Noah Text Releases Free, Easy-to-Use Tech Tool To Make Reading Easier for Dyslexic and Struggling Readers
Noah Text highlights critical word patterns within texts, enabling struggling readers, developing readers, those with dyslexia, and English language learners to read with increased fluency, accuracy, and stamina while building skills and confidence. Noah Text allows readers to see sound-parts within words, providing a way for them to decode and enunciate words that are otherwise difficult to access. The resulting improvements in reading accuracy and fluency free up cognitive resources that readers can devote to comprehending the meaning of the text.
Research suggests as many as 17% of children are affected by dyslexia, which hinders one’s ability to recognize and decode words, as well as the sounds associated with printed language. Spotting and addressing dyslexia is as essential to a young student’s learning and development as is identifying those students who are nearsighted or need help hearing.
“Despite the number of students impacted, the considerable advances in research, and the increase in dyslexia-related legislation in the U.S., early identification and targeted education of students with dyslexia in public schools remains a challenge,”
Schoolvision is not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment but rather a journey that requires patience and time to see the results. It’s a relatively simple programme with the main requirement being that the child or adult wears their prescription glasses for everything up ‘close’ throughout the programme.
Colorado education officials were set to select five elementary schools for the one-year, $92,000 pilot program in late April. By the application deadline Friday, just five schools had applied, and state education officials are still determining if they all meet participation requirements.
New dyslexia screening efforts in Denver and Boulder — plus the possible state pilot — come amid a nationwide push to boost reading achievement, including by paying closer attention to students with reading-related disabilities. Experts estimate that dyslexia affects 5% to 15% of the population. In Colorado, that could be more than 100,000 school-age children.
Fascinatingly, some studies have found that learning the written language and alphabet of the Ancient Greeks can spur changes in brain development that help stave off the onset of dyslexia. And if the symptoms of dyslexia are already being experienced, learning the Ancient Greek alphabet can actually reduce their intensity or eliminate them altogether.
Havas Lynx Group has developed Andi Goes with a dual purpose – a book that for children acts as a fable to encourage them to embrace what makes them different, whilst for parents, the book helps to spot any possible early signs of the condition.
The book is written to include key words and phrases that may give an indication of dyslexia, such as using Fry’s first 100 words (the main words a child should read by the age of six) and in the parents’ guide at the rear of the book, there are tips on how to spot things like corrective partial decoding (where a child who finds it hard to visualise a word correctly – has a stab at it, a bit like predictive text). Signs within the guide are not meant to act as a diagnosis in themselves but are simply there to inform parents, to help them gain the confidence to push further, get professional help and, if needed, a diagnosis. Seeing these signs early is vital to the future of the child’s development and education.
In China a new three-episode documentary, titled The Chosen One, which shows the struggles of three children with dyslexia and their families, has been produced.
Produced by China Media Group’s TV series and documentary center and Beijing Normal University’s Documentary Center, it aired on CCTV-9 in January and got 9.4 points out of 10 on China’s popular review site, Douban.
If you know a lot about dyslexia, you already know a lot about dyscalculia. Both learning disabilities are similar but still very different. The knowledge about Dyscalculia though forms a great basis to branch out and start learning about dyscalculia too, so you can also help children who have dyscalculia. Dr Schreuder has an online Dyscalculia Tutor Training that can help you get there in about 3-6 months, all online in your own pace.
See the review of the online program to work with students who have dyslexia.
Reading Horizons is a comprehensive, interactive reading system based on the principles of Orton-Gillingham. Simply put, Orton-Gillingham takes the idea of “sounding things out” to the next level. Rather than just teaching students to break down words into their sounds, it teaches the sounds in a specific order and trains the brain to recognize them.
OrCam, a Jerusalem-based company has developed a device that can read full pages of text aloud from any printed or digital device. This includes content from newspapers, books, computers, or smartphones. OrCam seeks to help people with reading disabilities such as dyslexia, mild to severe vision loss, reading fatigue, and even those who read large volumes of text.
The Texas Education Agency has bought a service from a company but not everyone is happy with it yet.
The company began charging the state for $410,000 a month in October for the online platform before any students signed up for it and before any school districts were asked to participate. Critics say too few children are getting help for too great a cost, especially because districts must still pay their instructors to work with students using the platform.
Many Texas school districts do not use the curriculum offered by the service, which advocates say could make them less likely to sign up for it.
Dyslexia is often referred to as a superpower by the advertising industry who support the idea that neurodiverse people are often more creative and artistic, because they can think differently and more holistically than neurotypical people. However, thousands of students with dyslexia looking to break into the industry are still being put at a disadvantage, until now……….