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Remedial Instruction Rewires Dyslexic Brains, Provides Lasting Results, Study Shows

Remedial Instruction Rewires Dyslexic Brains, Provides Lasting Results, Study Shows | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A new brain imaging study of dyslexic students and other poor readers shows that the brain can rewire itself and overcome reading deficits, if students are given 100 hours of intensive remedial instruction.

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susan koceski's curator insight, January 4, 2013 12:57 PM

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080805124056.htm

 

This study supports a ever growing body of research that suggests that teaching actually helps rewire the brain.

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Kindergarten no hold back.docx

Kindergarten no hold back.docx | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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A great article discussing the pros and cons of a "Young Fives" program prior to kindergarten.   

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What makes them tick: Supporting (and encouraging) student's strengths

What makes them tick:  Supporting (and encouraging) student's strengths | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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In my recent scoop from the New York Times entitled "Defining Dislexia" (http://sco.lt/50a4g5)   I read a particularly interesting piece:  

 

"Traditionally, a diagnosis is something devised by distant experts and imposed on the patient. But I believe we must change our understanding of what role we should play in defining our own diagnoses."


It's a funny thing.  The people doing the diagnosing are basing their decisions on scientifc "facts".  Indeed, "facts" are more often proved wrong by science, for one reason or another, over time. Science is more art than the scientists want to believe.  New information over time changes how we understand the world.  


If you want to understand something like dyslexia (or ADHD, for example), you will need to live it; live "with" it or observe it with a keen eye,  firsthand,  and over time.  Only then will you see the gifts that "come with".  They are plenty.


 I have questioned the deficit model with which we view these things for decades.  This view is a straight jacket for the person being observed. It is a 'glass is half empty" approach to a situation in which the school environment is most often a poor match for those things that are the individual's livelihood.  The high-stakes testing and increased requirements for core academic content compound the misery for certain populations of students.  


If your training/experience and expectations from your employer  cause you to grab a Wechsler to understand the student, please consider spending an equal amount of time learning who the student is; what makes them tick; what are they passionate about; how do they spend their free time.  Recommendations should reflect a plan of support that celebrates, supports and encourages the strengths.  After all, this is what will carry them long after they leave the halls of our schools.  

 

 

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Defining My Dyslexia

Defining My Dyslexia | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Perhaps I’ve succeeded not despite, but because of, my disability.
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"the dyslexic brain, which processes information in a unique way, may impart particular strengths. Studies using cognitive testing and functional M.R.I.’s have demonstrated exceptional three-dimensional and spatial reasoning among dyslexic individuals, which may account for the many successful dyslexic engineers. Similar studies have shown increased creativity and big-picture thinking (or “gist-detection”) in dyslexics, which correlates with the surprising number of dyslexic entrepreneurs, novelists and filmmakers."


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I believe that scientific evidence and social observation will continue to show that defining dyslexia based solely on its weaknesses is inaccurate and unjust, and places too grim a burden on young people receiving the diagnosis."

 

Great article to wake up to.  Indeed, the strengths have ALWAYS been there.  The problem is, people with testing kits tend to use a form of confirmation bias by focusing on the weaknesses and building programs around "filling the gap".  These programs essentially point out the obvious to the child several times per hour .  How does one deal with having their weaknesses given the spotlight for years on end?  Who can do that?  How can they do that?  We continue to fill our rooms for "emotionally impaired" students who cannot read or write, wondering how to unpeel the layers after 10 years of toxic environments.  

 

We create toxic environments for these creative children when we do not identify and enthusiastically support their strengths.  

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susan koceski's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:47 PM

This article reminds me of a video that is posted on this page, the Journey into Dyslexia (HBO Documentary), which reviews data that indicates a overwhelming number of entrepreneurs have dyslexia.  most of them say it was because of their dyslexia that they were successful not despite it.   also speaks to the controversy about the label-SLD or Dyslexia.  Many people resent the term SLD as they feel that they are not "disabled" but have a specific medical condition. 

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Psychology of Color [Infographic]

Psychology of Color [Infographic] | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Perhaps no choice is as vital to marketing as color. Whether you are selecting the color for a product or for your email marketing campaign, color has

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Lovely!

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Les Howard's curator insight, May 10, 2013 10:44 AM

Interesting for an aspect of visual literacy

Melissa Kreger's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:21 PM

Consider the impact of color when desiging a classroom. 

AnnC's curator insight, May 10, 2013 9:20 PM

I have always loved the effect of color on people - it is fascinating!

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A Focus on Distraction

A Focus on Distraction | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Does distraction matter — do interruptions make us dumber?
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Most people who are good at divided attention COME trained for distractions.

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13 Best Apps for Special Needs @nasponline

13 Best Apps for Special Needs  @nasponline | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Shows a blog entry in detail
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13 apps perfect for students with special needs.  

 

Blog Viewer - National Association of School Psychologists

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The Power of Talking to Your Baby

The Power of Talking to Your Baby | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
The amount of language children hear in their first three years plays an important role in their future learning: the more talk from parents, the better.

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susan koceski's curator insight, April 18, 2013 11:27 AM

Here is updated research on the science for language development in early childhood.  This article references some of the seminal research in the field with application.   

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How Grief Counselors Help Suffering Students - Edudemic

How Grief Counselors Help Suffering Students - Edudemic | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
After events like Newtown, we all have an idea of what grief in school looks like. Here's insight into how grief counselors help suffering students.
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Why your ‘seesaw’ brain can’t stay on task

Why your ‘seesaw’ brain can’t stay on task | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
U. FLORIDA (US) — When we try to concentrate on a specific task, different parts of our brain are in a constant battle for control behind the scenes.
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Are Learning Disabilities a Roadblock For Entrepreneurs?

Are Learning Disabilities a Roadblock For Entrepreneurs? | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs with learning disabilities face an uphill battle - but it's anything but hopeless. (Are Learning Disabilities a Roadblock For Entrepreneurs?
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More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. Causing Concern

More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. Causing Concern | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A marked increase over the last decade in diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could fuel growing concern that the diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.
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I have struggled with understanding ADHD for decades.  

 

On one hand, I feel young children with driven, physical behavior; lack of  impulse control and minimal  "mindfulness" are at serious risk for other mental health issues.  I also worry about life-quality risks because of the sheer number of times people have to intervene, redirect and often "punish".  I've witnessed, first-hand, how medication can decrease all of that to a very large degree.  

 

Still, I've also witnessed first hand how all of this can change over time.  Impulse control and  mindfulness can increase; the physically driven behavior can decrease.  

 

It is a conundrum.  Medication may increase things that are good for the child and decrease the things that are not so good for the child.  But at what cost?  It truly can change 'who they are'. There is a cost.  

 

Loving relationships that are tolerant and non-punitive will go a long way toward teaching the child skills they currently lack.  

 

It is important that they emerge in adolescence still able to like the person in the mirror.  

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The dyslexia website from Xtraordinary People

The dyslexia website from Xtraordinary People | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Dyslexia information, advice and the latest from xtraordinary people and their dyslexia campaigning for children.

Xtraordinary People believes that with the right support, dyslexics can achieve extraordinary things. Our aim is to ensure that anyone with dyslexia can be empowered to succeed.


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Helpful for discussions around low achievement

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susan koceski's curator insight, January 4, 2013 12:53 PM

This is a new website from England that I have run across with some interesting quotes from celebrities with dyslexia.  Could be helpful for doing presentations about dispelling the myths of low acheivement.

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We need to understand.

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New input can warp fresh memories

New input can warp fresh memories | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
IOWA STATE (US) — It may be possible to alter memory simply by suggesting different information, but timing and context are key.
“If you reactivate a memory by retrieving it, that memory becomes susceptible to changes again.
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"If, for example, students are discussing a class lecture and one student inadvertently provides the others with the wrong information, that could make it more difficult to recall the correct information on the test."    


This relates to the notion that we do not want kids memorizing the wrong information.  The importance of immediate, correct  feedback is highlighted.  

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DSM-V and Special Education

DSM-V and Special Education | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
As has been widely publicized and discussed, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has recently issued a revised version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a b...
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A discussion of the DSM V and changes from DSM IV

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malek's comment, July 26, 2013 7:44 AM
an outline guide that morphed into a cookbook
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Creating Visual Displays with Data Using Excel

Creating Visual Displays with Data Using Excel | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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Our group offers support on creating visual displays with data using Excel.  Dr. Susan Koceski, Diane Katakowski and I work together with about 12 educators in our computer lab.  Participants bring their own raw data (behavior, IEP goals or academic progress monitoring).

 

 We give an overview presentation ( https://www.dropbox.com/s/63i92fjdr8sp4d3/ppt.blog.ppt) and then provide examples with templates and directions in Excel  (https://www.dropbox.com/s/53h42r8y3gz8teo/visual.blog.xlsx)  .

 

Then we work alongside participants helping them to make sense of the data they bring.  

 

Visual displays are meant  to inform or pursuade.  They are  effective means  for communicating a message to a specific audience.  You must clarify what your message is before determining how to harness the numbers to achieve your goal.  

 

 

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Too Much Helicopter Parenting

Too Much Helicopter Parenting | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Certain forms of help can dilute the recipients’ sense of accountability for their own success. Support, don’t substitute.
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Great reminders!  

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"And therein lies the problem: how can we help our children (and our spouses, friends and co-workers) achieve their goals without undermining their sense of personal accountability and motivation to achieve them?

The answer, research suggests, is that our help has to be responsive to the recipient’s circumstances: it must balance their need for support with their need for competence. We should restrain our urge to help unless the recipient truly needs it, and even then, we should calibrate it to complement rather than substitute for the recipient’s efforts."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:45 PM

We all need good support so when we bump our knee someone is there to help us. We need less interference in the process and more readiness to help overcome bumps on the road.

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Rethinking Difficult Parents

Rethinking Difficult Parents | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
"Jack tells me that lots of kids are doing way worse things, but you ignore them and pick on him."

"Are you saying Mandy is a liar?"

"As far as I know, three kids did the same thing, yet Ben was th
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One of my favorite mantras:  "Accept what's messed up and change how you are looking at it!"

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susan koceski's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:49 PM

Great reminders in working with parents. 

Mariha Greenland Shields's curator insight, February 17, 2014 11:39 AM

Another great reference when talking with my students about working with parents.

Mrs. Monsour's comment, March 1, 2014 12:47 PM
Thank you for sharing this valuable resource, Mariha.
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LD Pride Day: Celebrating 50 Yrs of Struggles and Opportunities! — Landmark College

LD Pride Day: Celebrating 50 Yrs of Struggles and Opportunities! — Landmark College | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Professor Baucom & some (amazing!) students sharing stories of #LD at 7 pm: http://t.co/sD6kqjHuGY #LearnDifferently #Dyslexia #LCSharks

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Lou Salza's curator insight, April 23, 2013 9:24 PM

Good on Landmark College and Prof. Baucom for the history lesson and the inspiring observance. I was recently asked by some seniors at Lawrence school if I had a learning disability. I answered truthfully: "no" I said, "I have dyslexia. I can learn"--Lou

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First grade math skills set foundation for later math ability, February 27, 2013 News Release - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

First grade math skills set foundation for later math ability, February 27, 2013 News Release - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Children who failed to acquire a basic math skill in first grade scored far behind their peers by seventh grade on a test of the mathematical abilities needed to function in adult life, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes...
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Inner Aspie: How I Experience Empathy

Inner Aspie: How I Experience Empathy | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
How I Experience Empathy http://t.co/mbnBLw3Vl6 via @Soundless2
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 "It's not lack of feeling anything that is the issue, but rather expressing it."


I have witnessed this myself in people on the spectrum.   



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How your brain chunks ‘moments’ into ‘events’

How your brain chunks ‘moments’ into ‘events’ | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
PRINCETON (US) — Scientists say they have a new explanation for how the brain breaks experiences into “events,” or the related groups that help us mentally organize the day’s many situations.
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Selfishness can spread to the socially minded

Selfishness can spread to the socially minded | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
U. MISSOURI (US) — Individuals don’t want to be “suckered” into giving if others in the group get away without helping, new research suggests.
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About ADHD: Thinking Fast and Slow

About ADHD:  Thinking Fast and Slow | School Psychology in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
I've had a theory brewing for a few decades. It's about ADHD. My theory is that some people have been gifted with the adroit ability to think and move quickly; they ride life like a stallion, seein...
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