From Mississippi comes the free Dyslexia screener that teachers can use to screen their students and find out in an early stage if they should have more testing done and be a possible candidate for extra help with reading and writing.
Great website brimming with activities for dyslectic children. It is designed by Desi Bootsman, she herself also known with dyslexia, and she has been nominated for several awards to celebrate this success. (remember there is always google translate)
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.
Navigating and negotiating an IEP for your child is not easy for many parents. Here we have a group of concerned parents who started out as a dyslexia support group on facebook, but now have grown into a site where people can go for help with any IEP meeting they face.
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 “troubleswith 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We may not always actually bring you some basics about Dyslexia, mostly our posts are news and views about the learning disability. Well here is a link to a wonderful site that gives some easy to read basics for when you want to update your knowledge quickly.
Restoring normal patterns of rhythmic neural activity through non-invasive electrical stimulation of the brain alleviates sound-processing deficits and improves reading accuracy in adults with dyslexia, according to a new study.
Visual perception has been found to be a critical factor for reading comprehension and arithmetic computation in separate lines of research with different measures of visual form perception. The current study of 1099 Chinese elementary school students investigated whether the same visual form perception (assessed by a geometric figure matching task) underlies both reading comprehension and arithmetic computation. The results showed that visual form perception had close relations with both reading comprehension and arithmetic computation, even after controlling for age, gender, and cognitive factors such as processing speed, attention, working memory, visuo-spatial processing, and general intelligence.
Cui J, Zhang Y, Wan S, Chen C, Zeng J, Zhou X. Visual form perception is fundamental for both reading comprehension and arithmetic computation. Cognition. 2019;189:141-154. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2019.03.014