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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Dyslexia as a superpower

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Matt Strawbridge says his early schooling years were tough, and that’s why he’s putting his efforts into making them more bearable for others.

“I’m dyslexic and going through school wasn’t particularly easy. I just don’t want any dyslexic kid to feel like I did growing up.”

Now the 19-year-old is helping kids all over New Zealand turn dyslexia into their “superpower”.

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Gadget to help dyslectic children

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For dyslexic children, the multi-sensory approach to learning — from sight to sound — is a struggle, which is what a team from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) hopes to address with an enhanced teaching tool.

Called the ProCubeX, the cuboid-shaped gadget works with an application loaded with lesson plans of varying difficulty levels.

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The Human Cost of Dyslexia

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The human cost of letting our students continue on without the appropriate intervention is unacceptable. We’re doing targeted research-based, intensive instruction; three kids to one teacher ratio, 45 minutes a day. It’s something that we really haven’t done before in public education.

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Technology for Dyslexia

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A presentation skills tool has been developed by by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) and a group of students from Nanyang Technological University. It is aimed at dyslexic students who will be entering tertiary institutions. It will be introduced to 50 students across 14 DAS centres in September.

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End of Dyslexia

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Well not really but read the great story by Lisa Wood Shapiro, who was and is dyslectic but has found remarkable ways to get around most issues and works as a writer. She says:

But I’ve never thought of myself as having a disability. Instead, I see it as a glitch, and one I’ve gotten good at masking. I’ve been able to hide my dyslexia for decades simply because I live in an age of technological wonders. Microsoft Word spell-checks most every syllable I write. When my dyslexic mind mangles a word so much that it’s rendered un-spell-checkable, I’ll deploy an arsenal of workarounds. I might reverse-engineer a word by typing an easy synonym into the thesaurus, or I might paste my best attempt into my browser bar and let the search engine offer the correct spelling as a suggested query.

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Intense specialized training improves and impacts the brain

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Using MRI measurements of the brain’s neural connections, or “white matter,” UW researchers have shown that, in struggling readers, the neural circuitry strengthened—and their reading performance improved—after just eight weeks of a specialized tutoring program. The study, published June 8 in Nature Communications, is the first to measure white matter during an intensive educational intervention and link children’s learning with their brains’ flexibility.

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Dyslexia in virtual reality

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The dyslexia association of Singapore will roll out programmes that make use of augmented reality and virtual reality (VR) technologies by next year. One such programme is iStudySmart, which immerses students in different virtual environments. For example, they can practise their presentation skills by putting on a pair of VR googles and speaking to a virtual audience.

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About the 30 day program

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Davis methods are particularly effective for dyslexic students who fit the profile of strengths and weaknesses described in the book The Gift of Dyslexia. The Davis Dyslexia Correction program is always given one-on-one, usually over the course of about 30 hours in 5 consecutive days, with follow up work and practice done independently by the client with the help of parents or other support persons. The dyslexia program is geared to individuals age 8 and over

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What Dyslexia can cause, get help!

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Undiagnosed learning disability can have a devastating impact. Over the past few weeks, Project Baltimore has shared the stories of people who say it’s cost them jobs, forced them to drop out of school, or carry feelings of shame. But there is help available.

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The benefits of using OneNote with dyslectic children

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Microsoft’s OneNote digital notebook has helped dyslexic children improve their reading and spelling skills in a trial led by a top UK school.

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is encouraging educators to look at the potential for using the technology in the classroom after OneNote was found to increase reading skills and boost confidence among young people with the condition.

Teachers involved in the project said they intended to continue using the tools as they have benefited their pupils, especially older students.

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Piano playing and Dyslexia

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A DYSLEXIC man has invented a system for teaching the piano to people with learning difficulties.

Emoji-Go is based on standard musical notation but assigns the colours of the rainbow to each of the seven notes from A (red) to G (violet).

These are illustrated with emojis, the smiley-faced characters used in text messages and on social media.

Inventor Kevin Thomson, 67, from Peppard Common, came up with the idea as he had struggled to learn to play the piano as a child.

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Fixing Dyslexia

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Read the interview in the link of the day and see how easy the fix would be:

“Rather than a knowledge gap, we have an action gap,” Shaywitz, a professor of pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, told me in a recent interview. “We have to act on the knowledge we have, and we haven’t done that, and it’s absurd.”

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Readvolution coming

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Square Panda and Andre Agassi today announced Readvolution, a new initiative by the Andre Agassi Early Childhood Neuroscience Foundation that aims to drive innovation in dyslexia assessment and intervention. Readvolution plans to engage scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Weill Institute for Neurosciences to produce the first scientifically validated technology for scalable universal screening of dyslexia.

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