Dyslexia font does not help at all

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The Dyslexie font, designed in 2009 by graphic designer Christian Boer, claims to have positive effects on reading for those with dyslexia. This development comes from the argument that children with dyslexia require a larger font size and greater spacing between letters to enhance reading abilities. However, dyslexia has historically been known as a phonological deficit, rather than a visual one, calling to question this claim. This research looks into the effects on reading of using Dyslexie font compared to mainstream fonts, and uncovers the reality of specialized fonts such as Dyslexie.

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Dyslexia as a superpower

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Matt Strawbridge says his early schooling years were tough, and that’s why he’s putting his efforts into making them more bearable for others.

“I’m dyslexic and going through school wasn’t particularly easy. I just don’t want any dyslexic kid to feel like I did growing up.”

Now the 19-year-old is helping kids all over New Zealand turn dyslexia into their “superpower”.

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Gadget to help dyslectic children

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For dyslexic children, the multi-sensory approach to learning — from sight to sound — is a struggle, which is what a team from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) hopes to address with an enhanced teaching tool.

Called the ProCubeX, the cuboid-shaped gadget works with an application loaded with lesson plans of varying difficulty levels.

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The Human Cost of Dyslexia

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The human cost of letting our students continue on without the appropriate intervention is unacceptable. We’re doing targeted research-based, intensive instruction; three kids to one teacher ratio, 45 minutes a day. It’s something that we really haven’t done before in public education.

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Technology for Dyslexia

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A presentation skills tool has been developed by by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) and a group of students from Nanyang Technological University. It is aimed at dyslexic students who will be entering tertiary institutions. It will be introduced to 50 students across 14 DAS centres in September.

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End of Dyslexia

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Well not really but read the great story by Lisa Wood Shapiro, who was and is dyslectic but has found remarkable ways to get around most issues and works as a writer. She says:

But I’ve never thought of myself as having a disability. Instead, I see it as a glitch, and one I’ve gotten good at masking. I’ve been able to hide my dyslexia for decades simply because I live in an age of technological wonders. Microsoft Word spell-checks most every syllable I write. When my dyslexic mind mangles a word so much that it’s rendered un-spell-checkable, I’ll deploy an arsenal of workarounds. I might reverse-engineer a word by typing an easy synonym into the thesaurus, or I might paste my best attempt into my browser bar and let the search engine offer the correct spelling as a suggested query.

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Tell them they are not stupid.

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Read how backwards the policy in New Zealand seems to be. What a shame!

Our son has never done very well academically. It is incredibly difficult for an intelligent child to perform poorly in school. He has suffered high anxiety, periodically vomits at school and is sent home. He has had sore stomachs for years with no medical answer. It is heartbreaking to hear your child tell you how stupid they are.

We applied for government funding to have our son assessed, but this was declined as a child needs to be at least two years below in all academic areas. How can a child who has only been at school two years be more than two years below?

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Intense specialized training improves and impacts the brain

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Using MRI measurements of the brain’s neural connections, or “white matter,” UW researchers have shown that, in struggling readers, the neural circuitry strengthened—and their reading performance improved—after just eight weeks of a specialized tutoring program. The study, published June 8 in Nature Communications, is the first to measure white matter during an intensive educational intervention and link children’s learning with their brains’ flexibility.

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The difference between dyslexia and ‘dsxyliea’ may lie in bilingualism

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Dyslexic children learning both a language that is pronounced as written -like Spanish- and a second language in which the same letter can have several sounds -such as English- are less affected by this alteration when reading or writing in the latter language. The authors of the Basque research centre BCBL warn that this is less a cure than a reduction of some of the symptoms.

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Once she was lost but now she has found herself

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Then on February 12 this year, I decided to seek help and my first stop was online, where I started looking for information about my condition. I knew that there was an inconsistency about my “stupidity”. I was good with numbers but poor in language and self-expression. I googled my insecurities and dyslexia came up. Finally, I could put a name to what was ailing me.

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Dyscalculia in a dance

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A dancer incorporates his dyslexia in an epic dance. Voices of stage need to help him through his dance steps:

Throwing the book aside, he repeats the steps, as if trying to get them right before stopping and asking the audience how long it takes to correct a mistake.

The dancer’s inability to perfect the footwork is a metaphor for his struggles with reading and the way letters jumble together for dyslexic people.

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See it from the other side teacher!

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Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disability, but teachers may not always be able to recognize it in their students. A recent workshop in Sioux Falls  gave elementary teachers a glimpse of the challenges their dyslexic students can face in the classroom.

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