dyslexia reflects broad-based differences in brain wiringtrade-offs exist between challenges and strengths in learning and thinkingchallenges in reading, writing, spelling, grammarproblems with attention, working memory, and rote memorydifficulty with sequencing and procedural learningweaknesses in 2D spatial orientation, but strengths in 3Dweaknesses in certain aspects of visual processing, but strengths in othersstrengths in a material and mechanical reasoning, interconnected reasoning, narrative or story-based reasoning, and dynamic or predictive reasoningstrong performances on tests of divergent thinking, like alternative usesstrong performances on tests of 3 dimensional navigation and spatial rotation
Via Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com
Mac owners - do your free IOS 6 update! It has speech selection that highlights text as its read aloud. Great for web browsing as well as helping students reading along while listening. Highlighting must be turned on in settings.
It works on Ipad, Iphone, and Ipod Touch! Thanks, Apple!
Direct link to video showing Speak Selection here.
The school district has teamed up with an area university to train teachers in specialized reading instruction.
Superintendent of Schools James McLaughlin announced last week that the district has established a new initiative to have teachers trained and certificated by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading education.
The 80-year-old approach, named after its developers, generally employs one-on-one instruction to help students with dyslexia or other disabilities use all their senses to recognize the elements that frame the structure of language – elements that mainstream students generally learn subconsciously through repetition and experience.
"[The approach] has been very successful in teaching students who don't...respond to typical reading teaching techniques," McLaughlin said during the school board's Sept. 18 meeting. "It is a multi-sensory, phonetics-based method of reading that – really in a discrete way – teaches children the rules of language in a way that probably none of us read, because we picked up on them or absorbed them in a much more natural type of way."
FDU has gained notoriety in recent years for its nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist training program and Project Read series of teacher training courses. Its school of education offers teachers 12- to 42-credit courses of instruction in the theory and practice of education tactics and intervention strategies associated with the Orton-Gillingham approach.
The first description of dyslexia occurred in 1896, when a headmaster reported that a student woud be the "smartest lad in the school" if the instruction were entirely oral. Since that time, experts have recognized the real challenges as well as talents associated with dyslexia.
Excerpt: "...we should expect the pace and direction to be set by strong visual thinkers and creative dyslexics who will often ignore conventional verbal descriptions--instead, putting themselves into their own mental models, talking with their hands.
And, perhaps a broader understanding of the importance of rediscovered spatial abilities, coupled with the greater use of sophisticated spatial assessment tools, might help prevent conventional educational systems from dropping by the wayside many of those who are especially well suited to emerging families of new visual and spatial tasks --whether in creating grand computer graphic illusions for Oscar-winning feature films or using scientific visualization and newly-developed analytic techniques to understand patterns in an elusive stock market or in many-layered ecological systems.
It is time to take a long, hard look at visual thinkers and creative dyslexics and begin to see how these individuals and our larger culture can benefit from new understandings about what we used to see mainly as problems."
Gifted children with dyslexia may get by in school because of strong higher order thinking skills that allow them to comprehend longer passages, but they may still have problems with single word decoding and writing...
Pretty cool! Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD now have an Immersion Reading program that allows listener / readers to listen to a narrated audiobook from Audible while seeing the highlighted printed text. This is an ideal situation for improving reading.
Whispersync for Voice has also improved the integration for listening-based readers that allows them to switch between where they were in an audiobook, watching a video, etc. 15,000 Kindle and audiobooks are available for Immersive Reading.
"DragonBox is making me reconsider all the times I’ve called an educational app “innovative.” Many educational apps are some form of flashcard, a way to enforce rote repetition and memory with some veneer of interactivity and multimedia layered on top. To be honest, I’m pretty tired of interactive picture books — yes, there are definitely some fun ones out there, but they’re not really any more “innovative” than pop-up books read out loud by an adult. It’s just an extension of the medium.
Here, though, we have an app that is allowing kids to learn a tricky subject through a gradual introduction of new rules and concepts — just like playing through an in-game tutorial where you first learn to look around, then walk, then jump, then pull out your weapons and fire, and then you’re off and running and you never had to sit down and read a manual. When the developers tested their app with hundreds of students in Norway, they found that more than 30% of them were able to solve equations after an hour of playing the game, and that rate more than doubled after two hours."
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"And whereas I used to think (dyslexia) was a disability, I've come to regard it as a strength. I read differently, and I do take longer to read something, but when I read something it is etched into my brain and I can quote long passages. Now I value the fact that I had to learn differently."- 5 Star Chef Charlie Trotter
Charlie Trotter has written 15 cookbooks, won 11 James Beard awards, and 2 awards for humanitarian work with Chicago area youth. Now Trotter is closing up his thriving restaurant to return to school (University of Chicago) to study philosophy and political theory.
Trotter's like many adults with dyslexia who have very broad interests and thrive when they pursue higher education later in life.