Pomona College student in Cognitive Sciences, Melissa was named America's Top Young Scientist by Discovery 3M, in addition to receiving the Smart Kids with L...
Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com's insight:
Fantastic interview with Melissa Rey - it's no accident that she was named top young scientist in the US when she was only 16. Melissa shares that she only began to read when she was in the 4th grade, but that she always had an irrepressible curiosity that led her to figure out why things happened in the natural world and science in general. We loved her tips in college that included getting to know her teachers well and asking for a single room all 4 years (she studies by pacing and talking aloud)!
Not just for boys of course - this is a wonderful list of read-alouds for boys as well as girls. Funny, whimsical, imaginative stories that include books from Beverly Clearly such as Mouse and the Motorcycle, Chronicles of Narnia, Trumpet of the Swan, Encyclopedia Brown and more. 65 Read-Alouds for Children (reluctant readers love these too)
English teachers share their tips identifying and working with students with dyslexia. A common tip-off is a student who is very bright in oral communication, but struggles getting ideas down on paper. Assistive technology like Inspiration is also discussed. Watch the video here.
Scaffolding can work for teaching any complex subject, but it certainly applies to math. Especially with math, it is often very important when introducing a new procedure to provide an example of what kind of question the procedure is used for, then proceeding through the steps - talking aloud as much as possible. Tips #4-6 are also very important for many dyslexic students - pre-teaching vocabulary, using visual aids, then providing plenty of time to pause, ask questions, pause, then review.
For language arts or social studies, scaffolding may especially help to connect with previously learned information (factual or thematic). Emphasizing the big picture also helps to make information memorable for students.
Many dyslexics are very musical and some have perfect pitch. For many students with dyslexia, playing be ear is easier than reading music or musical theory. In this brief article, an experienced music teacher shares tips about working with dyslexic music students.
For many gifted and older students with dyslexia, writing is a greater challenge than story reading comprehension. 'Stealth dyslexia' is a term for individuals with dyslexia who seem to fly just below the radar of detection. They may struggle with writing, spelling, math facts, and general processing speed, but have strong story reading comprehension because they can use strengths in higher order thinking to make educated guesses about meaning. For more check out this article and comment thread.
"...disabilities that can be mistaken for sloth or carelessness..."
Most people have no idea how much time some LD students need to complete standard assignments such as written reports or math worksheets. There is a complete under-appreciation of working memory and processing speed limitations.
Working memory and processing speed will expand - and can improve with certain types of training, but because of lack of awareness, unreasonable expectations can take all sorts of tolls on student's emotional and psychological health.
Many students with dyslexia are kinesthetically and artistically talented. This simple, but beautiful pattern weaver can motivate children to play with designs and mathematical relationships. Pattern weaver.
Some great ideas for teaching reading: simple manipulatives and ideas for learning sight words and word families. Includes lesson charts for common phonics blends and vowel combinations that can be tricky for students with dyslexia to remember. For more, click Beginning Reader ideas.
One of the most common reasons older students with dyslexia have reading comprehension difficulties is because of syntax. It's not vocabulary or a thinking problem, many have never explicitly been taught what the rules of meaning are with complex sentences. Syntax has been defined as the proper arrangement of words and phrases for the formation of grammatically-correct sentences.
What Are the Signs of Syntax Problems?
- Mistakes on tests due to misreading or misunderstanding of questions rather than lack of knowledge - Essays seem 'simple' because of an over-reliance on simple sentences - Awkward sentence construction and impaired grammar conventions
Tricky Grammar Subjects - Direct and indirect objects (Who did what to whom? For instance " The cat that the dog chased jumped over the fence" - Gerunds (My cat's favorite activity is sleeping) - Participles (barking dog, crying baby, etc.) - Dependent clauses
Great resource for teaching math fundamentals to students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. The book is loaded here, though it is a bit difficult to scroll in this format, it has many valuable tips and suggestions. Chapters range from number concepts to fractions, decimals, percentage, and time.
Open source incremental easy readers for teens and older beginning readers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The books span all categories - fiction and non-fiction, with a fairly basic text-to speech voices to read them.
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