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Understanding Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it hard to learn to read and understand written language. Even kids with average or above-average intelligence can have dyslexia.

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Reading is a little like riding a bike: it requires doing many things at once with precise timing. With practice, typical readers gradually learn to read words automatically so they can focus their mental energy on comprehending and remembering what they've read.

Kids with dyslexia, though, have trouble with phonemic awareness and phonics. Research has shown that dyslexia occurs because of subtle problems in information processing, especially in the language regions of the brain. For this reason, reading doesn't become automatic and remains slow and labored. When a child struggles with these beginning steps in reading, comprehension is bound to suffer and frustration is likely to follow..."

 
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Schools Mix One-to-One with a Helping of BYOD

Schools Mix One-to-One with a Helping of BYOD | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Sometimes, it takes a hybrid approach to get mobile devices into the hands of every student.

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Finding this model is very beneficial when implemented with thought and purpose.  

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Sentence Builder App Is Now Free (Was $4,99) Grab It ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Sentence Builder App Is Now Free (Was $4,99) Grab It ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

"I just learned through Learning in Hand that the iPad app Sentence Builder is now free for a limited period of time (used to cost $4,99). Sentence Builder is an app that provides language practice for young learners. It basically helps them learn about words, pronunciation, grammar and punctuation."


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Great for At Home!

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Teaching English with Technology: WebQuests - the best way to foster critical thinking, social skills and problem-solving?

Teaching English with Technology: WebQuests - the best way to foster critical thinking, social skills and problem-solving? | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

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A new way of looking at a tried-and-true process in the classroom, looking for information to answer a question or to solve a problem. Webquests can be differentiated to meet the needs of a variety of learners.
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@E2ENational @DaveFlink Help for Dyslexic and ADHD Students From Those Who’ve Been There

@E2ENational @DaveFlink Help for Dyslexic and ADHD Students From Those Who’ve Been There | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

David Flink, a tall and energetic 33-year-old, stands in front a classroom and sizes up his audience of fifth and sixth graders as well as college students. They’re a tough crowd, but these are his people.

“Anyone here dyslexic, or ADD?” he asks. There are nods, some hands. “A couple? Do you have dyslexia? I have dyslexia,” David admits. This is something almost everyone in the room has in common; it’s an art-room meeting of grade-schoolers and their college-age mentors, organized by Eye to Eye, an nonprofit organization that brings together students with LD (learning disabilities) and ADD or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

- See more at: http://truthatlas.com/help-for-learning-disabilities-from-those-whove-been-there/#sthash.Yz1Lgxnk.dpuf


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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 28, 10:57 AM

David Flink and Eye to Eye are excellent, powerful movers and shapers of our understanding of dyslexia and other differences. David is also a great friend to all of us in the 'tribe'--his leadership mentors us all! --Lou

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David is the chief empowerment officer and cofounder of Eye to Eye, and he understands the power and importance of reaching and helping these students. “When I was young,” he recalls, “I got labeled LD and ADHD. And when I got those labels, I felt like it explained a little bit why I was struggling in school. I had a word to describe why I wasn’t learning well, but I didn’t actually have the tools to access what I needed.

“Thankfully,” he continues, “I was able to get those tools over the years through a lot of outside intervention. But the easiest way to have gotten those tools would have been from someone who’s a little older and who’d already figured out the process.” In other words, he could have used a mentor...

by Nick Poppy

 

- See more at: http://truthatlas.com/help-for-learning-disabilities-from-those-whove-been-there/#sthash.Yz1Lgxnk.dpuf


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Henry Winkler's New Book Series Aims To Help Kids With Dyslexia - KUOW News and Information

Henry Winkler's New Book Series Aims To Help Kids With Dyslexia - KUOW News and Information | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
“Henry Winkler's New Book Series Aims To Help Kids With Dyslexia KUOW News and Information Steve Scher talks with actor and comedian Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver about writing children books.”
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The Side of Learning Disabilities No One Considers

The Side of Learning Disabilities No One Considers | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
The time has come to think differently.
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Text Synched With Audiobooks Improves Reading - North American Press Syndicate

Text Synched With Audiobooks Improves Reading - North American Press Syndicate | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
“ Text Synched With Audiobooks Improves Reading North American Press Syndicate Dr.”
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Maryanne Wolf - Dyslexia as a Gift

Maryanne Wolf - Dyslexia as a Gift | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

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Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:08 PM

From Dr Maryanne Wolf:


"...so often these are brains that are wired to see spatial patterns, to see the big picture, to go outside of the box, to think holistically.  Often they're artists, they're architects and yeah, that same advantage or set of advantages which made them before literacy, our generals, out builders, a lot of our great figures, that made a disadvantage at the same time for some of the wiring that goes into left hemisphere language processes.


Now the real, if, if you wanna know my real task in life, it's to re-conceptualize or to help re-conceptualize dyslexia from being thought of as a deficit or something wrong with the brain, to realizing this is an extraordinary and beautiful brain that we have failed as an educational system to know how to teach easily when it comes to reading.  But that is the failure, not the child, but of us to understand..."

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NBC Nightly News - Successful Entrepreneurs with dyslexia

An NBC Nightly News story about successful entrepreneurs with dyslexia

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Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut

Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
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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Richard Engel on Finding Success With Dyslexia | Child Mind Institute

Richard Engel on Finding Success With Dyslexia | Child Mind Institute | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
The journalist discussed the emotional impact of growing up with a learning disorder. "Building confidence is everything," he said.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 23, 2013 9:23 AM

Richard Engel describes beautifully what many of our students experience. The over emphasis on academic skills and testing in school crushes confidence. Later however, we may be in situations where other skills--unnecessary in a classroom --surface, define success and build confidence  in those new environments. The sad thing is that the early traumatic defeats in school are never erased. Millions even billions of dollars of earnings as an adult can not pay the debt incurred by that early failure in reading in primary school.--Lou

 

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"...Early on he seemed like a bright student. He attended a Montessori school and there were no signs of any learning disorder, although he remembers needing to sing the alphabet song a lot to remember his letters. Things changed when he transferred to the competitive Riverdale Country School in the fourth grade and began taking tests for the first time. He was shocked to find himself "failing miserably," with grades that didn't reflect his real comprehension of the material. Proactive, his parents determined that he had dyslexia and sent their son to work with learning specialists and tutors. Meanwhile, Engel's confidence plummeted, and he started developing behavior issues. "The more I was coddled and made to feel like a person with a defect, the more angry I'd feel," he told the audience. He said he even attacked a teacher with a xylophone once "right to the side of the head" and remembers being asked to leave Riverdale more than once.

 

 

Engel's message at the event, part of Speak Up for Kids, was about the importance of addressing the emotional impact of struggling with a learning disorder. Academic success is important in childhood—now seemingly more than ever—and it's easy for parents, teachers and specialists to focus most of our attention on helping kids who are falling behind catch up. But for many kids, the experience is a demoralizing one. They're told that they're different from their peers and asked to devote their time and attention to learning different ways to learn—all while still toughing out school, a frustrating experience on its own.

Engel met with the learning specialists and slogged through school, sticking to the sidelines, for several years before experiencing what he calls the turning point in his life: going to a wilderness survival camp in Wyoming when he was thirteen...."

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Jack Greene, Univ of CO, Boulder on Dyslexia and Learning Ally, 2 min video

John "Jack" Greene, a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, shares his story of living with dyslexia as a child, and the impact of accessible audiobook accommodations from Learning Ally that have helped him thrive in college.


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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 7, 2013 7:58 PM

In lesss than 2 minutes this articulate, intelligent, dylexic college student makes a strong case for the crucial role of assistive technology in the lives of those of us in the tribe!  When in doubt, people--just ask the kids!-Lou

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"....Now harboring aspirations to go to law school, Jack is one of six Learning Ally National Achievement Award scholars who were honored at The Newseum in Washington, DC on April 27, 2013...."

Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:46 AM

An astounding, well-articulated testament to the power of finding the right tools to assist young people with dyslexia or any other learning barrier. It not only helps them academically but helps boost self-esteem as they feel that they can achieve what others around them can, that they can 'fit in'. 

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Stop Climbing, Start Swimming: The hidden advantages of dyslexia: Jonathan Buchanan at TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 11, 2013 2:12 PM

Nicely done! The use of the the quote from the book of Matthew ( Matthew Effects)  should have been attributed to Kieth Stanovich: 

 

http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/researchbytopic/4862/

 

Otherwise terrific talk--Lou

Brenda Elliott's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:48 AM

Love Ted talks!-

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Useful Tools and Apps to Help You Assemble Your Classroom Curriculum ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Useful Tools and Apps to Help You Assemble Your Classroom Curriculum ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

"Here is a list of educational tools you may not have heard of, but may be useful when assembling your classroom curriculum."


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Nancy Evans's curator insight, July 18, 12:20 PM

lots of apps, but how to use them in class

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Executive Functioning in Emerging Adults TY! @Strugglingteens

Executive Functioning in Emerging Adults TY! @Strugglingteens | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
“ Parth Gandhi, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the clinical assessment of adolescents and young adults, explained how Executive Function skills can determine if a young adult will be successfully independent.”
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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 12, 9:27 PM

From our good friend and colleague Lon Woodbury!


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An emerging adult is one that has either turned 18 or is an adolescent growing toward adulthood. As a neuropsychologist focusing on assessments, Parth looks at young adults 18 and over who are not functioning well and question why? "I think we have less expectations for young adults now and we've become softer, less willing to let them fail," he said. "Yet, these kids need to learn from failure and they need earlier training from their parents. Kids aren't being challenged and they need those challenges to learn and grow from. When we protect them, we take away their skill building. I think it is a cultural issue and a family issue, but working with your children needs to be strategic.

- See more at: http://www.strugglingteens.com/artman/publish/WRI-K4HD_140602_-2.shtml#sthash.W52Mxasl.dpuf

Barbara Hunter's curator insight, June 16, 4:49 AM

Good information! We can't wait to see if EF skills are in place, parents and professionals must guide growth.  By "guide growth" I mean, understand the processes of EF, assess strengths and challenges in children very young, as they are emerging, and engage in metacognitive, direct, and strategic support.

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Predicting Dyslexia — Even Before Children Learn to Read

Predicting Dyslexia — Even Before Children Learn to Read | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
“ New research shows it’s possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain even before kids learn to read. And this earlier identification may start to substantially influence how parents, educators and clinicians tackle the disorder.”
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The usage of brain imagining has gained a lot of ground for its impact in the field of learning disabilities and dyslexia
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Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews - Dr. Ken Pugh - YouTube

Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews - Dr. Ken Pugh - YouTube | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Dr. Ken Pugh is President, Director of Research and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the Director of the Yale...
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Decoding Dyslexia: The Grassroots Movement Making a Difference!

Decoding Dyslexia: The Grassroots Movement Making a Difference! | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
“Just in case you haven't yet heard, there is a movement sweeping the country here in the U.S. that definitely is making real waves AND moving things in the right direction for individuals with dyslexia.”
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Do You Actually Type FASTER On An iPad? - Edudemic

Do You Actually Type FASTER On An iPad? - Edudemic | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
There are many criticisms and barriers put up when one discusses the implementation of mobile devices in schools.
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Interesting study. Was just talking with about students typing on iPads vs laptops.
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DYSLEXIA REVIEW: 13 MEMORABLE DYSLEXIA STORIES OF 2013

DYSLEXIA REVIEW: 13 MEMORABLE DYSLEXIA STORIES OF 2013 | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

2013 was a busy year for dyslexia! Dyslexia in medicine.  Dyslexia in politics.  Dyslexia in literature, arts, entertainment, and more. Below is a list of the Top Dyslexia stories for 2013.  Scroll down to the bottom to see my predictions for next year.  Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014.  Remember: Whatever your issue, don’t procrastinate…advocate!


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My hope for 2014 is that the #dyslexiamovement gains broader reaching ground, connecting people looking to make awareness grow 

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Nice review!-Lou

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"SO WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2014?

In the coming year, more states will pass dyslexia legislation.  Look for Illinois to pass legislation requiring early screening for dyslexia as well as additional professional development requirements for educators.   We can also expect Tennesseans to see legislation introduced this year, as various advocacy groups and individuals in the state have formed an alliance to see landmark legislation passed there.   In addition to more laws passed, expect more technological advances, more medical advances, more movies and more books!"

 
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Tips from Dyslexic Students for Dyslexic Students * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Tips from Dyslexic Students for Dyslexic Students * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
What wonderful tips and advice from dyslexic students for dyslexic students. Definitely worth sharing!... http://t.co/oPLLywrayd
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Dyslexia Apps to support learning | Dunbar Primary School

Dyslexia Apps to support learning | Dunbar Primary School | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

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Dyslexia is not a disability – it's a gift

Dyslexia is not a disability – it's a gift | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Sally Gardner: So much has changed since I was an undiagnosed dyslexic at school, but its wonders and contradictions remain hard to convey
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Resources for the iPad - An Extensive Set of Links & Resources for iPad

Resources for the iPad - An Extensive Set of Links & Resources for iPad | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
An extensive set of links regarding iPad implementations, the experiences of teachers and students with iPads in the classroom, scholarly articles, and reviews of iPad apps.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 12, 2013 11:25 AM
Apple iPad Education Sites


These are just some sites; John Larkin has an excellent compilation of papers and resources regarding teaching with iPads. 



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Resources for the iPad - An Extensive Set of Links & Resources for iPad | @scoopit via @juandoming http://sco.lt/...

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Twitter / bnpowers: @benfoss talks about "normal" #dyslexia http://t.co/oBVuxTBRm3

Twitter / bnpowers: @benfoss talks about "normal" #dyslexia http://t.co/oBVuxTBRm3 | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

@benfoss talks about "normal" and testing #dyslexia http://t.co/oBVuxTBRm3


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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:09 PM

Ben Foss, Inventor of the Intel E-Reader and Disabilities Rights advocate spoke today at Eagle Hill Schoo in Southport CT. Ben Foss; dyslexic, has  a new book Called Dyslexia Empowerment coming out in August

 

http://www.rhspeakers.com/speaker/ben-foss/

 

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