Learning Ally is a nonprofit dedicated to helping all students reach their full potential, especially in literacy. We are excited to announce a new supplemental PK-2 literacy offering we are developing- Excite Reading!
Make sure you read the wonderful article by the understood organization about reading anxiety and how to help your child. Their first tip:
Reading long books or pages can feel overwhelming. Sharing the load can make it feel more manageable. Try reading aloud together and trading off pages. This gives kids a break and lets them hear fluent reading.
Neuroscientists at Technische Universität Dresden discovered a novel, non-invasive imaging-based method to investigate the visual sensory thalamus, an important structure of the human brain and point of origin of visual difficulties in diseases such as dyslexia and glaucoma. The new method could provide an in-depth understanding of visual sensory processing in both health and disease in the near future.
A study among Swedish school children found evidence that visual and auditory white noise can help children with reading difficulties perform reading tasks. Performance benefits were most evident for visual white noise, which improved children’s performance during both reading and word recall. The findings were published in the journal Brain and Behavior.
A new app will soon help more than 50,000 Israeli students learn English through an innovative app that immerses them in popular music. Getting kids to interact with the words in real life through music is a very effective learning tool, and we are finding that dyslexic and special education students are responding especially well
He always wanted to do the role after firefighters saved his life following a serious road traffic collision when he was 10-years-old but he was worried that his dyslexia would hold him back from being successful.
“It’s been the complete opposite,” says Bradley. “Dyslexia didn’t hold me back and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been amazing. So many people and teams have helped me so much and were able to give me support for the written and practical assessments.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has chosen EarlyBird as an approved early literacy screening assessment. Developed and scientifically validated at Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research, EarlyBird is a game-based screener that brings together all the relevant predictors of reading in one easy-to-administer assessment.
Read the wonderful story of Chris Hughes who struggled as a child with dyslexia, however did not let his learning disability get the better of him and eventually now features as a CEO in a tech firm.
Chris Hughes is the co-chair of Skills Development Scotland’s Neurodiversity Workstream. In the final column in the series promoting neurodivergent talent, he issues a clear to call action for tech companies, both big and small, to give these talented individuals an opportunity.
After years of research, Carlsbad eye doctor and Dyslexia expert, Dr. David Bloch, has developed new super tools that correct reading disabilities in record time. His Reading Without Limits program is so unique that it has a patent pending. Parent Pat W. said, “I worked as a senior education consultant for the USA at the world’s largest education company, Dr. Bloch’s tools and processes are easily one of the three best programs I’ve ever seen in North America.”
After years of research, Carlsbad eye doctor and Dyslexia expert, Dr. David Bloch, has developed new super tools that correct reading disabilities in record time. His Reading Without Limits program is so unique that it has a patent pending. Most reading specialists believe that earlier readers need to learn word recognition by decoding phonetic patterns. Dr. Bloch contends that phonics, sight words, picture cues, and even verbal cues are not critical in learning to read. What is critical are oral vocabulary and visual tracking ability. Unlike traditional reading programs, his method permanently repairs the disconnect between auditory and visual processing experienced by those with Dyslexia
Research results show that brain regions in the reading network change more in first and second grade. Reading interventions such as speech therapy often start only in the third year, because there must be an ongoing problem. But by then, the reading grid will no longer be plastic. If you want to prevent further deficits, it is best to intervene when these brain areas are most likely to improve.
In further development of the reading regions on the left side of the brain, they no longer found any structural differences between dyslexic and non-dyslexic children. They develop similarly. But discrimination that already existed in preschool age is no longer compensated for without early intervention.
DYSLEXIA, a learning disability that makes reading and writing difficult, is often a damning diagnosis for many. For some, it can feel like a lifetime sentence to failure. But James Watson proves that having success is possible for those challenged with dyslexia as he opened his own technology services and solutions company, Computer Consultants.
Read the story from master chef James Martin in our link for today. He was not aware that he had dyslexia until he was 30 years old. Read his story of struggles and how it has affected him, although he still was able to build a great career.
Starting in the 2022-23 school year, every Kindergarten through third grade student who is reading below grade level will be screened for dyslexia.
The State Board of Education voted to approve screening assessment providers in its Thursday meeting. School districts will have the upcoming school year to determine which assessment they want to use.
Prisoners with learning needs such as dyslexia, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will receive extra help in a pilot education programme starting at five jails in England and Wales.
Nick Posford, CEO, British Dyslexia Association said, “As the leading charity for dyslexia, we welcome Dr Helen Taylor’s ground-breaking research on the evolution of complementary cognition. Whilst our current education and work environments are often not designed to make the most of dyslexia-associated thinking, we hope this research provides a starting point for further exploration of the economic, cultural and social benefits the whole of society can gain from the unique abilities of people with dyslexia.”
The shift to remote learning after the pandemic has affected children with disabilities the hardest. A recent survey in the United States underlines just how profound an impact this shift to remote learning is having on children with learning and thinking differences like ADHD and specific learning disabilities like dyslexia and dyscalculia. The survey highlights the academic, financial and emotional impact of the switch.