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Learning Disabilities History | Evolution of LD Terms, Perception - NCLD

Learning Disabilities History | Evolution of LD Terms, Perception - NCLD | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Learning Disabilities History – How has special education and the perception of LD evolved since the 1960s? See our timeline of LD history and terminology.

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Always interesting to see what history has to teach us.

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Harry Tuman once noted that "the only thing new in the world is the history you don't know! Excellent retrospective of the special education field from 1963 to now.--Lou


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"...Do you ever wonder what it was like to raise—or teach—a child with a learning disability (LD) 20, 30 or even 50 years ago? Or perhaps you were you a child who struggled in school “back in the day” and only later learned that your difficulty had a name. Below is a snapshot of how our understanding of, and advocacy for, those with LD has evolved in the United States over the past 50 years. Learn about the major developments in neuroscience, special education, public awareness and the power of parents as advocates with the timeline below. As you review it, consider how far the LD field has come—and imagine how much more progress we can make..."

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Write Makes Right: Type is Hype | International Dyslexia Association

Write Makes Right: Type is Hype | International Dyslexia Association | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
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More common sense about the importance of handwriting vs. typing in developing literacy.  Whether we need cursive or print is still a debate, but handwriting over typing is a no-brainer.

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DVF School: Speaker Series Summary - Sarah Ward

DVF School: Speaker Series Summary - Sarah Ward | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP gave a public presentation on Executive Function in Adolescents to a full house on Thursday February 12, 2015. On Friday February 13 she held a full day in-service training and workshop with DVFS faculty.
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A great set of tools and tips by Sarah Ward, the best in the biz with Executive Function.

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Teens' immature brains pose all sorts of dangers

Teens' immature brains pose all sorts of dangers | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Every Sunday night after she steps out of her shower, 16-year-old Emma texts a nude selfie to her boyfriend. He has promised to destroy it within five minutes.
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This is a great article.  Also, remember the adolescent's "future horizon," from immediate gratification to future reward (From Sarah Ward). 

2 Years Old: NOW

3-5 Years Old: 5-20 Min

1st grade: several hours

3rd Grade: 8-12 Hours

12- 16 Years Old: 2-3 Days

17-23 Years Old : 2-3Weeks

23-35 Years Old: 3-5Weeks

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Early Signs of Dyslexia

Early Signs of Dyslexia | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I assumed (wrongly) that Dyslexia is about about reversing letters and reading backwards. I learned that Dyslexia covers a big range of reading and math challenges.

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This is a touching--and informative--look at what it means to have a dyslexic child.  It is also another example of the general LACK of knowledge about dyslexia among educators--myself included until I came to DVFS!

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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Terrific article on what it is like being a high school student--and what we as teachers might do differently and better to enhance learning.
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Pennsylvania Branch of the IDA

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Please attend the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  We have as our keynote Ken Pugh, head of Haskins Laboratory, the dyslexia research division of Yale University (and a fun guy, to boot!).

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I'm a Scientist With Learning Disabilities and That's Okay!

I'm a Scientist With Learning Disabilities and That's Okay! | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Intelligence, like pretty much everything else subjective, is on a spectrum. And just because you may be lower than average in one or every single area, doesn't have anything to do with how good you will be at your job whether that's a scientist, cli...
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Another great article about the successes--and the many intelligences--of dyslexics.  Read and watch a video about a dyslexic virologist and microbiologist who overcame his dyslexia and now is fighting HIV.

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‘I’m Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’ — And How Brain Science Can Help

‘I’m Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’ — And How Brain Science Can Help | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
New research shows it's possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain, even before kids learn to read. Earlier identification could influence how parents and educators tackle the disorder.

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One of the clearest, most accurate, and surprisingly comprehensive summaries of the problem--and potential solutions--to the field of Dyslexia Early Identification and Remediation (and the problems associated with failing to do so).  

 

Shout out to Steve Wilkins and all my colleagues and friends at the Carroll School.

 

(Minor quibble: it's not /kuh/ /ah/ /tuh/, but /k/ /a/ /t/, but acknowledging that is hard to render in a news report for non-linguists...)

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Embracing Dyslexia (documentary film) - YouTube

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. Individuals with dyslexia have trouble with reading, writing, and spelling despite...
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Another fascinating film with stories from the trenches.  These people are the warriors.  Experts in reading must be their weapons for change.

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What Reading Does for the Mind

Questions and answers about the Stanovich & Cunningham (1998) article.

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An excellent overview of the value of a "reading first" model.

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CT tries new approach to help the 25% of urban students who can't read | The CT Mirror

CT tries new approach to help the 25% of urban students who can't read | The CT Mirror | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
State tries new approach to help 25% of urban students who can't read
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A school district that gets it...

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Model school aims to retrain teachers in ABCs of reading instruction | PBS NewsHour | Oct. 15, 2013

Model school aims to retrain teachers in ABCs of reading instruction | PBS NewsHour | Oct. 15, 2013 | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Learning to read is the essential foundation of elementary education, but it's also very complex and many students in America are falling behind.
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The kind of reading instruction that should be going on in every school in America....

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Another blast in the reading wars

Another blast in the reading wars | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
The war over how best to teach children to read continues.
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In this post, Steve Dykstra takes on critiques of the report of the National Council on Teacher Quality.  That report takes schools of education to task for having too low a standard of preparation in areas of basic literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. As Dykstra points out, the bar the NCTQ set for these these essential areas of teacher preparation was laughably low--as little as two hours of instruction TOTAL for some of these areas.  Yet, critics of the report claim the report is too harsh on teacher education programs!  We will never get a truly Literate Nation until we can counter-act these voices of dissent--which I can only liken to those so-called "experts" who have been claiming that global warming caused by greenhouse gasses is not scientifically proven.  When will science become triumphant in this nation's pedagogy?

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The Problem with Schools Not Identifying Dyslexia

The Problem with Schools Not Identifying Dyslexia | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
"I would often have parents say, “I think my child has dyslexia.” I would listen to their concerns, nodding my head and then when they finished speaking, I would explain that the education system d...

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Why "dyslexia" needs to be accepted.  Follow this also to the article, as well.  

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Teens need to understand how their brains work

Teens need to understand how their brains work | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
By Frances E. Jensen
Much publicity is given to the irrational behavior of adolescents, and how they seem to just not "fit" into our social structures. Much is made of how they make bad decisions and suffer moodiness, and how emotions may "hijack" parts of their brains, resulting in stormy, distant years. But are they really aliens during this time, and is this really a fate that cannot be avoided?
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This is a great article on the adolescent brain--both its promise and its perils--and what we need to teach adolescents about their brains.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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This is a great article on the importance of handwriting in developing literacy.  The Orton-Gillingham methods we use emphasize the "See it, say it, write it" multi-sensory approach to literacy instruction.

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Blog Archives

Blog Archives | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I attended the International Dyslexia Association Conference in San Diego. In one of the keynotes, the speaker, a researcher from the UK and the winner of this year's "Orton"  (as in...
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This is a great article on the need for orthographic morphology, along with etymological understanding--not only for spelling remediation, but also for vocabulary development and reading comprehension strategies.  Our school's RealSpelling approach, advanced morphology, and auditory support for reading--all integrated into our content areas, as well as being taught explicitly and directly in our language arts program--is derived from this same complex understanding of language and literacy acquisition.

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10 Resources to Better Understand Dyslexia | Edudemic

10 Resources to Better Understand Dyslexia | Edudemic | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Imagine trying to read a sentence when every other word looks like made-up gibberish. It’s exhausting to read the sentence over and over again, trying to put together the meaning. That one troublesome sentence is followed by another… and another… and another… You know it’s not your fault – it’s the text doesn’t make sense. …
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A great site with some valuable resources.

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Advice on Transitioning to College for LD Students

Advice on Transitioning to College for LD Students | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it

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Good, if a bit generic advice on transitioning to college

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I'm a Scientist With Learning Disabilities and That's Okay!

I'm a Scientist With Learning Disabilities and That's Okay! | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Intelligence, like pretty much everything else subjective, is on a spectrum. And just because you may be lower than average in one or every single area, doesn't have anything to do with how good you will be at your job whether that's a scientist, cli...
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A great, and very clear, distinction between SLD (specific language--i.e., text--disability) and intelligence.

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DVF School: Guest Speaker: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.

DVF School: Guest Speaker: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Guest speaker Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. will be presenting at Delaware Valley Friends School Thursday April 10, 2014. Dr. Goldstein will speak about The Executive Youth: The Critical Role of Strategies in Guiding Academic and Life Success
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A great program on Executive Function.  Open to the public. Join us.

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Dealing with my Learning Differences: One Jump at a Time By Michael Kligerman

Dealing with my Learning Differences: One Jump at a Time By Michael Kligerman | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
I would like to welcome my good friend Mike to Melonaid. He is the blog's second guest blogger. When I asked him if he wanted a picture with the post Mike said, " I want the words to speak for them...
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One of our heroes!

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5 reasons to teach spelling and handwriting in the new year

5 reasons to teach spelling and handwriting in the new year | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
Here’s a great resolution: Keep spelling and handwriting in the curriculum and use research-based tools to teach these skills explicitly and efficiently wi
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Good multi-sensory instruction in handwriting and spelling will never be replaced by word processors in LEARNING the fundamentals of literacy.  For the production, once they are automatic and learned, word processors can be very useful, but all reasonable pedagogy knows that you have to put it through your body first in order to train the brain, or these processes will never become automatic.  Imagine trying to teach someone to ride a bicycle by having them ride on the back of a motorcycle.  That is the analogy.

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The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy

The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
# (As a teacher and member of International Dyslexia Association, I'm hoping to spread awareness and bring about... http://t.co/LrvyanjpRF)
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Register for 9/24 Webinar: Special Ed Law & Dyslexia

Register for 9/24 Webinar: Special Ed Law & Dyslexia | Dyslexia education | Scoop.it
RT @Learning_Ally: Parents, know your rights! Free Learning Ally webinar on #SpecialEd Law & Dyslexia 9/24 http://t.co/MTqxyguHqR #Decoding…
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