When learning to read is not easy

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Stanislas Dehaene outlines in his book, “Reading in the Brain,” our brains were not originally designed to read.  Our brains were designed to hunt for food and look out for predators, not to create meaning from symbols on paper. 

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Unexpected benefits of writing cursive

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………..And finally, the biggest reason for my daughter to learn cursive is that both her parents have dyslexia. The way dyslexia works is things get flipped and moved around in a 3D environment in our minds. Because of this, “b,” “d,” “p,” and “q” all look the same. But if we learn to look at the words instead of the individual letters, then “bed” looks different from “pad,” for example. When I am reading and writing, I actually think about the word bed to help me see “b” and “d” differently. Cursive enables this by connecting the letters in a word together. My daughter may not have dyslexia, but she does show possible early signs. Because of this, if cursive was not introduced to my daughter in second grade after print handwriting was mastered, I would be taking her to calligraphy classes to get the basics of cursive.

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The benefits of handwriting

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IN TODAY’S high-tech world, lengthy handwritten letters are a rarity. E-mail, text messages, Viber and Facebook Messenges have replaced handwritten letters. I feel however that electronic communication is a little impersonal. Call me sentimental and old-fashioned, but I believe handwritten messages add a personal touch to the message.

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Audio Textbook Library

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Over the last 60 years, volunteers from across the nation have produced over 83,000 recordings to contribute to Learning Ally’s audio textbook library for those with print disabilities. The nonprofit organization relies entirely on volunteers from the community to produce these recordings that will benefit students with dyslexia, visual impairment and blindness.

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A new tool for Dyslexia online

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The tool provides the opportunity for users to underline words or highlight material on online texts and choose among 15 dyslexic friendly colors and font size options or a Text-to-Speech option, supporting almost all languages.

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Play games to improve dyslexia!

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A recent study published in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports reveals that these video games improve not only visual attention, but also verbal memory. The researchers have discovered that improvements in reading speed, following a few hours of playing a typical video action game is due to stimulation of specific brain circuits which improve, not only visual attention, but also memorizing words and language.

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Dyslectic drivers should have some support

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Some mothers pushed and on April 28, the state Department of Transportation made an audio version of the state driver’s manual available for free online at http://www.dmv.pa.gov/Driver-Services/Driver-Licensing/Pages/PA-Driver’s- Manual– -Audio- Version.

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A dyslexia tool at the library

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Here is what a family did to help their child and many others:

THE frustration of reading and comprehending the simplest of sentences can now be alleviated thanks to the hard work and donations of a local Albany family.

The Burns family helped the Albany Public Library to expand their dyslexia-friendly reading resources, which now includes the C-Pen.
The C-Pen is a guided reading tool to assist children and adults with learning difficulties.

It has been described as a digital highlighter that can scan words, speak them out loud and acquire word definitions from a Collins dictionary within its onboard software.

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Will colored light help for dyslectic kids?

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A group of Tauranga Girls’ College students have come up with an idea that could help dyslexic students – and save them hundreds of dollars.

The Year 13 girls have formed a company for this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme called Brite and are preparing to launch their product, the iBrite.

It’s a little LED device that sits at the top of a student’s page of work, shining coloured light over the text. The idea is that the different lighting helps those with dyslexia process words better.

We have heard various opinions on the approach with colored overlays or like here with colored light. but if it helps you this looks like a good option.

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The Orton-Gillingham approach explained

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The Orton-Gillingham approach is a tried-and-true sequential approach to learning to read, geared for beginning readers and those who have difficulty with reading, writing and spelling, such as those children with dyslexia.

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