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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Understood organization has a great resource. The tech finder. It allows you to type in the issue you are facing and the grade of the student plus what system you have and it will return apps that are helpful.
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.
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.