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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 12:30 PM

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

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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Dyslexia Awareness Day in Harrisburg, PA

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Tina Marie DeLong's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:58 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

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PLOS ONE: E-Readers Are More Effective than Paper for Some with Dyslexia

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PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, September 19, 2013 11:29 PM

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E-readers are fast rivaling print as a dominant method for reading. Because they offer accessibility options that are impossible in print, they are potentially beneficial for those with impairments, such as dyslexia. Yet, little is known about how the use of these devices influences reading in those who struggle. Here, we observe reading comprehension and speed in 103 high school students with dyslexia. Reading on paper was compared with reading on a small handheld e-reader device, formatted to display few words per line. We found that use of the device significantly improved speed and comprehension, when compared with traditional presentations on paper for specific subsets of these individuals: Those who struggled most with phoneme decoding or efficient sight word reading read more rapidly using the device, and those with limited VA Spans gained in comprehension. Prior eye tracking studies demonstrated that short lines facilitate reading in dyslexia, suggesting that it is the use of short lines (and not the device per se) that leads to the observed benefits. We propose that these findings may be understood as a consequence of visual attention deficits, in some with dyslexia, that make it difficult to allocate attention to uncrowded text near fixation, as the gaze advances during reading. Short lines ameliorate this by guiding attention to the uncrowded span.

  
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Easier Reading on Smart Phone - Smithsonian Matt Schneps Site Demo

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Research From the Smithsonian Institution Laboratory for Visual Learning
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Brain Scans Can Reveal Dyslexia in Preschool Children - Nature World News

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Brain Scans Can Reveal Dyslexia in Preschool Children
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Brain scans can show if a child has dyslexia before he or she even begins to read, a new study reported.
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Researchers Debunk Myth of "Right-brain" and "Left-brain"Personality Traits - - - University of Utah Health Care - Salt Lake City, Utah

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Brain study aims to improve dyslexia treatment - Medical Xpress

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Brain study aims to improve dyslexia treatment
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Neuroscientist Sarah Laszlo wants to understand what's going on in children's brains when they're reading.
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The Perils of Giving Kids IQ Tests - The Atlantic

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The Atlantic The Perils of Giving Kids IQ Tests The Atlantic The psychologist who tested Kaufman concluded that he had a relatively low IQ, a score low enough to earn him the label "seriously learning disabled." On that basis, Kaufman was not sent...
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Mindfulness and How It Helps Kids Excel - Huffington Post

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Mindfulness and How It Helps Kids Excel
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It also works with all learning styles (visional, audial, kinesthetic) as well as all learning "disabilities" and challenges.
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Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut

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A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:24 PM

If only early diagnosis guaranteed early effective instruction or intervention!--Lou

 

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"..NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention. 

Teachers typically are the first to recognize a child is having a tough time reading, spelling, reading aloud and understanding what is being said.

"This is a map of the human genome," said Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Yale School of Medicine.

Now, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have identified two genes, that together, increase the risk for dyslexia and language disabilities.

"This is the second dyslexia risk gene," said Dr. Gruen. "It has a huge effect for risk of dyslexia, that can actually increase the risk for dyslexia almost 8 fold in the general population."

What Dr. Gruen and his research unit have pinpointed could lead to an even earlier diagnosis of kids with dyslexia and impaired language skills..."
 

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:28 PM

Very interested in where this may go ahow how it will change the face of identification.

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Not All Reading Disabilities Are Dyslexia: Lesser-Known Reading Disorder Can ... - Science Daily (press release)

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Instapaper App Updated With Dyslexia-Friendly Font

Instapaper App Updated With Dyslexia-Friendly Font | Dyslexia Today | Scoop.it

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 12:51 PM

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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 8:46 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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Nanoscale Neuronal Activity Measured for the First Time

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Researchers develop a new technique which allows them to record and measure the electrical activity in synapses. ....Applying a high-resolution scanning probe microscopy which allowed 3D visualisation of the stuctures, researchers were able to record and measure the flow of currents in small synaptic terminals. This image is a 3d representation of synaptic transmission and is adapted from the Queen Mary, University of London press release."


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Lou Salza's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:06 PM

Amazing graphic, but more important is how detailed the future physiological studies of brain activity will become. --Lou


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"The research, published today in Neuron, opens a new window into the neuronal activity at nanometre scale, and may contribute to the wider effort of understanding the function of the brain represented by the Brain Activity Map Project (BRAIN initiative), which aims to map the function of each individual neuron in the human brain..."

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Bill to Adopt Internationally Recognized Definition of Dyslexia Now Law - Cape May County Herald (press release)

Bill to Adopt Internationally Recognized Definition of Dyslexia Now Law
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TRENTON -- Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew and Senate Education Chair M.
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Brain scans could uncover dyslexia before kids learn to read

Brain scans could uncover dyslexia before kids learn to read | Dyslexia Today | Scoop.it
A type of MRI scan reveals the size and set-up of a part of the brain that appears to be smaller in children with dyslexia. Read this article by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on CNET News.
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Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory | Dyslexia Today | Scoop.it
Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms.
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Learning Disabilities Linked to Slow Brain Development - The Almagest

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The Almagest Learning Disabilities Linked to Slow Brain Development The Almagest 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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USF researchers study piano training, brain performance - The Oracle

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USF researchers study piano training, brain performance The Oracle Jennifer Bugos, an assistant professor of music education, and Nathan Maxfield, an assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, held the piano training...
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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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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

Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:09 AM

Wow. Congrats, Todd!

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Fiber-Optic Pen May Help Scientists Understand Dyslexia - Yahoo! News

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Fiber-Optic Pen May Help Scientists Understand Dyslexia
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A new fiber-optic pen may help reveal the unique brain patterns in people with writing and reading disabilities, such as dyslexia.
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