Occupational Therapy for Dyslexia

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Occupational Therapy approach can be very effective in dealing with dyslexia as it addresses key components of skills such as oculomotor function or visual efficiency, executive functioning, and motor coordination. An occupational therapist, after proper evaluation of the dyslexic student and his/her ailment, will prepare a customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to help them continue with life skills, work and leisure activities as independently as possible.

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Dyslexia and music

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A 2014 study conducted in the United Kingdom found that childhood music training can improve the sound-to-language processing skills that those with dyslexia struggle with. Read a happy story about how one pupil was helped by the music teaching she received in our link for today.

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New dyslexia app

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West Branch senior Cassie Madison was presented with the Congressional App Challenge award by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson. Madison, shown with Johnson, created Dysulator, to help students with dyslexia, like herself. She created the app through Android Studio using kotlin code. Madison hopes “parents and teachers can use this app to understand dyslexics and make a positive change in our future.” Her app has three main components: an dyslexia tab, an interactive game simulator and a help and support tab. The game simulator attempts to recreate how a dyslexic person would see and feel throughout a game. Madison is one of four students from Ohio who were selected as winners.

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Helping students with dyslexia

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Researchers estimate that dyslexia affects between 5 and 12 percent of the U.S. population — and as many as 80 percent of students who struggle with reading.

If you find that statistic startling, you’re not alone: It wasn’t until 2017 that New York State clarified that a diagnosis of dyslexia could be used in classifying students with a learning disability in order to determine eligibility for special education services and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

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Are Green Glasses the ultimate fix for Dyslexia?

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Researchers at the São Paulo State University in Brazil and Paris Diderot University in France have for the first time conclusively showed that green light filter can help children overcome symptoms of dyslexia. Specifically, nine and ten year-old children with dyslexia improved their reading time significantly when using green color glasses.

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Dyslexia Resource handbook in the making

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In recent reading tests, 25 percent of Oklahoma students scored below basic level, or unsatisfactory, while 28 percent scored proficient. Those numbers were worse for kids with identified learning disabilities like dyslexia.

So now a task-force is compiling a resource handbook for parents and teachers.

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Is Colorado dropping the ball on Dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is the leading cause of reading failure and school dropouts. Reading failure is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders. One Texas study even showed that half of prisoners have dyslexia. About half of third graders in Colorado can’t read at grade level, and many are students with dyslexia.

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A notable new Dyslexia curriculum

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NoticeAbility is advancing a new methodology to educate middle and high school students with dyslexia by offering professional training and capacity building to teachers, parents and instructors who work with this population. NoticeAbility provides access to its enrichment curricula to professionals in schools, afterschool organizations and Juvenile Justice Facilities as a practical tool to support its training methodology.

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Dyslexia font does not help at all

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The Dyslexie font, designed in 2009 by graphic designer Christian Boer, claims to have positive effects on reading for those with dyslexia. This development comes from the argument that children with dyslexia require a larger font size and greater spacing between letters to enhance reading abilities. However, dyslexia has historically been known as a phonological deficit, rather than a visual one, calling to question this claim. This research looks into the effects on reading of using Dyslexie font compared to mainstream fonts, and uncovers the reality of specialized fonts such as Dyslexie.

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