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Is 'Dyslexia'A Meaningless Label? Research rears its head and it's Deja vu all over again!

Is 'Dyslexia'A Meaningless Label? Research rears its head and it's  Deja vu all over again! | LD | Scoop.it

"For millions of parents, a dyslexia diagnosis that not only unlocks the door to extra help, but also allows them to understand why their child has problems reading. So it is no surprise that a suggestion the term is overused and should be ditched has been greeted with howls of protest.

 

But once the initial furore has died down, it is worth wondering whether affixing a label makes any real difference. Perhaps we should spend more time making sure children get the help they need than working out whether they fall into a neat category."


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This raises a helpful question.  I think that with increased capability, including digital type, we are getting closer to developing education methods that "individualize,' that is, meets the individual needs of each child whether there is a label on them or not. -Lon

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Apparently the lesson here is that no label accurate or inaccurate is meaningless--although many cause damage. The label dyslexia certainly helped me understand the challenges that print presented to me as a child in school and even as an adult now; but I am willing to listen to anyone with more information.  We should not wait for labels to provide children the support and instruction they need in order to succeed in school. Dyslexia describes but does not define me. We throw lots of labels at lots of children that begin with “dis” intimating that something is not “normal”: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysthymic, disruptive, disorganized, dyspraxic…etc,. I blogged about the use of “dyslexia” as a diagnostic category in the DSM 5:

 http://lawrenceschool.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/labels/

 

I can agree that some are more accurate than others—but I am “disgusted” that we “dismiss” evidence that would prevent reading failure in primary school—“dismayed” that we “dismantle” a child’s self worth and confidence with labels like “disabled” when the problem is mistaken policy and practice in the instruction of reading. Barbara Bateman many years ago labeled that “dysteachia”.

So I ask simply the adults in this debate stop talking.  I have often wondered to myself and out loud how much of this research that we seem to gnaw like dogs chewing bones actually ever benefits the children it is ostensibly aimed at helping.

Can’t we start applying what we already know and understand about the science of teaching reading? Do we really need fancy psychological reports? Must we wait 2-4 years for a child to fail before we decide to apply the settled science that tells us how to teach children to read?  Can someone explain the hysteria about labels and the complacency about failure? What ever happened to “Do no harm”? --Lou

 

 

Excerpt: "...It is entirely understandable that parents whose children struggle to read should look for an explanation. It is also understandable that they feel dyslexia is a better label than the alternative. For the children themselves, a diagnosis offers reassurance that they are not ‘stupid’.

But our desire to affix a label to reading difficulties gets in the way of children getting the help they need. Rather than wait until a child has been diagnosed – and then giving them the standard interventions offered to dyslexics – we should focus on making sure support is more closely tied to their needs. Children who struggle to read should not need a diagnosis before they get help..."

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Love & Dating On The Autism Spectrum-Interview With Nina Jonson of Minnesota Life College

Love & Dating On The Autism Spectrum-Interview With Nina Jonson of Minnesota Life College | LD | Scoop.it
Nina Jonson explained that The Love and Dating scene doesn't often just happen naturally, especially when a young person has trouble picking up social cues like those on the Autism Spectrum.
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Can you imagine what it would be like to try dating while having great difficulty picking up social cues like many Autistic people? -Lon

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Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds

Puberty and transition to adulthood may be especially challenging times, researcher says
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10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students @currey_ingram  @_CLCook  @lawrenceschool

10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students @currey_ingram  @_CLCook  @lawrenceschool | LD | Scoop.it


Dr. Mitchell has more than 25 years of experience in education and holds a Ph.D. in Human Learning, Development and Instruction from the University of British Columbia and a master’s in Educational Administration.


Schools are typically designed to serve the average student, and those with learning differences — such as dyslexia or trouble with executive functioning skills — usually make up a smaller part of the population. Estimates find that 5 to 20 percent of Americans have learning differences. If struggling students don’t find the help they need in school, keeping up with the rest of the class can be an enormous challenge.


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Thank you Jeff! This is an important communication that can help schools get better at responding to all learners!--Thanks! Lou
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The Sugar Wars: How Diet Impacts ADHD Symptoms

The Sugar Wars: How Diet Impacts ADHD Symptoms | LD | Scoop.it
Cutting back on sugary snacks—or even eliminating them entirely—may help your child manage difficult ADHD symptoms like distraction and impulsivity. ADHD symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment information for adults and children from experts in attention deficit and learning disabilities like dyslexia. How to manage ADD medications, set up school accommodations for your child, help your marriage to an ADD/ADHD adult parent children with discipline problems, use alternative treatments, succeed at work, and manage time and money.
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An Oscar-Nominated Film Inspires a New Approach to Autism

An Oscar-Nominated Film Inspires a New Approach to Autism | LD | Scoop.it
The obsessive interests that consume many kids on the spectrum may turn out to be pathways to growth
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Rise in autism blamed on clinicians diagnosing mild symptoms, study finds

Rise in autism blamed on clinicians diagnosing mild symptoms, study finds | LD | Scoop.it
Doctors diagnosing less severe autism have caused the dramatic rise in diagnoses, which is putting pressure on the public purse.

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Dyslexia: The Most Common Learning Disability in the U.S. - School Wise Books

Dyslexia: The Most Common Learning Disability in the U.S. - School Wise Books | LD | Scoop.it
Just in case you didn’t know that: It’s estimated that somewhere between 5% and 17% of the population has dyslexia. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the U.S. Some schools don’t acknowledge dyslexia because providing specials services for those so diagnosed is cost-prohibitive. Many people think dyslexics see letters in the wrong order, …
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Brain Connections Show More Symmetry Between Hemispheres in People With Autism

Brain Connections Show More Symmetry Between Hemispheres in People With Autism | LD | Scoop.it
Neuroscience News has recent neuroscience research articles, brain research news, neurology studies and neuroscience resources for neuroscientists, students, and science fans and is always free to join. Our neuroscience social network has science groups, discussion forums, free books, resources, science videos and more.
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Why Dyslexia Is More Than a Reading Disorder

Why Dyslexia Is More Than a Reading Disorder | LD | Scoop.it
Researchers revealed important new information about how brain changes that affect more than language and reading may be behind dyslexia
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What Donkeys Know About Autism

What Donkeys Know About Autism | LD | Scoop.it
Normally skittish and stubborn, donkeys seem to understand children with special needs.

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Donkeys and Autistics.  Who would have thought?  This is a new wrinkle to me in animal therapy.  -Lon

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Five life lessons I've learned being a caregiver to my son with autism

Five life lessons I've learned being a caregiver to my son with autism | LD | Scoop.it
Below is a post by Mary P. Miller, a retired professional fund raiser and mother of three children, including a 46-year-old son with autism about whom she has written a book “So Far So Great!” Mary is currently leading an effort to raise funds to build housing for autistic adults on Cape Cod. Visit Mary's website here.
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One person's life journey from raising a child with Autism. Not only does it discuss some insights into autism, even more, it discusses a mother's journey of what she learned about herself. -Lon

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Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It | LD | Scoop.it
It's the most common learning disability, yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers.
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Estimates are that from 5 to 17 percent of the US population have dyslexia. -Lon

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Estimates are that from 5 to 17 percent of the US population have dyslexia. -Lon

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Autism in the workplace – an opportunity not a drawback

Autism in the workplace – an opportunity not a drawback | LD | Scoop.it
An increasing number of companies are recognising how recruiting ‘neurodivergent’ people can bring a whole range of skills and abilities to a workforce
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We are all different.  This acceptance of neurodiverse brains just expands this observation. -Lon  [Thanks to our advertisers for their support]

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How our autistic ancestors played an important role in human evolution

How our autistic ancestors played an important role in human evolution | LD | Scoop.it
Unlocking the mystery of autism's origin.

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We all have at least some autistic traits.  Makes sense?  -Lon

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Sad News from The Gow School

Sad News from The Gow School | LD | Scoop.it
Gow News - A college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 7-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities
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ADHD Characteristics May Help with Business Success | Psych Central News

ADHD Characteristics May Help with Business Success | Psych Central News | LD | Scoop.it
A new study suggests the symptoms associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are often linked to successful entrepreneurship. A team of
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The Great Aspie

Loving a partner with Asperger’s can be both challenging and rewarding

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The Folly of Ego

The Folly of Ego | LD | Scoop.it
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A parent, as an attorney, trying to help parents survive Special Education systems. -Lon

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This Is Your Brain On Dyslexia

This Is Your Brain On Dyslexia | LD | Scoop.it
Research using fMRI provides compelling evidence that dyslexia involves a reduction in the ability to learn from repeated exposures to new perceptual stimuli. This reduction is present when dyslexics view pictures of faces or objects as well as printed and spoken words.
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Misunderstanding Dyslexia

Misunderstanding Dyslexia | LD | Scoop.it
Dyslexia has traditionally been defined as a brain-based condition that causes difficulty mastering reading-related skills, such as: identifying and
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The brains of Dyslexics differ in all kinds of ways, some that give special abilities that are better than the norm. -Lon

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Misdiagnosis of girls with ADHD takes toll

Misdiagnosis of girls with ADHD takes toll | LD | Scoop.it
Girls with ADHD are not being diagnosed or are being diagnosed much later than boys and that has deadly consequences, says behavioural pediatrician and University of Windsor professor Sharon Burey.
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The claim here is that girls are more often not diagnosed with ADHD, that results in a higher mortality from accidents.  You agree?  -Lon

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Kids Diagnosed with Autism More Likely to get Psychotropic Drugs

Kids Diagnosed with Autism More Likely to get Psychotropic Drugs | LD | Scoop.it
Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are much more likely to be prescribed a psychotropic medication, study finds.
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The assertion that little is known about the effectiveness  of the medication with ASD children is very concerning. -Lon

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Pokémon GO: 7 Things to Know for Kids With ADHD

Pokémon GO: 7 Things to Know for Kids With ADHD | LD | Scoop.it
Can kids with ADHD play Pokémon GO safely? Assistive technology expert Jamie Martin writes about the benefits and risks of Pokémon GO for kids with ADHD.
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Chuck E. Cheese's Hosts Sensory Sensitive Sundays for Those With Autism

Chuck E. Cheese's Hosts Sensory Sensitive Sundays for Those With Autism | LD | Scoop.it
Chuck E. Cheese's and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) are partnering for "Sensory Sensitive Sundays" for those on the autism spectrum.
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