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Ban average, design to the edges-Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty

"L. Todd Rose is co-founder and president of Project Variability, an organization dedicated to providing leadership around the emerging new science of the individual and its implications for education, the workforce, and society. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. Todd is also the author of Square Peg: My story and what it means for raising visionaries, innovators, and out-of-the-box thinkers. 

For more information, visit http://projectvariability.org or connect with us on https://www.facebook.com/projectvaria...https://twitter.com/pvariability


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Wow. Congrats, Todd!

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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 28, 2013 2:06 AM

Fascinating description of a study done by the Air Force that revealed there were no pilots who were "average" on measures of size, therefore the seats in fighters fit no one who flew the planes. The Air Force changed the specs--and demanded that contractors design cockpits that would accommodate the shortest and tallest pilots--by designing to the "edges of the population.

When will we learn this lesson in schools??-Lou

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Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews - Carolyn D. Cowen

Carolyn D. Cowen is an educator and social entrepreneur known for developing, launching, and managing programs and initiatives that improve th
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Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids

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Reading is a skill humans aren't born with, but schools are designed to reward those whose brains are well-wired to read, which can complicate the learning
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Phonemic Awareness

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Phonemic awareness is the strongest predictor of future reading ability. Learn the phonemic skills dyslexic students need.
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Defending the "D" Word...Dyslexia

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Dr. Louisa Moats supports the usage of the word "dyslexia", and these are the reasons why.
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Children with learning difficulties need programs based on science, not anecdote and neurobabble

Children with learning difficulties need programs based on science, not anecdote and neurobabble | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
Parents are understandably drawn to programs promising miracle results for their child with dyslexia, but all programs need to be appropriately tested.
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Lou Salza's curator insight, September 11, 2015 1:41 PM

Beware of "brain-SCAMS"--Lou

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In neuroscience, there is little support for the proposition that it's possible to significantly improve one skill (e.g. reading, spelling) by practising a different one (e.g. tracing foreign alphabets, reading clock faces, memorising sentences, modelling words in clay), yet that's what brain-training programs tend to do.

The typical struggling beginner reader/speller has difficulties with sounding out words. Breaking words up into individual sounds is not a skill evolution equipped us to do, and perhaps 20 per cent of children find it very difficult.

They must be explicitly taught how to stretch out words and listen for the sounds when spelling, and to blend sounds together into words when reading. They must systematically work through the system by which our 44 speech sounds are represented by over 200 spellings of one, two, three or four letters, with many spellings representing more than one sound.



Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/children-with-learning-difficulties-need-programs-based-on-science-not-anecdote-and-neurobabble-20150902-gjdhp6#ixzz3lS83gEs9 ;
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The Creative Gifts of ADHD @sbkaufman @bnpowers @lawrenceschool @ryan_masa @cdcowen

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"Of course, whether this is a positive thing or a negative thing depends on the context. The ability to control your attention is most certainly a valuable asset; difficulty inhibiting your inner mind can get in the way of paying attention to a boring classroom lecture or concentrating on a challenging problem. But the ability to keep your inner stream of fantasies, imagination, and daydreams on call can be immensely conducive to creativity. By automatically treating ADHD characteristics as a disability-- as we so often do in an educational context-- we are unnecessarily letting too many competent and creative kids fall through the cracks".By Scott Barry Kaufman 


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Lou Salza's curator insight, September 4, 2015 11:56 AM

Excerpt: ( and my favorite passage!)

".....The researchers found that students with ADHD characteristics (especially those who scored high in "inattention") had lower working memory scores than the non-ADHD students, even though they did not differ in their fluid reasoning ability. This is consistent with past research showing that people with ADHD tend to score lower on tests of working memory (see here and here), but these findings also suggest that people with ADHD can still be quite smart despite their reduced ability to hold multiple pieces of information in memory. Also, despite their reduced working memory, 53% of the academically advanced students with ADHD characteristics scored at or above the 70th percentile on the creativity index. In fact, for both the ADHD and the non-ADHD group of students, the poorer the working memory, thehigher the creativity!....."

By Scott Barry Kaufman 

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BishopBlog: Opportunity cost: A new red flag for evaluating interventions for neurodevelopmental disorders

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Earl Oremus:Why Wait for Failure? Early identification and intervention- @cdcowen @ryan_masa @bnpowers

Earl Oremus presented "Why Wait for Failure? Early Intervention and Identification for Reading Problems" at Lawrence Upper School on Aug. 18, 2015.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, August 20, 2015 1:25 PM

Thank you Earl! Wonderful summary of the research supporting early identification and intervention to prevent reading failure in our schools! --Lou

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House group asks agency to spell out resources for dyslexic students @lawrenceschool @cdcowen

House group asks agency to spell out resources for dyslexic students @lawrenceschool @cdcowen | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
“On behalf of children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in our districts, we request that the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issue guidance to states and school districts regarding the use of the term ‘dyslexia,' " the congressmen said in the letter.

“Despite the prevalence of dyslexia among students, parents nationwide have discovered that some states and school districts will not include the word “dyslexia” in a students’ Individualized Educational Program (IEP),” the letter said. “In many cases, parents have been told that their state does not 'recognize' dyslexia; and instead only uses the term ‘specific learning disability.’ Families in our congressional districts rely on access to a high-quality education for their children with dyslexia. We look forward to your ensuring that the millions of students with dyslexia receive the evidence-based instruction and interventions needed to succeed in school and life.”

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Can't wait for the response!--Lou

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Lou Salza's curator insight, August 5, 2015 12:57 PM

Can't wait for the response!--Lou

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Brain differences seen in children with dyslexia, dysgraphia

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Recent study finds structural brain differences between children w/ dyslexia & dysgraphia and children. w

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Rowe Young- Kaple's curator insight, June 12, 2015 5:37 PM

Inversion of writing letters can effect both those with identified dyslexia and those with WLD written language disabilities

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The Truth about ADHD

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Why more children are getting diagnosed with this disorder and how to help them
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Terry Doherty's curator insight, May 1, 2015 9:44 AM

"It's not an artifact of modern life. It is real."

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Brain differences seen in children with dyslexia, dysgraphia

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Structural brain differences between children with dyslexia and dysgraphia and children who are typical language learners have been observed by researchers in a recent study. Researchers say the findings prove that using a single category of learning disability to qualify for special education services is not scientifically supported.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 29, 2015 1:56 PM

It is a real improvement to be able to get something quantitative measuring the differences.  Makes getting a handle on what the situation is much more objective. -Lon

Rowe Young- Kaple's curator insight, April 29, 2015 4:32 PM
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Dr Louisa Moats: We need to be outraged | Spelfabet

Dr Louisa Moats: We need to be outraged | Spelfabet | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
Awarded the LDA 2014 Eminent Researcher Award, Dr Louisa Moats talked about the persistence of bad literacy teaching practices, and the need for this to change.
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The Dyslexia Foundation Hosts Symposium on Dyslexia: Beyond a Reading Disability

The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF) hosted a weekend symposium, Beyond a Reading Disability, November 13-15, 2015, at MIT Endicott House, to consider and discuss currently available research about the current issue of whether there are specific areas of giftedness present in dyslexics, and how that should be studied.
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Teachers can make biggest difference for dyslexic kids

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“English is a great language, but it’s part of the problem.” Words of wisdom from Margie Gillis, project director at the Haskins Literacy Initiative at Yal
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Parenting Children with Dyslexia: Where Are You on the Journey? | International Dyslexia Association

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Oliver Sacks on Neurological Disorders as Alternate Ways of Being | Big Think

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A classic from Big Think's archives in which Dr. Sacks explores the idea that brain disorders are also alternate lenses on reality.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 7, 2015 2:31 PM

The speaker is on to something.  It seems more helpful to look at how some condition like autism can have it's up side, instead of just talking about it as a disability. -Lon

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Bridging the Chasm: Dyslexia Scholar Applies Research to Benefit Diverse Learners

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As a newly minted Ph.D. graduate, Gordon F. Sherman ’75 was studying the donated brain of a dyslexic individual, and he and his colleagues at a Harvard University lab noted unusual clusters of neur...
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Review of Efficacy Research on "Brain-Changing" Interventions: "Behavioural Interventions to Remediate Learning Disorders .pdf

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Law helps teachers focus on students with Dyslexia

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When the school year gets underway in just a few weeks, many teachers will be working just as hard as their students to learn more about Dyslexia. 
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AMERICAN DYSLEXIA

A look at how Public Schools, School Districts, States and Washington violate the civil rights of Dyslexic students.
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Dr. Pat McGuire's curator insight, July 6, 2015 2:58 PM

I have worked as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician for 30 years (since my residency ended) and have identified many hundreds of students, and some adults, with dyslexia.  I have been involved with the International Dyslexia Association, both in the state of Iowa and nationally since the early 1990's.  While Arne Duncan (US Dept. of Ed.) says things are better, the reality is that it is moving at glacial rates in most parts of this country, Iowa included.  Iowa just had a bill signed by Governor Branstad in July 2014  making it a duty of all schools to identify children with dyslexia by 3rd grade.  But as of a year later, few (If any) districts are actually doing that or getting training for teachers to be trained in the specific reading programs that have been found effective for students with dyslexia. There are 3 school districts in Eastern Iowa who have been on top of this issue since the late 1980's, however, who have incorporated these programs into their general education classrooms with good results. A few more began coming on board since 2000, again with improvements for their students. But they did so without actually having a diagnosis but rather bringing the training to all students.

 

Dyslexia does not need a doctor's diagnosis since the tools used come from the education and speech/language disciplines. But until schools are willing to use the appropriate tools to assess for the key areas of deficit (phonemic and phonologic awareness, decoding and encoding (spelling) skills, as well as other language based problems that are caused by the problems processing the sounds in oral language which can lead to memory and comprehension problems) the diagnosis will end up coming from people like me and institutions that do tertiary care, such as universities.

 

We need to take this seriously so that we don't end up spending our public dollars later for juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, under and unemployment, and broken homes due to the anxiety and depression that don't allow the individual to be there for the people he loves.

Rowe Young- Kaple's curator insight, July 6, 2015 5:13 PM

Help for our cause is always needed!

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Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study - US News

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Eye therapies will not cure reading disorder, experts say
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Neuroanatomy Online: An Open Access Electronic Laboratory for the Neurosciences | Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy - The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

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