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Identify dyslexia, make learning easier for your kids

Camp LeJeune Globe – Chris DeWitt

“School can be tough. Learning a variety of subjects, juggling extracurricular activities and trying to make friends are just some of the challenges that come with a school setting. Now imagine you have a condition that makes learning more difficult. That is the case for individuals with dyslexia. With school now in full effect, I want to shed light on this learning disorder which to aid parents with some important information.” (more)

Bilinguals use inter-language transfer to deal with dyslexia

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Dyslexic children learning both a language that is pronounced as written, like Spanish, and a second language in which the same letter can have several sounds, such as English, are less affected by this alteration when reading or writing in the latter language. The authors a new study say that this is less a cure than a reduction of some of the symptoms.” (more)

Accommodating Students with Dyslexia

Edutopia – Jessica Hamman

“For many of us, reading is as automatic as breathing. But for the millions of students with dyslexia, reading is a difficult task that poses constant academic and emotional challenges. To simulate the experience of reading with dyslexia, try using this key to decipher the coded statement below.” (more)

Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To Read

NPR – Emily Hanford

“Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting tens of millions of people in the United States. But getting help for children who have it in public school can be a nightmare. “They wouldn’t acknowledge that he had a problem,” says Christine Beattie about her son Neil. “They wouldn’t say the word ‘dyslexia.’ ” Other parents, she says, in the Upper Arlington, Ohio, schools were having the same problem. The district in a suburb of Columbus wasn’t identifying their children’s dyslexia or giving them appropriate help.” (more)

Dyslexia: hidden costs and money-saving techniques for districts

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“Early intervention: It’s a common mantra for any student with learning difficulties, including dyslexia. But as Terrie Noland, national director of educator engagement for Learning Ally, pointed out in a recent edWebinar, those services are not consistently available to students across the United States. In “Dyslexia: Hidden Costs and Money-Saving Techniques for Districts,” Noland makes a case for front-loading the funding to shrink the learning gap at an earlier age and offers cost-effective solutions to help students engage in their education.” (more)

Why US policies for dyslexia should be scrapped

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Many of the current US Federal and State dyslexia laws should be scrapped as they ignore scientific evidence and privilege some poor readers at the expense of huge numbers of others, according to a leading expert in reading disability. Professor Julian Elliott from Durham University in the UK says valuable resources are put into expensive and time-consuming tests to diagnose children which are not only often highly questionable, but also do not point to forms of learning support that are different from what should be provided to any other poor reader.” (more)