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What are Learning Disabilities?

What are Learning Disabilities? | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

Learning disabilities (LD) are real. To have a learning disability means that you are of average or above-average intelligence, and your difficulties with learning are not primarily due to sensory problems (like blindness or hearing impairment)...."

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JennTufano's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:24 PM

Background on learning disabilities 

 

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BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts

BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Animated Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Arts & Music and English movies, quizzes, activity pages and school homework help for K-12 kids, aligned with state standards
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Great platform for stduents to practice the basic skills.

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Understood | For Learning and Attention Issues

Understood | For Learning and Attention Issues | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Help your child thrive. Chat with experts, connect with parents and get tips on parenting kids with reading, writing, math, organization, attention issues and more.
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Great portal, filled with great resources and information.

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How the brain reads music: the evidence for musical dyslexia

How the brain reads music: the evidence for musical dyslexia | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Music education in the western world often emphasizes musical literacy, the ability to read musical notation fluently. But this is not always an easy task – e
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Film demystifies and destigmatizes dyslexia

Film demystifies and destigmatizes dyslexia | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
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Check out the film and this little video

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Doctor Explains The Signs Of Dyslexia

Doctor Explains The Signs Of Dyslexia | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Dr. Sally Shaywitz comes from the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity to talk about her new book and explain the signs of dyslexia.
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15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD

15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech and translation.


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Luix Vargas's curator insight, August 6, 2013 4:28 PM

Lo que hubiera dado yo por una de estas apps cuando era niño; lástima que en ese entonces sólo daban coscorrones en estos casos

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:28 PM

An easy-to-read table of apps. Includes links and descriptions.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 10:45 PM

Great appps to help!

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Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain - Dana Foundation

Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain - Dana Foundation | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: Few issues are as important to the future of humanity as acquiring literacy. Brain-scanning technology and cognitive tests on a variety of subjects by one of the world’s foremost cognitive neuroscientists has led to a better understanding of how a region of the brain responds to visual stimuli. The results could profoundly affect learning and help individuals with reading disabilities

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Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD

Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
French children don't need medications to control their behavior.
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Interesting perspective...

 

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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:56 PM

What is of concern is that there is an alarming tendency in certain societies to pathologise certain aspects of normal childhood behaviour!

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KidsKnowIt.com - Internet's Most Popular Educational Website For Kids - Thousands of Free Educational Games And Activities

KidsKnowIt.com - Internet's Most Popular Educational Website For Kids - Thousands of Free Educational Games And Activities | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

Our Mission Is To Provide The Highest Quality Educational Activities, Products, Movies, Music, Games, Articles, Text Books, Learning Programs, Lesson Plans, Worksheets, And Distribute Them Completly Free of Charge


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Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, March 24, 2013 11:11 AM

I love this site!  A must for your list of favorites or bookmark bar.

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5 Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities

5 Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

"Getting into, paying for, and navigating through college is rarely easy. For students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities (LD), that struggle can take on even more dimensions.

Learning-related issues such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often lead to difficulties in traditional classrooms and on standardized tests; if scholarship applications look foremost at test scores and GPAs, it can mean that LD students lose out. Fortunately, there are resources and scholarships out there that can help."

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Students With Both mathematics and Reading Difficulties|Sousa

Students With Both mathematics and Reading Difficulties|Sousa | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

"Students who have both reading and mathematics difficulties are obviously at a double disadvantage. However, even though the reading and mathematical processing areas of the brain are separate from each other, these two cerebral regions interact whenever the learner must translate word problems into symbolic representations. Here are some strategies that are effective with these students."

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Boost Your Children’s Test Success With Neurological Strategies

Boost Your Children’s Test Success With Neurological Strategies | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

With the help of correlations from neuroscience research, you can use best brain practices to help your children build the learning habits for best memory and test taking skills while also sustaining or restoring a positive attitude about school. This first of a three-blog series will focus on several practices to make new learning stick and promote the neural circuits long-term memory so knowledge is truly understood and retained beyond the test.

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ADDitude: ADHD Symptoms, Medication, Treatment, Diagnosis, Parenting ADD Children and More

ADDitude: ADHD Symptoms, Medication, Treatment, Diagnosis, Parenting ADD Children and More | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Attention deficit information about ADHD symptoms, medication, treatment, diagnosis, and parenting ADD children from the experts at ADDitude magazine.
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Great online magazine with a variety of resources.

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Jones College Prep Soccer Star Overcomes Dyslexia to Excel in Classroom

Jones College Prep Soccer Star Overcomes Dyslexia to Excel in Classroom | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Senior Francesca Varias has been a two-time team MVP and hopes to become a cardiac surgeon.
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The strange afterlife of Einstein's brain

The strange afterlife of Einstein's brain | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

"Perhaps the most striking is that Einstein had an extra ridge on his mid-frontal lobe, the part used for making plans and working memory. Most people have three ridges but Einstein had four. She also found Einstein's parietal lobes were dramatically asymmetric, and he had a knob on his right motor strip. This latter feature is called the "sign of omega" and it is thought to be correlated to musicians who use their left hands. Einstein played the violin."

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Fascinating story about what happened to Einstein's brain...

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, April 20, 2:15 PM

Fascinating story about what happened to Einstein's brain...

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The Dyslexic Brain: Must-See Video - NCLD

The Dyslexic Brain: Must-See Video - NCLD | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:14 PM

Very useful information for teachers and parents who need to understand how the brain of a learners with dyslexia functions.

Mussalon koulu's curator insight, November 3, 2013 3:18 PM

MIelenkiintoinen ted-pätkä dysleksiasta.

Shranna's curator insight, January 24, 2014 2:20 AM

1 in 5 people have Dyslexia. The common definition that we know about Dyslexia isn't exactly what it is. When an individual have Dyslexia it isn't just about reading the words backwards but it is the incapablity of manipulating the words into different formats. Further, not being able to read the word as a whole. I think this is essential in knowing when being an instructor because this is a common disablity amongst young children. Syllable types and rules are a way we can use to help children with Dyslexia. I think it is essential to understand the different methods on teaching a child in a classroom. 

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Video: Exclusive–Sir Richard Branson on Dyslexia - NCLD

Video: Exclusive–Sir Richard Branson on Dyslexia - NCLD | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Quinn Bradlee interviews Sir Richard Branson about his experience growing up with dyslexia. They discuss how dyslexia affected Branson's young life as well as a working adult.
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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:01 AM

What a great role model and inspiration to children with dyslexia

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The Most Inspiring Use For Google Glass We've Seen So Far

The Most Inspiring Use For Google Glass We've Seen So Far | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
Penicillin, X-rays, Viagra: Some of man's greatest discoveries were made by accident.
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Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:50 AM

"...a tool that could help autistic users identify facial cues in real time."

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Brain Test to Diagnose A.D.H.D. Is Approved

Brain Test to Diagnose A.D.H.D. Is Approved | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first brain wave test to help diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
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Interesting... new way to diagnose ADHD using an EEG. Will it be more accurate? Could be more effective and will provide more evidence. Thoughts?

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Sensible and perplexing changes in ADHD diagnostic criteria (DSM-V) | SharpBrains

Sensible and perplexing changes in ADHD diagnostic criteria (DSM-V) | SharpBrains | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it
The American Psychiatric Association recently published DSM-V, the first major revision to the diagnostic manual for psychiatric disorders since 1994. In DSM-V,
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Helpful article about what kind of behavior constitutes ADHD.

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Science Teaching Dyslexic Students in the Rainforest - Wendy Welshans

Science Teaching Dyslexic Students in the Rainforest - Wendy Welshans | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

Great talk with Wendy Welshans today - she's an incredible teacher at the Forman School, a school for dyslexia, adhd, and learning differences. She has her own incredible personal story to tell but also an ambitious program for teaching students that buildings on their intellectual strengths.

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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

A very interesting perspective:

 

“I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you’re just not very smart,” Stigler says. “It’s a sign of low ability — people who are smart don’t struggle, they just naturally get it, that’s our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity.”

In Eastern cultures, Stigler says, it’s just assumed that struggle is a predictable part of the learning process. Everyone is expected to struggle in the process of learning, and so struggling becomes a chance to show that you, the student, have what it takes emotionally to resolve the problem by persisting through that struggle."

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High Anxiety: How Worrying About Math Hurts Your Brain | TIME.com

High Anxiety: How Worrying About Math Hurts Your Brain | TIME.com | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

Does math make you anxious? The latest research shows that even the thought of arithmetic can trigger a physical reaction that looks a lot like pain in the brain.

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LJ's curator insight, February 22, 2013 10:48 PM

Most students with learning disabilities experience some form of anxiety, from mild to extreme. This article is a great reference that addresses anxiety and math.

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It’s Smart to Sleep

It’s Smart to Sleep | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

"As a neurologist and middle school teacher I have often been asked about the best schedule to maximize children’s health and brainpower. During sleep, the higher thinking regions of the brain are less active because information enters the brain during sleep. This is when the brain can devote a greater portion of its energy (metabolism) to organization and filing the information learned during the day. This brain state is just what is needed to allow recently learned material to be stored in long-term memory."

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The power, legacy of Steven Spielberg’s dyslexia in 60 Minutes: ‘I own my fear'

The power, legacy of Steven Spielberg’s dyslexia in 60 Minutes: ‘I own my fear' | Learning Disabilities Digest | Scoop.it

Steven Spielberg’s 60 Minutes interview on Sunday night:

"....After having made more than 25 films, winning two Oscars, two Golden Globes and three DGA Awards, Steven Spielberg is in a time of his life when he can turn from “outward action” to “inner action”; a shift in perspective which is one of the strengths of dyslexia and reflected in Steven Spielberg’s newest movie Lincoln.

Unlike his previous movies, the movie Lincoln, coming in November, is not an action movie but a movie “about process and politics”. Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lincoln, depicts the last four months of Lincoln’s life and his fight to abolish slavery.

“Lesley Stahl: There's not a lot of action. There's no Spielberg special effects.
Steven Spielberg: Right.
Lesley Stahl: It's a movie about process and politics. Have you ever done a movie even remotely--
Steven Spielberg: Never. Like this?
Lesley Stahl: Not even close.
Steven Spielberg: Never. No. I knew I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career. In my life, the action doesn't hold any-- it doesn't attract me anymore.”
Similar to his interview about dyslexia Steven Spielberg talks about his dyslexia: Tips, insights, and solutions, - what appears to attract Steven Spielberg at this time in his life (not unlike Lincoln) is to leave a legacy..."


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