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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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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No Evidence for Systematic White Matter Correlates of Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

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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.

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The value of early detection

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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.

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Movie about the lack of dyslexia support

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WindRoc Media Group (WMG) and Identifying Dyslexia have just announced Ill-literacy: The Divided States of Dyslexia, the first film in the School Stories documentary series. The social impact documentary takes audiences through the school system in several states to reveal the single greatest cause of the current illiteracy crisis: unidentified and misidentified dyslexia. The film follows students and their families, exposing the systematic cover-up of decades of mismanagement and denial of the illiteracy problem behind increasing dropout rates and achievement gaps.

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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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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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