See in our link for today part five of a five-part series about how to support and accommodate middle-schoolers, high-schoolers, and adults with dyslexia. You can read part one here and part here, part three here, and part four here.
Dyslexia, and its lesser-known cousin, Dyscalculia are defined as a brain-based learning difficulties related to either reading, or to the difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic. According to the Dyslexia Foundation, about 5-10% of the population has dyslexia, and around 6% have dyscalculia. As a counterpoint, and starting point for this blog, let’s look at other figures:
Fewer than 40 percent of fourth and eighth grade students nationwide are proficient readers. Now, led by parents of children with dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading and spelling difficult, some states are trying to change how reading is taught. Special correspondent Lisa Stark reports from Arkansas, where a group of determined advocates have upended traditional reading instruction.
Leonardo da Vinci was an atrocious speller, a sure sign of dyslexia,
but it’s possible that very disorder fueled his genius, a researcher
May 2 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of da Vinci,
an inventor and artist regarded by many as the most creative person ever
“Dyslexia is probably one of the things that made da Vinci
so creative, made him Leonardo,” said researcher Dr. Salvatore
Mangione, an associate professor in the department of medicine at Thomas
Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
No national studies have been done to show the prevalence of dyslexia among prisoners, but the little research that exists at the state level suggests the rates are quite high: A 2000 study of Texas prisoners found that about half were likely dyslexic, and about two-thirds struggled with reading comprehension.
West Branch senior Cassie Madison was presented with the Congressional App Challenge award by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson. Madison, shown with Johnson, created Dysulator, to help students with dyslexia, like herself. She created the app through Android Studio using kotlin code. Madison hopes “parents and teachers can use this app to understand dyslexics and make a positive change in our future.” Her app has three main components: an dyslexia tab, an interactive game simulator and a help and support tab. The game simulator attempts to recreate how a dyslexic person would see and feel throughout a game. Madison is one of four students from Ohio who were selected as winners.
Broadcast journalism junior Maria Mendoza has dealt with Dyslexia her entire life, but through journalism, she propelled herself to success and earned the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award.
Work is being done on developing a new test that will give an earlier diagnosis so that students with dyslexia can get support they deserve also earlier. Cardiff Metropolitan University is carrying out trials using new technology to speed up diagnoses for dyslexia. This unique test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and researchers are looking for more children with a diagnosis to come forward to try out a screening test.
We hear it so often, parents think their student has issues with reading or writing but they are not sure. Well take the guess work out of it and see the site from the dyslexia association in Ireland for a handy list.
If, one visits the internet, homeopathy related websites are being touted to be effective in managing the symptoms of learning disabilities by ‘healing the mind’. Even the lists of homeopathic medicines are available on the net for children with learning disabilities.
Many parents are turning to homeopathic treatment for learning disabilities ever since Indian Health Ministry is promoting homeopathy as a recognized alternative healing system. However, most parents soon get disappointed but do not complain. Even many quacks and home remedy systems have been selling camel’s milk on the sly as a treatment for learning disabilities.
Texas is bringing Cursive writing back next school year.
Districts that cut cursive classes have kept teaching it to students with dyslexia. Manor ISD’s dyslexia coordinator says it stimulates brain function, helps with memory, and allows students to focus on whole words instead of individual letters.
Goldman Sachs is the latest company to target job candidates on the autism spectrum as it looks to boost diversity.
The investment bank told employees on Tuesday that it’s launching an eight-week paid internship for individuals with work experience who identify as neurodiverse, which includes those with autism, dyslexia, ADHD, developmental disorders and other mental health conditions.
Protocall Communications Inc. will settle an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $31,000 after an employee with dyslexia filed a complaint alleging its director of human resources stopped her training, denied her an accommodation and fired her when she learned of her disability
researchers from the University of Hong Kong determined that, while dyslexia in English-speakers is primarily due to a sound-related processing problem, among Chinese language speakers, it is likely driven by both visual and sound processing disorders.