Diagnosing the brain

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It remains difficult to diagnose what is going on in the brain. See the article in today’s link:

Concussions are finicky. They look different in different people. There still isn’t a clear biological signature we’re able to track. So instead, trainers and doctors lean on reported symptoms and neurocognitive tests, which measure things like memory, processing speed, and reaction time, to guide concussion diagnosis.

These tests, though, don’t serve all athletes equally: Disabilities, particularly learning disabilities like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, skew the results, making concussions more challenging to diagnose and treat in disabled athletes.

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The struggle to get resources for Dyslexia

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It continues to be an issue. I’m saying due to unawareness of the severity of the condition, others have different opinions but I remain an optimist. In any case it took a federal investigation to get thing right in Texas.

After a 15-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Education found in January that Texas had effectively capped federally-funded special education services for at least a decade, denying thousands of kids with disabilities the tools and assistance they need to learn. The report said the ambiguity in the state’s policy on dyslexia may have directed some eligible students away from federally-funded special education services, violating federal law.

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High Tech start up for Dyslexia

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OrCam has developed a computer vision device that can be mounted on glasses and is designed to help visually impaired people, the blind, dyslexics, and those who tire easily of reading. The device includes a miniature video camera, a processing unit, and a rechargeable power unit, and uses an algorithm developed by the company through which the device can read texts. Similarly, the device knows how to identify products, colors, and currency. The device can also recognize up to 100 people’s faces, which the user enters into the device.This allows the device user to identify family members, friends, and colleagues. The information is transmitted almost immediately by voice.

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search with dyslexia, a challenge

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As many as 20% of English speakers have dyslexia, a language disability that impacts reading and spelling. Web search is an important modern literacy skill, yet the accessibility of this language-centric endeavor to people with dyslexia is largely unexplored. We interviewed ten adults with dyslexia and conducted an online survey with 81 dyslexic and 80 non-dyslexic adults, in which participants described challenges they face in various stages of web search

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Misspelled

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Here is a gamer who came up with a great little browser app that highlights misspelled words. Here is what he tells us:

Misspelled is great for me because it highlights whatever word I have spelled incorrectly and when clicked on will open a window offering words that I might be what I was trying to type. One of the things I do is jumble or mix letters within a word but half the time I look at what I have typed, it will appear correct to me as long as it has the right letters and isn’t too bad. It can be very frustration. By highlighting the word, it points out my errors making them easier to find.

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the Barton method

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Teacher Gail Grossman leads a small group of students, matching three sounds to three different colored tiles: n-i-sh. The exercises help students learn to break words down into sounds, something that’s easier for some kids than others. The tiles and planned exercises are part of the Barton System, a program that helps students with dyslexia, a learning disability that causes students to struggle reading and writing. The method is based on Orton-Gillingham but non professionals can easily use it.

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Kids helping Kids

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Kids Read 2 Kids is a free online website founded by 3 young siblings – Jacob (15), Alana (17), and Reuben (11). They launched their website in June 2017 and have seen great success just in a few short months. Through their online website and YouTube channel, these phenomenal kids have come up with a creative way to help motivate other kids to read. The idea behind their project is that they record themselves reading books out loud so that other kids can follow along on their own. By doing this, they are able to engage with other kids their age and show them that reading can be enjoyable.

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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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