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.
Controversial, yes, but Elliott and Grigorenko's book makes important contributions to the literature on dyslexia and reading. This article is an excellent summary of the thrust of their argument in The Dyslexia Debate, which should be read by all researchers and practitioners concerned with dyslexia and literacy. Whether or not you agree with the author's conclusions, their text offers perspectives and information worth pondering.
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.
"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."
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.
Carolyn D Cowen's insight:
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?
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."
#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.
'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."
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.
Carolyn D Cowen's insight:
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.