Diana King RIP

Diana Hanbury King in about 1972. “The time to diagnose dyslexia is before the child has a chance to fail at reading,” she said.

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Diana King, a giant in the field of dyslexia passed away last week at her home in CT.
Here is the article from the NY Times

By all accounts including those of friends of mine, she was an extraordinary woman and a trailblazer, including her founding of the world-renowned Kildonan School a school for students with dyslexia, in Amenia, NY.

RIP Ms. King. You will be remembered and honored by many.

She was instrumental in transforming the popular perception of people with dyslexia from being backward or unteachable to being often highly intelligent despite their learning difficulties. Often they were endowed with keen powers of observation and original thinking, innate charm, a sense of balance and high energy.

“We continue to see the tragedy of a bright child coming home from school in the second or third grade in tears — ‘I’m the dumbest kid in all of the second grade’ — and getting stomach aches before they go to school, and all of this totally unnecessary and totally preventable, ” Ms. King said in a videotaped interview with the International Dyslexia Association in 2013. “It drives me crazy.”

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2 Responses to Diana King RIP

  1. Dr. Diana Hanbury King was a true pioneer in the field of early intervention for dyslexia. Students need to be identified as soon as possible to avoid developing poor coping habits, like avoidance to manage their struggles. One-one-one, explicit, multi-sensory instruction should be the front line of treatment for dyslexic students.
    I wrote this blog about her typing program that I have used with dozens of students struggling with dysgraphia.


  2. Sanford says:

    Agreed Raffi. Diana was a huge inspiration for many people I know in this field. The balance of learning word processing skills including keyboarding skills, along with learning cursive writing saves kids from unnecessary suffering.

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