Gifted children are likely to be the next generation's innovators and leaders—and yet, the exceptionally smart are often invisible in the classroom, lacking the curricula, teacher input and external motivation to reach full potential.
E-readers may help dyslexics read more easily Today.com (blog) What's not clear is whether the new reading method is helping with the dyslexia or with ADD, which often co-exists with the learning disability.
Sydney Morning Herald Dyslexia counted as disability under Better Schools plan Sydney Morning Herald Students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties will be identified as having a disability under the federal school funding reforms, paving...
Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, described the work as “amazing.”
“It shows that this brain is differently organized for written language before reading ever occurs,” she said via e-mail. “It is like a missing piece in our understanding of dyslexia.”
Identifying the signs of dyslexia in the brain helps destigmatize the condition, said Wolf, author of “Proust and the Squid: the Story and Science of the Reading Brain.”
“One of the problems in dyslexia is people are saying it doesn’t exist,” she said. “When you look at these brain images you know it exists.”
Wolf said she’s optimistic that dyslexia will eventually be diagnosed before a child falls too far behind. In the meantime, she said, teachers should be better trained in how to identify dyslexia and how to help children who are struggling to read.
“We have to get our professional develop commensurate with our knowledge base,” she said.
"One by one, science is resolving mysteries, settling disputes, and challenging assumptions surrounding dyslexia, while delving ever deeper into its complexities. The last two decades have produced a remarkable body of work, including the breakthrough findings from Georgetown University mentioned in this article. Examiner readers and those who follow dyslexia-related issues via social media have unprecedented, almost real-time access to this exciting research as it unfolds.
The challenge, of course, is to translate this body of work into effective practices and policies that actually make a difference in the lives of people with dyslexia. In this regard, the work of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is more important than ever. IDA is dedicated to both the study and treatment of dyslexia and related difficulties learning to read and write...."
As many people hit middle age, they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be. We suddenly can’t remember where we put the keys just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance’s name, or the name of an old...
In people with dyslexia, less gray matter in the brain has been linked to reading disabilities, but now new evidence suggests this is a consequence of poorer reading experiences and not the root cause of the disorder.
".....anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works. Parents and educators are pretty good at imparting the first kind of knowledge. We’re comfortable talking about concrete information: names, dates, numbers, facts. But the guidance we offer on the act of learning itself—the “metacognitive” aspects of learning—is more hit-or-miss, and it shows....."
Support worry for failing WA kids The Australian Dyscalculia, referring to a range of life-long learning disabilities involving maths. - Dysgraphia, a specific learning disability that affects written expression.
In other parts of the world dyslexia is considered to be a civil rights issue but in Australia the sufferer is to blame In particular in our schools.
"In a passionate and well-articulated guide that puts to rest the idea that dyslexic people are unintelligent, disabilities advocate Foss (himself dyslexic and the creator of Intel Reader, a text-to-speech device) describes dyslexia as a characteristic and a disability that should be accommodated in the same way as blindness or mobility issues. Foss reframes the use of film, audiobooks, and material read aloud as “ear-reading,” in contrast to the “eye-reading” that is the educational standard."
The Almagest Learning Disabilities Linked to Slow Brain Development The Almagest Researchers from Northwestern University, Illinois studied 54 children and adults who had been diagnosed with one of three learning problems (dyslexia, specific...
Dyslexia is traditionally thought of as a problem that needs solving. But maybe it's a valuable asset instead - a different way of seeing the world which brings business benefits with it. (Looking Differently at Dyslexia...
"....The next time somebody tells you what a brain scan says, be a little skeptical. The brain is not the mind...."Advances in neuroscience promise many things, but they will never explain everything."
The use of more challenging fonts may help all students retain information, but it may be especially helpful for students with learning disabilities, according (Can alternative fonts improve learning for students with dyslexia?
With many teachers not trained to spot dyslexia, Sally Bouwman shares her advice for detecting the disorder (Teaching dyslexic children: spotting the signs - With many teachers not trained to spot dyslexia, Sally Bouwman sh...
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