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Specific Learning Disabilities
Information related to the identification of students with a specific learning disability.  Information about instruction and issues impacting students with learning disabilities.
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Defining My Dyslexia

Defining My Dyslexia | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Perhaps I’ve succeeded not despite, but because of, my disability.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
susan koceski's insight:

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. 

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 25, 2013 8:37 AM

"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."


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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One in Five: Dyslexia Information - A dyslexia Support Community

One in Five: Dyslexia Information - A dyslexia Support Community | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Millions of American children & adults need the right support when they are struggling with a learning disability like dyslexia. Find what you have been looking for at Explore1in5.org.

Via Lou Salza, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
Lou Salza's curator insight, April 18, 2013 8:43 PM

Learning Ally has built a web site to collect the stories and testimony of students who share their journey. Love the kids!!--Lou

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 18, 2013 8:48 PM

A great site with stories from students who describe their journey!