It’s About Connection, not Correction

 
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Writing conventions (spelling, punctuation, capitalization) are meant to establish meaning and clarity. To achieve understanding in writing, scholars and amateurs once engaged in nuanced debates and filled tomes with the context of the historical sound of /j/, the spelling of “their”, and serial comma usage. Now, we post distilled and pointed […]

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Why the “Rules” Don’t Work

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Understood.org posted a summary article about the 14 Phonic Rules and the chatter about it highlights something problematic about using rules in Orton-Gillingham instruction: For each rule there is a litany of exceptions.

“I hate schwas!”
“But what about putt?”
“Well, then shouldn’t druid should sound like droot?”
“Breath doesn’t take the long e sound…”

This is familiar […]

What’s after OG? Or, my kid can now decode but their spelling is still oful!

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Do you want the good news bad news first?
Here’s the BAD NEWS:
We really aren’t helping our kids when we tell them that after they finish Orton-Gillingham (OG) they have all the keys to the kingdom that they need in order to read anything they want.

OG covers the basics. Wonderful, necessary basics.  But it […]

What is all this yak-ing about?

 

Some thoughts to consider on why we use yak as a memory image, why we don’t memorize “rules”, and why we want to expose our brain to rarer spelling patterns and nonwords!

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Sweetheart, I Have Dyslexia, Too! 

Although dyslexia is characterized by amazing strengths and weaknesses, and exists as a spectrum, most people (including 85% of teachers) still identify dyslexia incorrectly as an intellectual disability (Headstrong Nation).  This stigma of dyslexia is unfortunate and continues to be detrimental.

We can do better!

If you have a child with dyslexia, please don’t immediately dismiss […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments|

Dyslexia in the News

A brief list of links to stories about dyslexia in the news.

Missouri offers financial help to children with dyslexia (Cassville Democrat)
Missouri amended Bryce’s Law this year to better assist children who have dyslexia.

“Bryce’s Law was initially written by State Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, R-St. Louis, in an effort to provide scholarships for families of autistic […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

CEO of learning disability mentor group pens book

“You must try harder.”

David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Slowly, he learned to embrace himself as a “different thinker,” and a new world opened.
We’re identifying kids faster, but we’re still […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|
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    Brainwave Testing Can Help Diagnose Dyslexia Before Kids Learn to Read

Brainwave Testing Can Help Diagnose Dyslexia Before Kids Learn to Read

In addition to making essential learning tasks difficult, dyslexia is problematic because it’s hard to predict what children will be affected before they learn to read. While dyslexia isn’t correlated with low IQ levels, poor education, or physical impairments, new research suggests the disorder could be diagnosed before kids even learn to read by analyzing their […]

By |September 10th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Neural Mechanisms in Dyslexia

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The discovery of a disruption in the neural systems serving reading has significant implications for the acceptance of dyslexia as a valid disorder—a necessary condition for its identification and treatment.  Brain-imaging findings provide, for the first time, convincing, irrefutable evidence that what has been considered a hidden disability is real, and these […]

By |September 9th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|
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    One Student’s Dyslexia Changed How a Community Views Learning

One Student’s Dyslexia Changed How a Community Views Learning

When Liz Woody’s son Mason was in third grade, he struggled to read basic words. After Woody moved Mason to a specialized school, she set out to transform techniques to reach struggling readers.

Liz had heard about a school called Odyssey that promised to reach students with dyslexia through their physical senses.  It didn’t matter […]

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