Recent articles and position statements have been calling for pediatricians to view literacy as a developmental domain and to participate in screening for future literacy concerns as early as preschool age.1-4 As a pediatrician, I agree wholeheartedly with one article’s statement that “The development of reading proficiency in childhood is a public health issue.”1 There is robust evidence linking lack of reading proficiency with school failure, negative impact on meaningful employment, increased risk of involvement in the criminal justice and welfare systems, as well as mental health consequences of reduced self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. As pediatricians we should be aware of and attempt to modify all of these negative outcomes by helping to identify risk factors for future reading disabilities and referring our struggling readers for further evaluation and remediation if available……….
No not the rock in Spain that the UK claims as part of their world, but the school district in Wisconsin.
In October 2019, IDA-WI did a dyslexia simulation and awareness presentation to the Gibraltar School District. This past summer, the district chose to train all of its teachers using Orton-Gillingham, a structured literacy approach that is explicit, sequential, systematic and multisensory.
Let the Gibraltar School District set an example that all Wisconsin schools can follow in choosing to train their teachers using science-based instructional methods to improve outcomes for all students. Our children are depending on us.
A new Yale study offers encouraging news. In the study, researchers at the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity found that Yale College graduates identified as dyslexic did just as well on a variety of academic, social, and career measures as peers with typical reading skills both during their undergraduate years and after graduation.
Scott Cumming declared his avowed mission these days to be, “I never, ever want anyone believing they were born stupid.” As an adult dyslexic, Cumming’s tool in achieving that goal is dyslexictogether.org, which he is building from his own, painful experiences of severe struggles with reading and writing.
Kids who have dyslexia may have some difficulty reading, but their social and emotional intelligence are amazing. This is what a new study has found, stating that dyslexic kids have interpersonal strengths.
The Calf and the Cuckoo contains a dyslexic-friendly design and layout. illustrated by renowned wildlife artist Gordon D’Arcy, Shane alludes to a number of small changes that have facilitated this dyslexic friendly design. “We use a combination of special dyslexia font, colour schemes, and layout to make it easier for children with dyslexia to read,” he states.
While there are some very robust and mature diagnostic tests currently available, they rely on the skill and experience of trained experts in the field to carry out. Could there be a way to automate the process using tools like machine learning? Could such systems prove to be more accurate and expedient in identifying potential dyslexics?
Reading is not a natural process. One must be taught to read in a systematic, structured manner.
The cost of reading difficulties in American society is widely accepted and largely incontrovertible. American employers spend $125.9 billion dollars to train potential employees in the areas of remedial reading, writing and mathematic skills. Students who do not learn to read will have difficulty mastering academic content, filling out job applications, reading prescription labels, and the list goes on. Not every child who learns to read is going to have a reading difference, but some do.
One of the reading difficulties identified is dyslexia. According to The International Dyslexia Association, approximately 20 percent of the population is dyslexic. Dyslexia is a cluster of symptoms that cause language processing issues for one’s entire life. Dyslexics often experience difficulties with both oral and written language skills, such as reading, writing and pronouncing words. Yes, a dyslexic student can learn to read.
Today a personal note. My daughter who is severely dyslectic will present her thesis today and take part in her defense to become a PhD. Just to underline that great things are possible with hard work and dedication.
Read the opinion from Stephen Stern, the chair of Jewish studies at Gettysburg College, about proposals to start learning disabled people instead “differently abled” people. He puts his case forward and disagrees with this practice and gives an extensive explanation for it.
In today’s Your Health First, the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity reports 20 percent of the U.S. population is affected by dyslexia, a learning disorder often identified with difficulty reading.
Read how someone has successfully transitioned to an online school:
WAVA uses classes taught by certificated teachers from Washington state, multimedia learning modules such as videos, quizzes and nonfiction articles, traditional textbooks and hands-on materials. It does require significant help from the student’s learning coach