The abakcus blog has collected about 100 good children’s books to choose from. Books remain an essential part of a child’s education and development. So much more than educational programs, children’s books can help develop particular brain areas for creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination! While books take some reading time and effort to understand something, it also gives a child the freedom to dream and imagine in unique ways beyond what is being taught — something that cannot necessarily be replicated by watching TV or playing video games. Reading books provides children a unique opportunity to explore the world, sparking creativity that any other educational program cannot overshadow.
We generally do not get involved in politics but this story is remarkable. Educator groups who oppose a bill that would mandate state wide screening for dyslexia. For the full perspective of both sides of the story read our link for today.
Cassidy MacNamara is conducting a screening for dyslexia among students at a Bridgeport elementary school with the help of an animated toucan named Pip. She has introduced students to Pip the Toucan, the star of EarlyBird, an award-winning diagnostic application developed by neuroscientists at Boston Children’s Hospital to screen for signs of dyslexia. Pip is the application’s mascot and interacts with students to keep the process engaging.
This is a great list of common clues to recognize dyslexia in younger children. If you suspect your student may have dyslexia, early assessment and intervention is the most important thing you can do for your child! Photo from: Ascend Learning Center
New research shows controversial Reading Recovery program eventually had a negative impact on children. The new, federally funded study found that children who received Reading Recovery had scores on state reading tests in third and fourth grade that were below the test scores of similar children who did not receive Reading Recovery.
A new study published in the journal Scientific Reportslends support to a body of research suggesting that reading on electronic devices reduces comprehension. The study found that reading on a smartphone promotes overactivity in the prefrontal cortex, less frequent sighing, and lower reading comprehension.
Dyslexia is a different brain organization that needs different teaching methods. It is never the fault of the child, but rather the responsibility of us who teach to find methods that work for that child.
In English, we have a deep orthography. We not only have 44 sounds, but many of our vowel sounds have multiple spellings. So students must be flexible when sounding out words early on. Sometimes this leads to frustration and kids may give up on attempting to read due to this difficulty
Kelly Chester, 50, was diagnosed with dyslexia, which makes reading more difficult, at the age of 22 and dyspraxia – which affects her physical co-ordination – at 38. However, rather than letting them get the better of her, she said it was a relief to hear that she had the disabilities.
Professors Bruce Evans and Arnold Wilkins have compiled guidance for optometrists to avoid making misleading statements about dyslexia and visual stress in optical practice.
The guidance provides a brief summary of different topics relating to dyslexia and visual stress, alongside examples of statements considered reasonable or misleading on the basis of existing evidence.
Evans and Wilkins highlight that eye care professionals should avoid using statements such as ‘we treat dyslexia’ – instead describing interventions as treating visual problems that can co-occur with dyslexia.
In 2019, Celebrate Dyslexia was founded with the purpose of being a resource for parents and educators looking for information and community for their Dyslexic students. In addition, with a strengths-based approach to outreach, Celebrate Dyslexia found that this would make their advocacy work unique and solidified the mission to build a community that celebrates, educates and empowers the 1 in 5 people affected by Dyslexia. By raising community awareness and encouraging advocacy, Celebrate Dyslexia will have a positive influence in changing the narrative around Dyslexia and have a direct impact on the educational and medical processes for the next generation.
In recent years, many states have passed laws requiring dyslexia training for teachers. Research suggests teachers hold both scientifically-based conceptions as well as misconceptions of dyslexia, but there is little research regarding the specific concepts of dyslexia in which teachers are unsure.
Read the rest of the research that tries to answer this question in our link for today.
Children with dyslexia may often also have a bit of dyscalculia and have troubles with numbers and basic calculations. Well, that does not help you in the kitchen so here is a page with handy tools that will ensure your dishes will still come out the right way.
This new study by Linda Romanovska ea from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, shows how the brains’ responses to letters and speech sounds change during the first years of reading acquisition
FRENCH company Lili for Life has introduced the Lili lamp, designed to help people with dyslexia to read thanks to a patented technology awarded by the French National Academy of Medicine.
Designed for everyday use, the Lili lamp helps dyslexic people of all ages to get access to more fluent and enjoyable reading. Thanks to its patented technology, the lamp allows an immediate and easier decryption of words, while reducing the tiredness experienced during a prolonged reading session.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has struggled with dyslexia since elementary school. Now he’s telling his story through Ben, the baseball-loving protagonist of his new children’s book who has a tough time reading, too.