Archive for the 'Reading, Writing, and Math' Category

I like this article about a Canadian medical student, who has severe dyslexia, and who is poised to graduate from medical school in 2013. His attitude is that his struggles with school have helped him to become a more sympathetic physician, and one who can relate to his patients’ struggles. Moreover, his ability to work [...]

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As this article reminds us, the more kids have access to cool tools like iPads, Kindles and the like, and the more they can use embedded features that help them past momentary decoding hurdles, the more level the playing field. When kids use devices that everyone else uses, there’s no stigma. What students with learning [...]

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University of Michigan Dyslexia Help, which is connected to their Center for the Development of Language and Literacy.

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“Learning to teach reading, language and writing is a complex undertaking. The competence and expertise of teachers can be nourished with training that emphasizes the study of reading development, language and individual differences,” said Dr. Louisa Moats, Chair of IDA’s Standards and Practices Committee. “If teachers are better prepared, the impact of reading difficulties, including [...]

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From Medscape Drs. Bruce Pennington and Robin L. Peterson, PhD, both of University of Denver’s Department of Psychology, urge continued research and investigation on dyslexia. I agree. As much as we think we know, I’d say we’ve got a ways to go, especially in developing more and innovative treatment options.

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[via Harvey Hubbell] .

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At the Windward School in White Plains, New York, Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy spoke with students about growing up with learning challenges. The Windward School is an independent school for kids with language- based learning disabilities like dyslexia. From Governor Malloy, “I think sometimes to share experiences and have people understand that there is light [...]

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The Upside of Dyslexia This article from Sunday’s NYTimes, is I think, a continuation of a fascinating argument as to whether the learning disability called dyslexia is also a learning style that has built-in skills and attributes. I’ve heard many times over, some well-argued points against this notion that dyslexia carries its own set of [...]

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Dr. Gordon Sherman on Brain Research and Reading This is the transcript of an interview Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D. did with Schwab Learning that although a few years old, is an good summary of the neurological basis of dyslexia. Dr. Sherman is the Executive Director of The Newgrange School in New Jersey. He was previously [...]

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I get angry when I read headlines that either intentionally mislead and inflame people about anything, and in this case dyslexia, or do so out of some form of laziness. There’s been a recent study released that should lead to more kids getting more resources and services and hope. Unfortunately there are some headlines that [...]

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Darren Murph has written a clear and easy to understand review about Dragon Dictate 2.5 by Nuance for Macs, in this Engadget piece. I occasionally use this software when I’m writing reports, and when I do I’m very satisfied. I’ve been tracking this speech recognition software (turning human speech into text on a screen) for [...]

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This is great stuff, well-worth looking over. Forgotten Letters, a collection of essays and articles by writers with dyslexia, aims to show that the condition makes one different, not ‘less’. From a recent interview via Gtalk, anthology editor Naomi Folb said: “I think that people assume you have a really hard time and that you [...]

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