The value of early interventions

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One mother recognized the value of early interventions and the fact that there were absolutely no data on this from the school districts. She took action, read on to see how she got things moving in the right direction.

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The date of your birth is important when you have a learning disability

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The lack of vitamin D in children conceived in winter, makes all the difference according to a new study. If we could solve that seasonal fluctuation we could reduce the number of learning disabilities by 11%.

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Avoid learning issues, get enough sleep

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If it will prevent Dyslexia I don’t know but here is breaking consensus about how much sleep our children need.

Best quote:

The panel found that sleeping fewer than the recommended hours is associated with attention, behavior and learning problems.

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What can you do about Dyslexia?

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You can’t prevent dyslexia but there are many activities that you can do which will help your dyslexic child. Prevention is better than cure so get in there early, but do remember to have fun. If you get too serious and anxious, you’ll get resistance and it just won’t work

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Dyslexia in Babies, detected with MRI

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Nadine Gaab, a researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and her colleagues used an MRI technique that could isolate particular structures in the brain with children 1 year or younger in kids who had a parent or older sibling with dyslexia, which gives them a 50 percent chance of having dyslexia themselves, the researchers found noticeable differences in the fibers that connect two key language-processing centers of the brain.

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Dyslexia and fishy oil

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Here is an Oxford researcher who claims that a rich Omega 3 diet is key to fighting dyslexia.

The University of Oxford conducted a pilot study, which found that it was possible to improve the reading abilities of children by giving them supplements of DHA. A larger replication study is currently underway to try to confirm this finding.

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Recognizing Dyslexia

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This never gets old. An article with tips to recognize Dyslexia in your children. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to recognize the learning disability and chase up the schools to provide adequate resources for your child.

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Quick action is necessary for Dyslexia

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We hear this story every week. A child is tested and borderline meets the criteria for additional resources from the school district and so the teachers (and parents) decide to sit and wait. Well here is some news for you:

Ninety percent of children who are struggling with reading, writing and spelling by mid-year of first grade will still be struggling with those skills in eighth grade and on into adulthood unless they receive specialized help, according to the International Dyslexia Association.

Is that clear now? Can we now move on and get the appropriate attention and help for our kids?

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Dyslexia? Take a pill

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If it was only that simple. Today we link to a story highlighting the importance of a balanced diet and advocating the benefits of vitamin D3, which we lack because we don’t get exposed to sunlight enough these days. Lower levels of this vitamin are associated with all kinds of issues, among which Dyslexia.

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Dyslexia before you are born?

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New research from the University of Helsinki suggests that humans begin to distinguish between sounds before they are even born. Eino Partanen and colleagues explored how prenatal experiences influence learning. “We wanted to find out what kind of material foetuses can learn in the womb, what kind of neural representations they form,” he said.

Can this be developed into any kind of therapy or intervention for infants? Partanen thinks so. Problems such as dyslexia, he thinks, could be approached at a much earlier level. Although there is no way of knowing whether a baby is going to develop dyslexia, with some degree there are factors that you can look into to see whether or not they are at risk. Dyslexia is partly genetic, for example. In this case, prenatal therapy could be developed for risk groups in order to facilitate learning.

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Dyslexia library online

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We are not sponsored by Dynaread but we need to talk to you about them. This company, who offers reading remediation for children with Dyslexia in 200 lessons, has an extensive library online with information and resources related to the learning disability.

Now as reading is not the strong point from the target audience they have updated their site with Ivona Text-to-speech technology. When you browse their site you will be presented with a red “listen” button that will give you the story verbally. It sounds really well and probably as good as my talking GPS in the car.

In the library they offer articles, explanations and some videos.

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Help for struggling readers

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Joan Brennan maintains a blog that provides you with help and resources to work on getting Dyslexia under control or at least have the school districts offer classroom accommodations to your struggling reader. A wonderful initiatives. We have not tested her invented focus reading card yet but we support anyone who raises awareness about Dyslexia.

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Treating Dyslexia Before Kids Learn to Read

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Treatment for dyslexia can begin even before children start learning to read, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Italy found that the learning disability may be linked to problems with children’s visual attention. They said their findings could lead to earlier diagnosis and new treatments for those with the condition.

“Visual attention deficits are surprisingly way more predictive of future reading disorders than are language abilities at the pre-reading stage,” Andrea Facoetti, of the University of Padua, said in a journal news release.

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THE D WORD: UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA

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THE D WORD: UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA skillfully explores the complex and often challenging world faced by those who have this disability. The film focuses on high-school senior Dylan as he shares his early struggles in school and prepares to begin studies at the college of his choice. Interviews with other young dyslexics, as well as highly accomplished businesspeople diagnosed with the learning disability, including Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, and California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, are seamlessly incorporated into the story. Two prominent doctors in the field at the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity help demystify and mitigate the stigma surrounding this syndrome.

Focusing on the positive aspects of dyslexia and incorporating creative animation sequences, James Redford’s film emphasizes specific areas where dyslexics excel and suggests thoughtful strategies for their academic success in our often-rigid educational system.

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Dyslexia Victoria Online is introducing videos on Dyslexia Awareness

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We are introducing a series of videos about Dyslexia awareness, teaching and learning strategies, accommodations, computer programs and resources for children and adults. 

We are also planning to have some webinars and involve people in the discussion portions of the webcast.

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Dyslexia Checklist

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All ages

1. Is he bright in some ways with a ‘block’ in others?

2. Is there anyone else in the family with similar difficulties?

3. Does he have difficulty carrying out three instructions in sequence?

4. Was he late in learning to talk, or with speaking clearly?

Ages 7-11

1. Does he have particular difficulty with reading or spelling?

2. Does he put figures or letters the wrong way e.g. 15 for 51, 6 for 9, b for d, was for saw?

3. Does he read a word then fail to recognise it further down the page?

4. Does he spell a word several different ways without recognising the correct version?

5. Does he have a poor concentration span for reading and writing?

6. Does he have difficulty understanding time and tense?

7. Does he confuse left and right?

8. Does he answer questions orally but have difficulty writing the answer?

9. Is he unusually clumsy?

10. Does he have trouble with sounds in words, e.g. poor sense of rhyme?

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Symptoms of dyslexia

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The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity has a lot of information about dyslexia. Here are some of the signs of the disorder in people of different ages:

Preschool years

● Trouble learning common nursery rhymes, such as “Jack and Jill”

● Difficulty learning (and remembering) names of letters in alphabet

● Mispronounces familiar words; persistent “baby talk”

● Doesn’t recognize rhyming patterns

● Family history of reading and/or spelling difficulties

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