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Why Getting Help for Kids with Dyslexia is Difficult

KQED News Mind/Shift – Emily Hanford

“The reluctance to confirm that a child is “dyslexic” goes beyond avoiding a label that could harm kids. Public schools nationwide have long refused to use the word, allowing many of them to avoid providing special education services as required by federal law. According to dozens of interviews with parents, students, researchers, lawyers and teachers across the country, many public schools are not identifying students with dyslexia and are ignoring their needs.”(more)

How to Get Your Mind to Read

The New York Times – Daniel T. Willingham

“Current education practices show that reading comprehension is misunderstood. It’s treated like a general skill that can be applied with equal success to all texts. Rather, comprehension is intimately intertwined with knowledge. That suggests three significant changes in schooling.”(more)

Dyslexia—when spelling problems impair writing acquisition

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Dyslexia is a reading disorder that affects the ability to adopt the automatic reflexes needed to read and write. Several studies have sought to identify the source of the problems experienced by individuals with dyslexia when they read. Little attention, however, has been paid to the mechanisms involved in writing. CNRS Professor Sonia Kandel and her team studied the purely motor aspects of writing in children diagnosed with dyslexia. Their results show that orthographic processing in children with dyslexia is so laborious that it can modify or impair writing skills, despite the absence of dysgraphia in these children. The findings of this study are published in the November 2017 edition of Cognitive Neuropsychology.”(more)

How to detect the risk of dyslexia before learning to read

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Almost 10 percent of the world’s population suffers dyslexia. Establishing an early diagnosis would allow the development of training programs to palliate this disorder. This goal could be closer after a study carried out by the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) associating auditory processing in children with their reading skills. The results offer a new approach for detecting the risk before children learn to read.”(more)

3 benefits of independent reading—and how to make it work in your classroom

Education Dive – Staff Writer

“Can school actually diminish a child’s love of reading? When students lack choice about the books they read, it can limit their enjoyment and motivation to read. Enter independent reading programs: Students can naturally find they love to read and build confidence when they choose their own reading materials. And as a result, independent reading programs can help improve comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.”(more)

How should we handle boys who can’t read?

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Many people know that girls, on average, are worse at math than boys. But the gender difference is three times greater when it comes to reading. According to international studies, this is where boys struggle. Why? And what can be done about it? For starters, children who struggle most with learning to read could be identified earlier than is currently done. And now, researchers are finding new ways to do this.”(more)