For some kids, virtual schooling is actually an improvement

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Read how someone has successfully transitioned to an online school:

WAVA uses classes taught by certificated teachers from Washington state, multimedia learning modules such as videos, quizzes and nonfiction articles, traditional textbooks and hands-on materials. It does require significant help from the student’s learning coach

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Scanning pens all the rage during the pandemic

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A Wiltshire tech company that makes scanning pens to help dyslexic people read has experienced a surge in demand during the pandemic.

Westbury-based Scanning Pens said its products had become “vital” for children with special educational needs, who had lost the support of classroom assistants this year.

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Dyslexia awareness month

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October is dyslexia awareness month and some city’s go out of their way to draw attention to this learning disability.

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Why are some bilingual people dyslexic in English but not their other language?

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 How have we ended up with the phenomenon that some people who speak both English and another language can be dyslexic in one, but not the other?

The answer, it seems, is hidden in the characteristics of a language and its writing system.

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Presidential attention for Dyslexia

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This National Dyslexia Awareness Month, the First Lady and I join our fellow Americans in recognizing those countless individuals who have enriched our country while also living with dyslexia.  Together, we commit to continuing to improve our learning environments, expand innovation in our workplaces, and strengthen our communities to ensure these individuals can seize every opportunity to achieve success and prosperity and to contribute to greatness of our country.

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Yes you can be a journalist and be dyslectic

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A journalist has opened up on being diagnosed with dyslexia while working for a regional daily.

Lisa Wong, who works for Sheffield daily The Star under the Facebook-funded Community News Project, has shared her experience of the condition to mark Dyslexia Week, which runs from 5 to 11 October.

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Decoding Dyslexia

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Reading and dyslexia illustrate the rich tension between nature and nurture. Reading is a learned skill; no one is born reading. But learning to read relies on inborn human capacities for language and speech. And dyslexia is a genetic condition that compromises these brain networks.

Yet laypeople are convinced that dyslexia results from “troubles with vision. And these errors matter. A parent who holds these views might fail to recognize her child’s difficulties with rhymes and pig Latin (both require phonemic awareness) as warning signs.

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New dyslexia app in the making

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A team in the UK has proposed an app called ‘Dimming Dyslexia’ to analyze online text and other educational resources and translate them into formats that are easier for those with dyslexia to understand. The app can present written text as videos and cartoons, and change font size and colors on the page to present more dyslexia-friendly formats.

The all female team won the BT young pioneer award which means they will be supported to develop the prototype into a working app with the help of BT experts.

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The first report card of the year

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The schoolyear has started and the first report card may have come home by now. You may be coming aware of issues with your child’s learning. The teachers may invite you for a conference. The understood organization has a great explanation of the difference between a parent teacher conference and an IEP meeting, see our link for today.

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Learning disabilities are a connection problem

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Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Instead, poor connectivity between ‘hubs’ within the brain is much more strongly related to children’s difficulties.

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Online Dyslexia screening

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People taking the Dystech test supply a date of birth and email before being presented with a series of words on the screen. Users then repeat the words aloud with the audio being recorded for analysis.

The test, available through a mobile app or in the browser, takes around 10 minutes to complete.

The audio is automatically analysed by the algorithm to determine the likelihood of dyslexia. While the test can’t provide a diagnosis and Dystech does not offer medical advice, Richard says it returns a percentage likelihood of dyslexia as well as metrics on reading reaction time and average reading time.

The results can give an indication if users should seek an official diagnosis – currently only able to be provided by a psychologist.

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About Cursive and Dyslexia

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There is a school of thought that argues children with dyslexia (reading problems) are helped by learning cursive. The argument insists the brain responds neuroplastically to the flow and rhythm of the cursive experience.

See the back and forth debate on the good and bad of cursive writing in our link for today.

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