Category Archives: Discussion Topics

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Lost in My Mind, A Stanley Cup Winner’s Struggle with Dyslexia

Lost in My Mind This article (link above) hit home, and is one of the best and most honest accounts of the reality that many kids, teens, and adults with dyslexia face. Even a successful athlete, reaching the pinnacle of … Continue reading

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Dyslexia: Learning to Read in your Native Language is a Little Like Learning A Second Language

                  Feeling and knowing something experientially is different than hearing about it or only understanding it intellectually. You could be super bright and intelligent, but when your reading is marked by slow and inefficient … Continue reading

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Navigating Life On Campus When You’re On The Autism Spectrum

From NPR Series “Been There” Adjusting to college campus life can be particularly challenging when you struggle with the mechanics of social life because of underlying social thinking challenges endemic to students on the Autism Spectrum. Life On Campus When … Continue reading

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Does Learning To Read Improve Overall Intelligence?

A study was recently published that claims learning to read and improvement in reading ability has a positive effect on intelligence overall. Where to begin? First, getting past sensational science related headlines takes effort. I have an educated and beginners … Continue reading

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“Functioning Is Non-Linear” Are we Misguided in Our Notions of “High and Low Functioning?”

I came across this piece written by someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. She makes some important points to consider concerning the judgmental implications of terms such as “high functioning and low functioning.” I’m a fan of precise and descriptive diagnostic work, … Continue reading

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“The Upside of Dyslexia”- NY Times. Fact or Wishful Thinking?

In this recent opinion piece in the NY Times, “The Upside of Dyslexia” science writer Annie Murphy Paul cites a few experiments that causes her to wonder about the positive attributes and cognitive abilities that may occur naturally in people … Continue reading

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Autism and the Agitator

Interesting and thought provoking op-ed piece in NY Times. Autism and the Agitator

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Should Children Spend More Time Playing And Start School Later?

This article from Forbes, like many, frames the debate around the question of when kid should start school. Too Much Too Soon: Why Children Should Spend More Time Playing And Start School Later The polar opposing sides argue for earlier … Continue reading

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The Marketing of AD/HD

Slide above: Adapted from Exploring the Neurocircuitry of the Brain and Its Impact on Treatment Selections in ADHD, PRAKASH S. MASAND, MD; PETER S. JENSEN, MD; STEPHEN STAHL, MD, PHD There’s been a certain amount of press and attention on … Continue reading

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Creativity and Enhanced Schooling

I love finding schools and school cultures that consider and engage with emotional development practices, creative arts and vocational options. More often than not I come across these at programs for teens who are “at-risk.” Hollywood arts school gives struggling … Continue reading

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Confusion about Confusion: Do Dyslexics Really Not Know their Left from Right?

Dyslexia May Be Behind Directional Confusion Marson Nance’s wife doesn’t have to worry about him leaving her; she simply says his sense of direction is so bad, if he did go back to his parents on the east coast he’d … Continue reading

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Should We Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools?

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