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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...."

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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

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Love Ted talks!-

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Improving the self image of a dyslexic child

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Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:14 AM

Great quote: "It is important to note that dyslexia is not in itself a disability, it is a condition." 

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Patient Money - Nudging Schools to Help Students With Learning Differences - NYTimes.com

Patient Money - Nudging Schools to Help Students With Learning Differences - NYTimes.com | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Federal law says schools must provide an appropriate education for all children with learning disabilities, but parents can help by becoming advocates and experts.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 2, 2013 11:28 PM

"....Kyle was born with orthopedic and neurological problems. In elementary school he was found to have several learning disabilities that included severe dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder. Ms. McGee sought for years for her son to get the kinds of therapy and intervention that would help him succeed in his public school system in Yorktown, Va.

Throughout Kyle’s elementary, middle and high school years, Ms. McGee had to fight for the special services, particularly for a reading program for dyslexia that worked well for her son. She even enlisted the help of a lawyer who specializes in learning disability cases.

At one point, Ms. McGee and her husband, Chuck, decided to put Kyle in private school for two years before he went to public high school. They often paid out-of-pocket for reading therapies that schools could not or would not provide.

The roller-coaster ride ended well. Kyle is now enrolled at ECPI College of Technology, studying computer networking..."

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How A Parents' Group Is Raising Awareness About Dyslexia

How A Parents' Group Is Raising Awareness About Dyslexia | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Parenting a school-aged child with dyslexia requires strategy, savvy and time. Frankly, not all of us possess these attributes in equal measure and the job often seems beyond our means and abilities.
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Visual Processing Disorders | Learning Disability - NCLD

Visual Processing Disorders | Learning Disability - NCLD | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Visual processing disorder & disability - There are lots of ways the brain processes visual information. Weaknesses in a particular kind of visual processing can often be seen in specific difficulties.
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What are the advantages of tablet computers for students with dyslexia?

What are the advantages of tablet computers for students with dyslexia? | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

computers, tablet computers, such as the iPad (and iPhones) are lightweight, portable, and kid-sized. 


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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:25 PM

"The long battery life means they can be used at home, in school, in trains, planes, and automobiles—literally any place where one can sit down.

iPads start instantly and can be closed in the middle of an activity at a moment’s notice.

Most apps are reasonably priced, and range from free to about $25, although some specialty apps (e.g., for Speech and Language Pathologists) can be quite expensive.

What should you look for in a good app?
A good app is educationally sound, versatile, and worth the price.

Here are a few other considerations;..."

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Better Spatial Learning Among Dyslexics

Better Spatial Learning Among Dyslexics | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

Visual Scientist Matthew Schneps of the Smithsonia finds 'dyslexic advantage' reading visual scenes.

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Dyslexia: Lost for words : Article : Nature

Results from fMRI suggest that there are at least two pathways for reading in the brain: inexperienced readers use one pathway, whereas a second, faster pathway takes over in more skilled readers. Both involve three key areas in the left side of the brain: a region at the front of the brain known as Broca's area; and at the rear, the parieto-temporal and occipito-temporal regions (see diagram). Broca's area has long been known, from studies of patients with brain lesions, to be required for normal speech and writing. Novice readers seem to use the parieto-temporal region to dismantle words for step-by-step phonological analysis; more experienced readers apparently rely on the occipito-temporal region to recognize whole words instantly8.

Map reading: the brain regions that are involved in deciphering text.

With her husband Bennett and other Yale colleagues, Shaywitz has used fMRI to compare the brains of dyslexics to those of normal, healthy readers as they perform reading tasks such as trying to identify nonsensical words in rhyming pairs and real words in non-rhyming pairs. When the words used were nonsensical ('jeat' and 'lete', for example), they could not instantly be recognized, and so all the volunteers were forced to sound out the words in their heads, phoneme by phoneme. In 1998, Shaywitz and her colleagues reported that dyslexics and non-dyslexics differ in their patterns of brain activity9. "We found a clear neurological signature for dyslexia," she says.

 


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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 17, 2013 7:42 AM

A nice reveiw of the state of current research

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Dyslexic Electrical Engineer Paul Clarke

Dyslexic Electrical Engineer Paul Clarke | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

"For me I was able to rotate images in my head and look at drawings and describe what could not be seen or how it would look form a different angle. I also found i could memorize chucks of maps, drawings etc in a almost photographic type way..."

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Trimble Local Schools take part in statewide Dyslexia Pilot Project - The Athens Messenger

Trimble Local Schools take part in statewide Dyslexia Pilot Project - The Athens Messenger | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Trimble Local Schools take part in statewide Dyslexia Pilot Project
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Dyslexia is a developmental reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols.
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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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Lou Salza's curator insight, December 22, 2012 5:18 PM

Useful Website:

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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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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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Brain Anatomy of Dyslexia Is Not the Same in Men and Women, Boys and Girls | Neuroscience News

Brain Anatomy of Dyslexia Is Not the Same in Men and Women, Boys and Girls | Neuroscience News | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Researchers discover significant sex-based brain anatomy differences between males and females with dyslexia.

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
@nolagrl123 I see. BTW, our #LDchat on May 1 will cover #dyslexia. Feel free to join and ask questions: http://t.co/wnCq8dQkyx
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Anderson Cooper and His Dyslexia

"I would always carry a book with me, but I was not actually reading the book..."- Anderson Cooper, journalist and anchor, CNN

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Researchers Find a Biological Marker For Dyslexia In Kids

Researchers Find a Biological Marker For Dyslexia In Kids | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
Detecting the reading disorder as early as possible may help more children to overcome reading and learning problems (http://t.co/M5SmSExUTS)
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28th Annual Learning Differences Conf - Pioneering the EF Field!

28th Annual Learning Differences Conf - Pioneering the EF Field! | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

Friday & Saturday, March 22-23, 2013 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education


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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:28 PM

An excellent conference for teachers, administrators, parents, and members of the 'tribe!'

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Teachers Guide to Dyslexia ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Guide to Dyslexia ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 17, 2013 7:32 AM

Dyslexia turned Mat Peterson from a guy with severe reading disabilities into an educator of grand calibre.His   free-language approach I talked about in Teaching Without Words  has created a real revolution in literacy education in the States. Watch this TED Talk to learn more about his story.


Talking about Dyslexia I deemed it important to provide my readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learningwith a quick overview of what this phenomenon is all about. I am pretty sure all of you know about it and probably some of you have dyslexic students in their classes. Here are some ideas that might help you better  understand your dyslexic students.

What is Dyslexia ?
Dyslexia is a specific type of language-based disability that is caused by a defect of some sort in the way the brain processes graphic symbols. Dyslexic people experience severe difficulties with reading, writing, listening and spelling.However, dyslexia is only a language related disorder and does not arise from any a developmental disability or physical limitation.

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Includes link to interesting TED talk by Mat Peterson (great educator) and mind maps showing where people with dyslexia have gaps in their skillset.

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Neurobiology of Learning Disorders

Research talk on latest brain research of LDs. We'll be giving this talk in San Francisco next week for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. Topics covered include dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD / ADHD, psychology, creativity, gifted, neurodiversity, and more. 

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Stamford Fire Father Wants Kids Remembered With Donations To ...

Stamford Fire Father Wants Kids Remembered With Donations To ... | Eagle Hill Southport | Scoop.it
The father of the children killed in the Christmas day fire in Stamford a year ago today has shared his reflections and how he wants them remembered.
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Twitter / Dyslexic_Kids: An example of how #dyslexia ...

"@Dyslexic_Kids: An example of how #dyslexia can affect a young student: http://t.co/lsuwXhsr" @lilging95 #Will
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