Videos for special needs

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Videos like Baby Shark aren’t just about sparking viral dances alone. It’s a glimpse into the immense, but the as-of-yet untapped potential of what educational technology can do for our students, particularly those with special needs.

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Does reading to your baby prevent dyslexia?

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Dear Dr. Linda,

I have a 3-month-old baby and have been reading to her from the day she was born. My husband has dyslexia and I’m concerned that she may have inherited it. Will this prevent it?

Madison

 

Dear Madison,

I wish there was a guarantee that your baby wouldn’t inherit her dad’s “reading gene” but there isn’t. Whether she has a genetic predisposition to dyslexia has no direct relationship to what you are doing.

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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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It may be the eyes after all

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French scientists claim they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye.

In people with the condition, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing “mirror” images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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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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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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Learn to read and change your brain

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A new study has found that deep areas of the brain are re-purposed to create the neural network necessary for acquiring literacy skills. Luckily, even the adult brain can undergo this process with relative ease.

if just a few months of literacy education can lead to fundamental changes in the thalamus, then the hypothesis that dyslexia may be caused by thalamus dysfunctions will need further study. One possible way of investigating this would be to check for thalamus dysfunction in preschool children (who have not yet begun to read) from families with a history of dyslexia.

 

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The growth mindset for Dyslexia

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Gravity Goldberg says that struggle is part of reading, not a unique experience to students learning to read. It’s common to start a book and be confused, or to read a passage and miss something, but teachers don’t often make it clear how universal that experience is, no matter one’s reading level. Rather than being assignors, monitors and managers, Goldberg coaches teachers to see themselves as miners, mirrors, models and mentors.

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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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Arizona 15th state with Dyslexia handbook!

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Arizona is only the 15th state to create a handbook to help schools identify traits of dyslexia. The handbook also outlines changes that can be made in how these students learn like taking tests with computers rather than handwritten tests or implementing more visual lessons.

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an App for children with Dyslexia

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Amberlynn Slavin, an occupational therapist and the creator of the fantastic app for kids with dyslexia and dysgraphia, SnapType. Amberlynn designed SnapType to give kids who have learning disabilities that impact their handwriting an easy way to fill in worksheets so they don’t fall behind in class. Created only two years ago, SnapType has been downloaded more than half-a-million times and is being used in more than fifty countries.

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