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 […]

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Neural Mechanisms in Dyslexia

Research Finding Summary
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 […]

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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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Brain exercises for your kids? Beware the claims.

Computerized “brain training” programs marketed at young children make impressive claims—that they can help children learn better, that they improve children’s focus and memory, and that they can help children succeed in school.
Scientific evidence suggests that these claims are premature. Read the full article.

For children with dyslexia that have issues with working memory, such programs are unlikely to […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos

As with all high level tasks, your brain generalizes simple, component parts (like turning letters into words and words into sentences) so it can focus on more complex tasks (like combining sentences into complex ideas). “We don’t catch every detail, we’re not like computers or NSA databases,” said psychologist Tom Stafford, who studies typos of the University of Sheffield […]

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Author wants to fight shaming of dyslexia

You must try harder.

Growing up in Atlanta, David Flink heard those words repeatedly — from his teachers, his father and others — as he struggled with dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Slowly he learned to embrace himself as a “different thinker” — and a new world opened.

Today, up to 1 in 5 children and adults […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Artist Overcomes Dyslexia: Creates Art to Inspire Everyone

These stories never get old: Artist Overcomes Dyslexia: Creates Art to Inspire Everyone. But how the media frames them is so old, it is moldy.

Time and time again, these inspirational stories try to tell us that great things happen despite dyslexia. We would like to suggest that great things happen because of dyslexia.

The brain difference that causes dyslexia […]

Jack Hatch: Early Dyslexia Identification Important

Jack Hatch, the Democratic candidate for governor in Iowa, speaks to the importance of proper identification, early intervention, and how dyslexia played into his own success.

“It’s really because I’m a product of early intervention and being a person that had an educator for a mother. I could tell you with absolutely certainty that if […]

By |August 14th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Successful Entrepreneurs Likely to be Dyslexic

According to a study by Dr. Julie Logan, Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School, successful entrepreneurs are five times more likely to be dyslexic.

Some of those successes with the dyslexic brain difference include Sir Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea, and now joining them, teen dynamo, Ollie Forsyth.

Most kids with […]

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