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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
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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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"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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When a Cashier Reminded Me My Son Has Down Syndrome

When a Cashier Reminded Me My Son Has Down Syndrome | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Moments like this are why we need awareness.
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I saw this yesterday and thought it was worth reading to put a little perspectives in our day.  Since we work with kids who have differences, it is sometimes shocking to me about the insensitivity of others.  We do good work.  Feel good that you are trying to change the perspectives.  

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Choice Literacy - Articles & Videos - Full Article

Choice Literacy - Articles & Videos - Full Article | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Good tips for parents.  I think it is so important for parents to understand that their role is primarily practicing and enjoyment of reading not teaching reading.  It should feel like a conversation, with opportunities to ask questions. If your child is barking at the print, it is too hard.  They should be reading books at home that they know 98-100% of the words.  This blog has good questions for parents to ask while their son or daughter is reading a longer text.

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A unique tool to spot dyslexia in children

A unique tool to spot dyslexia in children #edchat http://t.co/06poOyAXwJ
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We have long known from functional magnetic imaging that students who have reading disabilities or dyslexia have noticeable differences in the way the brain processes langauge (parietotemporal region of the brain: slow, analytic decoding function and the occipitotemporal: rapid, automatic word identification).  Most of these studies are down with kids already identified.  What is interesting about this line of research is that it followed students over time. 

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Poverty as a Childhood Disease

Poverty as a Childhood Disease | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
More doctors are growing concerned about the effects of childhood poverty in an age when income inequality is increasing and social mobility is declining.
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Add risk factors for learning disabilities and the deck is so against these kids. If only we had the political backbone to tackle the real issues.

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What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-dyslexia-kelli-sandman-hurley Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't ...
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A well done animated short video on dyslexia.  Worth watching and giving to those families that are impacted.

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What Is Dyslexia? | Difficulties Reading

What Is Dyslexia? | Difficulties Reading | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
What Is dyslexia? | Reading Disability - A dyslexic person may have difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and maybe even speaking.
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Always good resources from NCLD

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http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Overcoming-Dyslexia-Finding-Pas

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Some insight about the emotional toll of a specific learning disability. 

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When Will We Ever Learn

When Will We Ever Learn | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Dissecting The Common Core State Standards with Dr. Louisa Moats
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Diane Ravitch blog (wp.me/p2odLa-87w) features excerpts from the interview in Psychology Today featuring Louisa Moats.  I think it is worthwhile to read the original interview in its entirety to understand her criticisms and concerns of the CCSS as it relates to students with learning disabilities.    

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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.
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I believe this article closely ties not only differntiated instruction but formative assessment as esstential to know what tools and strategies are might be helpful.  Great for beginners.

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
susan koceski's insight:

This is counterintuitive.  I think we ought to think about the purpose of note taking and learning.  This study did not focus on special education students or students with learning disabilities.  Would the same research hold up for college students with SLD?  Thought provoking. 

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Executive Functioning and Learning Disabilities | Executive Functioning | Types of LD

Executive Functioning and Learning Disabilities | Executive Functioning | Types of LD | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Executive functioning skills - These problem behaviors are often the descriptors we hear about students with learning disabilities (LD) as well as those with ADHD and language processing disorders.
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Sarah Ward, SLP and expert in executive functioning (www.cognitiveconnections.com) was recently at Oakland Schools providing similar information. There are interventions that can work. Many students often have both ADHD and SLD making executive functioning a very important part target of intervention.  Homework help anyone?  organization?  Completion of long-term projects?  

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Backwards EdTech Flow Chart

Backwards EdTech Flow Chart | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
I'm a very visual person, so naturally I'm drawn to charts, diagrams and anything that I can look at and understand.  I've made a couple other charts to help people pick technology tools based on B...
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Instead of selecting a technology and thinking about ways to use it during instruction, let's focus on the task that we want students to do then think about the technology that might support it.

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Disabled students aren't as disabled as you think [Commentary]

Disabled students aren't as disabled as you think [Commentary] | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
This summer, Arne Duncan , the U.S. secretary of education, startled public school systems nationwide by shifting the focus of enforcement of federal laws covering students with disabilities from technical compliance like timelines to accountability for academic outcomes. The shift has seismic impact, plunging the number of states who fully meet federal requirements from 41 to 18. Maryland, despite laudable efforts, is one of the fallen states.
susan koceski's insight:

We have the wrong delivery system in public schools.  Students get more specialize instruction and time as they get older instead of intense services early when any gaps are smaller.  The dosing is all wrong.  Combine the delivery system problems with low expectations.  The poor delivery model of specialized instruction in schools directly impacts the lact of progress and the low expectations that teachers have learned to expect.  

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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month - Language Learning Apps, LLC, Sugests How to Identify and Help a Struggling Reader

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2014 -- National Dyslexia Awareness Month is aimed at building awareness in parents and teachers of this language based reading disability. Language Learning Apps, LLC, provides the signs of a student with dyslexia.
susan koceski's insight:

 I like this quote from the article, "Dyslexia cannot be cured, but its impact can be overcome." 

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Rethinking Learning Disorders | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Rethinking Learning Disorders | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
For most people, learning to read, write, add, or subtract seems straightforward and elementary. But as both a professor of special education and a scientist who ...
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Good basic article about the DSM revisions impact students with learning disabilities.

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Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders

Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Researchers in Montgomery County, Md., have identified warning signals, such as poor grades or a high number of absences, that can flag students as early as 1st grade who are likely to drop out later.
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Early intervention matters.  We know who the at-risk students are in our schools.  We need to beat the odds.

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Famous Failures - YouTube

http://this-video-recommends.info/on/famous-failures ((( Get The Inspiring Book On Famous Failures))) Inspiring video on persevering no matter how many times...
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There are many versions of this video.  Even if you have seen this before, it is worth another look. 

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What Is Dyscalculia | Math Learning Disabilities Symptoms

What Is Dyscalculia | Math Learning Disabilities Symptoms | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Dyscalculia, sometimes known as “math dyslexia,” affects the ability to make sense of and work with numbers. Learn the symptoms of dyscalculia and ways to help.
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Good general overview about math disabilities including the difficulty that kids with math disabilities have with number sense.

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A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Fantastic Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Merging of technology and learning.

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Growing Up Greatness's curator insight, August 7, 12:34 AM

A great resource to assist with effective differentiation in the diverse classroom.

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Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
With the increased recognition that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking its members to become advocates.
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It is helpful to get physicians in the game early!!! 

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading
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This really relates to my previous post about taking notes with a computer. Annotation can really help compreehnsion if it is purposeful and intentional. 

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A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom - Huffington Post (blog)

A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom - Huffington Post (blog) | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom
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"They can't do that...they can hardly read!
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Thinking is what drives the CCSS.  Don't let access be the barrier that gets in the way of thinking.    

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Does this article make you feel awkward?

Does this article make you feel awkward? | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
Charity Scope is launching a campaign to tackle "awkwardness" around disabled people. Disabled comedian Lee Ridley shares his regular experiences of public awkwardness.
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how can you do your part to make disabilities less awkward?   I would like to see his show.

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Kids With LD Gain Confidence by Reciting the Gettysburg Address | Homework & Study Skills | At School

Kids With LD Gain Confidence by Reciting the Gettysburg Address | Homework & Study Skills | At School | Specific Learning Disabilities | Scoop.it
A new PBS documentary from Ken Burns tells the story of how kids with learning and attention issues overcome fears and gain confidence by learning to recite President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
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Watch tonight, 4/15/14 at 9PM or check out a rebroadcast on PBS. 

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