When learning to read is not easy

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Stanislas Dehaene outlines in his book, “Reading in the Brain,” our brains were not originally designed to read.  Our brains were designed to hunt for food and look out for predators, not to create meaning from symbols on paper. 

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Small steps but measurable results in New Jersey

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It’s a matter of small steps, but those pressing for more awareness about how best to teach students with dyslexia got some good news recently.

First, the state Department of Education released a long-awaited handbook of guidance and resources on dyslexia for schools and parents, as compiled by experts and educators specifically for New Jersey.

Then came some legislative gains, including the Senate’s and the Assembly’s approval and Gov. Chris Christie’s signing of a resolution declaring October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month.

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Unexpected benefits of writing cursive

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………..And finally, the biggest reason for my daughter to learn cursive is that both her parents have dyslexia. The way dyslexia works is things get flipped and moved around in a 3D environment in our minds. Because of this, “b,” “d,” “p,” and “q” all look the same. But if we learn to look at the words instead of the individual letters, then “bed” looks different from “pad,” for example. When I am reading and writing, I actually think about the word bed to help me see “b” and “d” differently. Cursive enables this by connecting the letters in a word together. My daughter may not have dyslexia, but she does show possible early signs. Because of this, if cursive was not introduced to my daughter in second grade after print handwriting was mastered, I would be taking her to calligraphy classes to get the basics of cursive.

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Dyslexia Superpower

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“One of my superpowers is that I am good at knowing how people feel,” he says. “Everyone always says that I am very friendly and kind and good at caring for people. That might be something I have learned from having to think differently because of my dyslexia.”

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Own your Dyslexia!

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Great personal story today in our link. Someone who has eventually in college decided to own dyslexia and now lives with it a lot easier. A quote:

Dyslexia doesn’t define me anymore. Many of my peers don’t know I have it because I don’t let it define who I am as a student or as a person.

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How schools fail dyslectic children

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The link for today goes to a radio program about how poor schools across the country deal with Learning Disabilities, a quote:

across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

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Let’s call it by its proper name! Dyslexia

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Gov. Cuomo just signed into law a measure codifying federal protections permitting the words dyslexia, dysgraphia (which affects writing ability) and dyscalculia (affecting mathematical processing) to be used in determining eligibility for special education services and developing Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs. It will also require the state Education Department to develop a guidance memorandum for use by public schools in implementing these protections. Calling disorders by their proper names, which Confucius told us is “the beginning of wisdom,” will give clarity to what has been a muddled proposition in the past.

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