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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
Because children get tested on how they can decode nonsense words to check if they could have dyslexia, now parents and teachers start to train them in learning nonsense words……..that’s really nonsense!
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.
Wonderful blog story from the homeschooling with dyslexia site, where they explain in great detail how a day rolls by when homeschooling some dyslectic kids. Browse around their site, absolutely worth your time.
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.
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.
A very interesting study has been completed. They compared people with dyslexia, dyscalculia, both and neither. They focused on the corona radiata and the arcuate fasciculus, two tracts associated with reading and mathematics in a number of previous studies. Using Bayesian hypothesis testing, they showed that the data showed no differences between groups for these particular tracts, a finding that seems to go against the current view in other studies.
This outcome, if confirmed, suggest that structural differences associated with dyslexia and dyscalculia might not be as reliable as previously thought, and this may have some impact on how we approach remediation.
Without early detection and tailored support, 74 per cent of dyslexic children will remain poor readers in grade 9 and many will be unable to read well as adults, leading to frustration, school drop outs, and unemployment. However, identifying dyslexic students and providing support equips many for success in school and in life, improves behaviours and may eliminate their later need for special education.