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Centers throughout the brain work together to make reading possible

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A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed that several regions in the brain are responsible for allowing humans to read.


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Frontiers | Developmental dyslexia: dysfunction of a left hemisphere reading network | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

This mini-review summarizes and integrates findings from recent meta-analyses and original neuroimaging studies on functional brain abnormalities in dyslexic readers. Surprisingly, there is little empirical support for the standard neuroanatomical model of developmental dyslexia, which localizes the primary phonological decoding deficit in left temporo-parietal regions. Rather, recent evidence points to a dysfunction of a left hemisphere reading network, which includes occipito-temporal, inferior frontal, and inferior parietal regions.

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When Will We Ever Learn: Dissecting the Common Core State Standards With Dr. Louisa Moats

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Dr. Louisa Moats, the nationally-renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher and author, was one of the contributing writers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS initiative is an attempt to deal with inconsistent academic expectations....

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N.J. Assembly passes bill requiring early screening for dyslexia, reading ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

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N.J. Assembly passes bill requiring early screening for dyslexia, reading ...
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TRENTON — A bill requiring school districts to screen children for dyslexia and other reading disabilities was passed by the Assembly yesterday.
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Researchers point to brain 'roadblock' as a cause for dyslexia - Raw Story

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A roadblock in the brain makes reading difficult for people with dyslexia, a new study suggested Thursday, contradicting long-held opinion.
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Dyslexia's roots traced to bad brain connections - New Scientist

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Dyslexia's roots traced to bad brain connections
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The neural basis of dyslexia may finally have been nailed – showing that the problem lies with faulty communication between different areas of the brain's language network.
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The Way We Learn - WBUR

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Why maintain a system and structures that reflect faulty notions of learning and brain function? Why cling to notions of “normal” and learning disabled?
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Learning Disabilities Linked to Slow Brain Development - Telemanagement

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Telemanagement Learning Disabilities Linked to Slow Brain Development Telemanagement Researchers from Northwestern University, Illinois studied 54 children and adults who had been diagnosed with one of three learning problems (dyslexia, specific...
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Centers throughout the brain work together to make reading possible

Centers throughout the brain work together to make reading possible | Dyslexia Today | Scoop.it

A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed that several regions in the brain are responsible for allowing humans to read.


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Tracking Dyslexia In The Preschool Brain @TuftsGSAS @MaryanneWolf_

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Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, described the work as “amazing.”

“It shows that this brain is differently organized for written language before reading ever occurs,” she said via e-mail. “It is like a missing piece in our understanding of dyslexia.”

Identifying the signs of dyslexia in the brain helps destigmatize the condition, said Wolf, author of “Proust and the Squid: the Story and Science of the Reading Brain.”

“One of the problems in dyslexia is people are saying it doesn’t exist,” she said. “When you look at these brain images you know it exists.”

Wolf said she’s optimistic that dyslexia will eventually be diagnosed before a child falls too far behind. In the meantime, she said, teachers should be better trained in how to identify dyslexia and how to help children who are struggling to read.

“We have to get our professional develop commensurate with our knowledge base,” she said.

 


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Lou Salza's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:39 PM

When Professor Maryanne Wolf speaks; I listen!-Lou

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Instapaper App Updated With Dyslexia-Friendly Font

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I use instapaper on the iPad to bookmark web articles to read later. Great to see that with their latest update, they added the open source Dyslexia-Friendly font!


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Drexel University presents The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia Roadshow

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This free event, hosted by Drexel University's School of Education, is designed for educators, professionals, parents, and students to bring awareness to the hidden disability, dyslexia.

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Another blast in the reading wars

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The war over how best to teach children to read continues.

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Tina Marie DeLong's curator insight, September 17, 2013 9:51 AM

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I usually make certain that my comments are professional but in this case all that is running through my head is "You go Steven Dykstra!!"  Thank you for writing this piece and thank you to each of the signing scholars.  Please keep fighting for the future of our children.

 

Tina Marie DeLong

Parent of two young boys with dyslexia

Co-founder of Decoding Dyslexia PA

Special Educational Advocate

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TY! for @anniemurphypaul How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

TY!  for @anniemurphypaul   How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile? | Dyslexia Today | Scoop.it
The quantity of students’ homework is a lot less important than its quality. Enriching children’s classroom learning requires making homework not shorter or longer, but smarter.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, September 17, 2013 5:46 PM

Spaced repetition, retrieval practice, interleaving--3 easy to use techniques that can boost student learning without boosting time spent on homework. Really!--Lou 

 

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"....The quantity of students’ homework is a lot less important than its quality. And evidence suggests that as of now, homework isn’t making the grade. Although surveys show that the amount of time our children spend on homework has risen over the last three decades, American students are mired in the middle of international academic rankings: 17th in reading, 23rd in science and 31st in math, according to the most recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

In a 2008 survey, one-third of parents polled rated the quality of their children’s homework assignments as fair or poor, and 4 in 10 said they believed that some or a great deal of homework was busywork. A recent study, published in the Economics of Education Review, reports that homework in science, English and history has “little to no impact” on student test scores. (The authors did note a positive effect for math homework.) Enriching children’s classroom learning requires making homework not shorter or longer, but smarter...."

by Annie Murphy Paul 

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Spotting dyslexia before a child starts school | e! Science News

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Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children's Hospital Boston.

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In dyslexia, less brain tissue not to blame for reading difficulties

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In people with dyslexia, less gray matter in the brain has been linked to reading disabilities, but now new evidence suggests this is a consequence of poorer reading experiences and not the root cause of the disorder.
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Poor Brain Wiring Behind Dyslexia - Nature World News

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Poor Brain Wiring Behind Dyslexia
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Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects about ten percent of children in the U.S. People with the condition have difficulty reading despite having normal intelligence.
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Laura Perez's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:45 AM

"University of Leuven in Belgium researchers led by Bart Boets found that phonetic representations "the unique neural pattern that the brain attaches to a sound of speech" are normal in the brains of people with dyslexia. However, the brain isn't able to access these representations."

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Dyslexia Decoded in the Brain - Discover Magazine (blog)

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Dyslexia Decoded in the Brain
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Dyslexia affects about one in ten people of all ages, inhibiting their ability to read and spell. In our language-driven world, that's a real problem.
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Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning by Tina Barseghian

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning by Tina Barseghian | Dyslexia Today | Scoop.it
Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to motivated learning.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:06 PM

And I quote: (report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child)

 "In terms of basic brain functioning, emotions support executive functions when they are well regulated, but interfere with attention and decision making when they are poorly controlled."  

Moral? Lead with the heart. Get  your head due north –then and only then, Teach! --Lou

 

Excerpt: "...Neuroscience, too, has offered evidence to support a holistic message about cognitive, social, and emotional development. Recent scientific advances have led to rejection of a cognitive versus affective framework to describe human cognition. Evidence shows that the prefrontal cortex, considered the center of higher-level cognition in the brain, also plays a dramatically important role in emotion processing and regulation. Thus, the operation of the brain is more like an orchestra than a number of soloists. This paradigm-shifting evidence has forced us to rethink the relationship between reason and emotion. Not only does academic learning depend on social and emotional skills, but also it is virtually impossible to disentangle the two. A report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child put it this way:

When feelings are not well managed, thinking can be impaired. Recent scientific advances have shown how the interrelated development of emotion and cognition relies on the emergence, maturation, and interconnection of complex neural circuits in multiple areas of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, limbic cortex, basal forebrain, amygdala, hypothalamus, and brain stem. The circuits that are involved in the regulation of emotion are highly interactive with those that are associated with “executive functions” (such as planning, judgment, and decision making), which are intimately involved in the development of problem-solving skills during the preschool years. In terms of basic brain functioning, emotions support executive functions when they are well regulated, but interfere with attention and decision making when they are poorly controlled...."


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Bill Requiring Schools to Screen for Dyslexia Makes Headway - Patch.com

Bill Requiring Schools to Screen for Dyslexia Makes Headway Patch.com Once considered a long shot for passage, a bill that would require screening of young children for dyslexia and other reading-related disorders seems to be gathering momentum in...
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New laws on testing for Dyslexia launch, without clear rules - Press of Atlantic City

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New laws to get more help for children with reading disabilities have taken effect, but parents may see few changes in their child's school this year.
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With new law, state officially recognizes dyslexia in schools

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Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a bill into law that officially recognizes dyslexia in New Jersey schools.


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Dyslexia Insight #1: Make Dyslexia About Strengths—Not Shame - NCLD

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Dyslexia and shame: Why do dyslexic people feel shame about their difficulties with reading and spelling? Dyslexic author Ben Foss shares his experience.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:30 AM

This is a wonderful piece! Share it with your students!-Lou


"Let me introduce myself: My name is Ben Foss, and I am dyslexic.

When I was a kid, my mother read out loud to me. When I went to college, I’d fax my term papers home to her in New Hampshire so she could read them to me over the phone and help me find spelling mistakes. I know what it's like to feel lonely, and I want to tell dyslexic people—especially dyslexic kids and their parents—that you’re not alone. I’m collaborating with NCLD over the next few weeks to share some of the insights I’ve gained on my path from special education to completing my law and business degrees at Stanford, and eventually becoming the Director of Access Technology at Intel. I’ll be sharing insights that I hope will help you learn the facts about dyslexia, tell your story and build a toolkit that will allow anyone with dyslexia play to his or her strengths."

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The International Dyslexia Association - ChromaGen: False claims mislead about dyslexia treatment

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ChromaGen: False claims mislead about dyslexia treatment


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Centers throughout the brain work together to make reading possible

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A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed that several regions in the brain are responsible for allowing humans to read.


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Dyslexia Awareness Day in Harrisburg, PA

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Tina Marie DeLong's curator insight, September 18, 2013 2:58 PM

Join us for the kickoff event to an entire month of promoting Dyslexia Awareness throughout Pennsylvania.  If you cannot attend the events, use social media to get the word out! #PA_DLC @DD_PA