual environments. For example, they can practise their presentation skills by putting on a pair of VR googles and speaking to a virtual audience.

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Time to address Dyslexia

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Over the last several decades tremendous scientific advances have been made in understanding the causes and symptoms of dyslexia. However, across the nation and here in Minnesota, education schools and educators have been in abject denial: We have not been identifying students with dyslexia; we failed to apply known techniques to address dyslexia.

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Detection and remediation

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Dyslexia is one of the hardest learning disabilities to identify.

According to Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District’s dyslexia specialist Shannon Reyna, the reason is because many dyslexic students are bright.

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About the 30 day program

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Davis methods are particularly effective for dyslexic students who fit the profile of strengths and weaknesses described in the book The Gift of Dyslexia. The Davis Dyslexia Correction program is always given one-on-one, usually over the course of about 30 hours in 5 consecutive days, with follow up work and practice done independently by the client with the help of parents or other support persons. The dyslexia program is geared to individuals age 8 and over

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Discovering the cerebellum

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New study where they review the evidence for cerebellar dysfunction in dyslexia, including clinical, behavioral, and structural and functional neuroimaging data; these findings are considered in the context of the increasing appreciation of the role of the cerebellum in language, cognition and complex skill acquisition.

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Did we mention early intervention?

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The first six years of life are extremely important for speech and language development.

Children with dyslexia would benefit greatly from early intervention as they typically experience a delay in this aspect of development.

To level the playing field, specialist intervention is needed to enable them to pick up the necessary literacy skills.

Without this foundation, many children would struggle in school.

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