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Pulitzer Journalist with Dyslexia - Gareth Cook

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"My wife knows. My family knows, as do a few close friends. But what would my co-workers think? My editors? My sources on the science beat?

 

When I imagine them knowing, I can't get an image out of my head: My seventh-grade English teacher, glaring at me, with a look that needed no words. You are lazy and stupid, Gareth. Why are you even wasting my time?


I am dyslexic.
Reading is slow for me. If I try to read aloud, it is halting, even with children's books. I can't spell.


I was never able to learn cursive, and I am virtually unable to take handwritten notes while someone is talking. If it weren't for a strange quirk in the disorder -- I can type notes and listen -- I could never have hidden my struggles at work, because I wouldn't be able to do my job at all....

 

I am writing this column reluctantly, because I don't know what people will think; a part of me probably still believes that I should be ashamed.
But I also have to write this, because I know there is at least one kid out there who is feelingthe despair that clawed at me for so many years. I want this kid to know: It's never going to be easy, but put your heart into it and you will blow them away." - Gareth Cook

 

Many children and adults with dyslexia are amazing storytellers, so it shouldn't be surprise that this Pulitzer Prize winning journalist is dyslexic. Dyslexics may have strengths at recognizing a good story, seeing an issue from different perspectives, analyzing complex and conflicting information, and being able to empathize in deep ways.

 

To read more:

http://reallyducksoup.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html

and http://dyslexia.yale.edu/cook.html


Via Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com, Eye to Eye
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The Fallacy of ‘Balanced Literacy’ - NYTimes.com

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

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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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The comments are as interesting as the article itself and reflect much of the mainstream confusion (and even some of the inter- field debate) about dyslexia.. Nice to see experts like Wolf, Gaab, Gabrieli and schools like Carroll and Landmark mentioned. Most of the big and trending issues in dyslexia are at least touched on in this piece.


The big unanswered question is: How do we intervene early and prevent failure for ALL children predisposed for dyslexia while being equally responsive to dyslexia's possible (not yet proven) upsides? 

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@drsanjaygupta How do I know if my child's dyslexic?

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Dyslexia is the most common form of learning difficulty, yet most people who have it aren’t formally diagnosed and don't get the support they need.

By Sanjay Gupta, MD


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Lou Salza's curator insight, April 15, 12:53 PM

Excerpt: Many children with dyslexia also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and distinguishing between the conditions can be tricky. Is a child’s reading problem due to dyslexia, or because they’re easily distracted and have a hard time concentrating related to ADHD?

“When you can’t read automatically, you use up all your attention and effort trying. Those kids in class may look like they’re not paying attention and looking around, so it can be confused with attention disorder,” said Shaywitz. “Similarly, the kids with reading disorder often do have attention disorder and it’s missed.”

In general, symptoms of dyslexia are limited to reading and writing, whereas ADHD will present behavioral problems. A teacher or guidance counselor can help assess a child’s behavior (if they’re able to pay attention, follow instructions, sit still) and academic performance.

Since there’s no specific test for dyslexia or ADHD, diagnosis is usually based on a combination of medical, psychological, and neurological tests..."

By Sanjay Gupta, MD

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Professor Bishop Talks About Evaluating Alternative Solutions For Dyslexia: Important Cautions for Parents & Educators!

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Evaluating Alternative Solutions For Dyslexia - Talks - dysTalk - Dyslexia, Dyspraxia & ADHD. Information on dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD and dysgraphia, through online videos, resources, and forum. About this talk: Professor Dorothy Bishop provides an insight into what parents should look out for and what to consider when evaluating if alternative solutions for dyslexia will be effective."

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BishopBlog: My thoughts on the dyslexia debate

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The Surprising Upside of a Dyslexic Brain

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What we think of as a learning disability could translate into real-life skills.
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Dyslexia: An Ounce of Prevention...

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'We also understand the power of common language and the mission and purpose it can provide. We believe that "dyslexia" is a beautiful word. True, it describes a category of learning disorders. But it also describes a community, a body of knowledge, a category of law, a more positive sense of self, and a belief about the progress we can achieve together. We will continue to use the word “dyslexia” now and in the future."

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, May 31, 3:56 PM

I don't know about the author seeing labels as positive, but perhaps that's because so often I've seen labels misused in a way that creates stigma and excuse for failure.  Does it have to happen in that negative way?  Maybe trying to remove stigma is trying to change the human condition?  And, another way without labeling might work better. -Lon

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Tweet from @drmichaelhart

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Infographic: Navigating the Special Education Process | Dyslexia Training Institute Blog

Infographic: Navigating the Special Education Process | Dyslexia Training Institute Blog | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it

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Thomas Strewler's curator insight, February 17, 12:12 PM

These are nice for quick reference during he process.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 20, 7:28 PM

Comprehensive flowchart navigating SpEd process

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@DDyslexiaMA Decoding DyslexiaMA 3:47 min YouTube loop teaches & inspires!

Published on Mar 29, 2014

"We believe that in Massachusetts, education has always been a priority and a point of pride. The current experience of so many students is causing that priority to be compromised, causing bright students to be below a proficient level at third grade (43%). Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts aims to call attention to the needs and rights of dyslexic students so that they can access the appropriate education they deserve."


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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 29, 3:49 PM

Kudos to our good colleagues in Massachusetts!--Lou

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Dyslexia Behind Bars PDF

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Dyslexia Revealed - In Their Own Words - YouTube

Hear right from the people who understand dyslexia best: a teacher, a neuropsychologist, a former public school superintendent of schools who now is the head...
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New Book documents extraordinary success of people with dyslexia

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A new book co-authored by a Virginia Commonwealth University professor offers the first in-depth look at how people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities (LD) achieve high levels of success.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 12, 11:43 AM

This one is on my "to read" list!--Lou

 

Excerpt:

 

"...In Leaders, Visionaries and Dreamers: Extraordinary People with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities, Paul J. Gerber, Ph.D., the VCU School of Education Ruth Harris Professor of Dyslexia Studies, and Marshall H. Raskind, Ph.D., look at 12 incredible people with LD and dyslexia whose lives are characterized by major accomplishments and contributions that they have made in their respective fields as well as on the contemporary American scene.

These men and women are from a variety of fields, such as arts and literature, science, politics and sports. Included are individuals such as Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California; Gaston Caperton, former governor of West Virginia and former chief executive officer of the College Board; Jack Horner, a paleontologist and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the genius grant); Chuck Close, one of America's preeminent visual artists; actor Henry Winkler; and financier Charles Schwab.

The book explores a myriad of underlying dynamics of accomplishment to give the reader a thematic view of LD and dyslexia by hearing the voices of those included in the book.

"We found that academic struggles are not necessarily an indicator for failure in adulthood," Gerber said. "With passion and capitalization on strengths, one can have a reasonable chance for achieving success." ..."

Sharon LePage Plante's curator insight, February 13, 7:15 AM

#dyslexia and other #SLD don't need to stop success

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why doctors are prescribing books

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What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

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Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective." Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.
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A very professional little video on dyslexia that covers a LOT (including neurodiversity, AKA cerebrodiversity) in less than five minutes! There is some oversimplification (e.g., left/right brain stuff). I especially like the fact that she included the word—"up"— in this statement, "Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people." Such a small word. Such an important point.

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Reading Experience May Change the Brains of Dyslexic Students

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Recent research suggests that the difficulties dyslexia creates with reading may not be hard-wired. Instead, experience may play a big role in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.
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Terry Doherty's curator insight, May 26, 4:45 PM

Interesting new findings on relationship between brain "hard wiring" and dyslexia.

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Lou Salza: Re Imagining the Future for Our Kids video318208_4306449.mp4

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Lou Salza knocks one out of the park in this inspiring speech about the hope model schools like Lawrence offers to ALL children who struggle to learn to read in our one-size-fits all school system.

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

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#At the International Dyslexia Association we understand the science behind reading disorders. We also understand the power of common language and the mission and purpose it can provide. We believe that "dyslexia" is a beautiful word. True, it describes a category of learning disorders. But it also describes a community, a body of knowledge, a category of law, a more positive sense of self, and a belief about the progress we can achieve together.

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Should we do away with 'dyslexia'?

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In their recently published book, The Dyslexia Debate, Joe Elliott and Elena Grigorenko controversially call for the term 'dyslexia' to be abandoned. They argue it is an imprecise label that does nothing to assist the children to whom it is applied.
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KKeller@DVFSchool's curator insight, April 4, 8:25 AM

I am not qualified to have an research-based opinion on diagnosing dyslexia, but since I work at a school for kids with language-based learning differences I am very interested to know how teachers and professionals feel about this...

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Disorder, Disability or Difference: What’s the Right Term? - NCLD

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What’s the right term—disorder, disability or difference? In the world of learning disabilities and attention issues, it can sometimes depend on context.
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An excellent and timely summary with sound advice for parents seeking to navigate the terminology on behalf of their kids.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 1, 8:53 AM

These terms are not interchangeable.  This is a good review in how they arose in different contexts and have different implications. -Lon

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Special Needs Digest: Giftedness and Learning Disabilities

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Blueprint for a Literate Nation

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Elenn Steinberg the Vice President of Advocacy for Literate Nation tells about the Blueprint for a Literate Nation.

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Elenn Steinberg, VP of Literate Nation, talks about U.S. reading crisis, what parents can do, and new book, Blueprint for a Literate Nation: How YOU Can Help.

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Why Dyslexia Does Exist - Talks - dysTalk

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goes on ... Why Dyslexia Does Exist - Talks - dysTalk - Dyslexia, Dyspraxia & ADHD. Information on dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD and dysgraphia, through online videos, resources, and forum.

Carolyn D Cowen's insight:

Ah, yes, and the debate goes on ... Interesting to watch it play out on the other side of the Atlantic and the differences in traits delineated (e.g., in the U.S., we no longer talk much about "immunological causes" and, increasingly, visual perception issues are thought of as a consequence rather than a cause of reading difficulties—see http://www.interdys.org/VisualSystemDifferences.htm).


Questions about whether dyslexia exists and some of the myths surrounding it remind me of the wack-a-mole" game—as soon as an issue seems resolved, it pops back up again somewhere else. Sigh.

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Dyslexia law inspired by Ocean City student draws global interest

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Beth Ravelli thought she finally could rest this year after Gov. Chris Christie signed the last of a series of bills in January to address dyslexia and reading disabilities in New Jersey.
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Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews - Dr. Ken Pugh - YouTube

Dr. Ken Pugh is President, Director of Research and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the Director of the Yale...
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