A high-schooler deals with dylexia

Wonderful story on how a high schooler deals with dyslexia.

After some trial and error, she’s found a method that’s working for memorizing new vocabulary. She creates flashcards early in the unit and relies on repetition — reading the words and definitions to herself, reading them aloud, answering my questions at breakfast and dinner. Last-minute cramming isn’t an option.

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Taking the Fear Out of Dyslexia

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Whether they’re simply unaware or afraid to confront the reality of their situation, students can lose the motivation to learn. Once a student is aware, it’s no longer a question of whether they’re bright or capable—it’s a matter of accepting their learning disability and knowing their brains are just wired differently. That mindset alone changes a learner’s experience.

It’s never too late for individuals who think they might have dyslexia to improve their reading skills. Older students and even adults can still get the instruction they need to achieve progress.

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New research about dyslexia

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New brain imaging research debunks a controversial theory about dyslexia that can impact how it is sometimes treated, Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists say.

The cerebellum, a brain structure traditionally considered to be involved in motor function, has been implicated in the reading disability, developmental dyslexia, however, this “cerebellar deficit hypothesis” has always been controversial. The new research shows that the cerebellum is not engaged during reading in typical readers and does not differ in children who have dyslexia.

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Early intervention is so important

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The most effective intervention is early, hopefully before the child reaches second grade. But, even before they enter school, they will exhibit some clues. They may have trouble learning to speak and doing such things as learning nursery rhymes as a result of memory and attention span difficulties. Kids with dyslexia also have difficulty recognizing letters and sounds, reading comprehension, and have poor spelling and letter recognition.

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Know the signs and get tested

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Dyslexia can impact a student’s learning in every part of a classroom and it can even affect adults in the workplace in areas including:

  • Writing: not being able to find the right word, difficulty getting ideas on paper.
  • Listening: distracting background noises, problems taking notes.
  • Spelling: similar sounds causing confusion, can’t remember what words look like.
  • Reading: needing to constantly re-read, moving or overlapping text.
  • Motor control: handwriting difficulties, difficulty copying.
  • Memory difficulties: dates, phone numbers, alphabet.
  • Spatial: left/right confusion, easily getting lost.

A child can get tested for dyslexia as young as five-years-old. The earlier it’s caught, the better their lives can be in the future.

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Helping teachers helping dyslectics

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The beginning of a new year always brings new education policies and strategies. U.S. educators currently find themselves in a rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, and many schools are in the process of transforming the type and level of support they offer to these students.

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Adults with dyslexia

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Dyslexia is certainly not limited to chlidren, adults are also having to deal with this challenge.

It is never too late to start seeking help.

View it as a positive experience in which you have an opportunity for greater self-understanding, and you might just have a chance to learn ways in which you can face this challenge head on.

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Help for dyslectic gamers

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Accessibility continues to be an important talking point in the world of video game development, and thanks to organizations like AbleGamers, there have never been more resources for developers to utilize in making their games enjoyable for more players. Although the science behind the efficacy of dyslexic fonts is still up for debate—the creators of OpenDyslexic themselves are very open about the font not working for everyone with dyslexia—it’s clear that the work being done by developers such as Finji and The Game Kitchen is important to bringing more gamers into the fold.

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