Dealing with Dyslexia during lockdown

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Ruadhán Jones discusses how children can improve their word skills at home Many parents have struggled to effectively help their children with schoolwork during lockdown; for parents of children with dyslexia, it’s even more challenging. Experts suggest that around 10% of children in Ireland are affected by dyslexia. This suggests that there are many school…

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Reintroducing Dyslexia: Early Identification and Implications for Pediatric Practice

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Cognitive-behavioral research has revealed that there are early literacy skill deficits that represent red flags for dyslexia risk and can be measured at a preschool age. Altogether, this evidence points to dyslexia as a disorder that can be flagged by a pediatrician before school entry, during a period of heightened brain plasticity when interventions are more likely to be effective. 

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Changing the way we teach dyslectic children

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Dyslexic children are missing out at schools by being put straight in front of books.

Experts have drawn up a petition which they hope will lead to a Government review in early reading instruction.

Learning Matters founder Carla McNeil says all of the foundations skills in letter sounds need to be taught systematically before children go to books and begin reading and writing.

She says dyslexia teaching based on neuroscience research is far more advanced overseas.

“We’re that far behind the game, it is incredibly frustrating.” 

She says they need to be taken in a step by step approach before being introduced to reading and writing.

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Learning Ally free until August 1

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Thank you Learning Ally

Learning Ally, a not-for-profit and leading education solutions organization serving at-risk learners, is responding to the COVID-19 crisis with a relief program to schools across the country. The program includes the Learning Ally Audiobook Solution that helps students with reading deficits, a Distance Learning Resource Site for both educators and parents, and the Square PandaR School to Home Engagement Program for emerging readers. The program offers complimentary access to these proven literacy development solutions effective immediately through August 1st, helping to keep students reading in this crisis and providing a platform that educators nationwide can consider as a component for ensuring distance learning literacy progress, continuity, and equity in the future.

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Learning from home with learning disabilities

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Most parents are learning new respect for teachers. With most schools closed until fall, mom and dad have had to step up by either homeschooling or making sure online classes are being done.

It’s difficult for most families, but even more trying and time-consuming for students and their parents dealing with learning disabilities.

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Websearch with Dyslexia

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Web search is a key digital literacy skill that can be particularly challenging for people with dyslexia, a common learning disability that affects reading and spelling skills in about 15% of the English-speaking population. In the paper in our link for today, the researchers collected and analyzed eye-tracking, search log, and self-report data from 27 participants (14 with dyslexia) to confirm that searchers with dyslexia struggle with all stages of the search process and have markedly different gaze patterns and search behavior that reflect the strategies used and challenges faced. Based on these findings, they discuss design implications to improve the cognitive accessibility of web search.

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Free Dyslexia Course

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Offered to you by the Madras Dyslexia Organization.

The basic course on Remedial Instructions For Primary School Children With Specific Learning Difficulty empowers primary school teachers to provide active support to the children in their class with mild to moderate Specific Learning Difficulty or Dyslexia.

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The truth about the role of the cerebellum

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The cerebellum does not affect reading ability in people with dyslexia, according to a study that challenges a controversial theory.

The cerebellum is a brain structure traditionally involved in motor function.

This new study disputes that theory and could lead to improved treatment of dyslexia, according to scientists from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C

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Optometris awarded

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 A Holland-area optometrist received national recognition Friday for the progress one of his patients made in optometric vision therapy that allowed him to read easily after years of struggling.

“He really did all the work we told him what to do and he made so much progress,” development optometrist Dr. Neil Renaud said. ”(He) has seen so many hurdles that were in the way for him for reading, like double vision and blurry vision and letters moving on the page, dyslexia, getting lost all the time. He’s enjoying reading now for the first time in his life. … He’s the one who had a life-changing experience that he’s going to carry forever.”

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