I’m Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’ — And How Brain Science Can Help
New research shows it’s possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain even before kids learn to read. And this earlier identification may start to substantially influence how parents, educators and clinicians tackle the disorder. More: http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/06/dyslexia-brain
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The Brain Science Behind Dyslexia
New research, by MIT and Children’s Hospital, is showing that it may be possible to detect the signs of dyslexia in kids’ brains well before they start learning to read. And that could allow parents and teachers to intervene earlier — maybe even preventing the humiliation and stress of failure. More: http://radioboston.wbur.org/2014/06/19/dyslexia-research
Dispelling Dyslexia Myths
While most believe that dyslexia simply involves spelling words backwards, Lori Melnitsky, director of All Island Speech & Learning, asserts that this learning disability is far more complex.
“Individuals with dyslexia do see things differently, but they do not see things backward,” she said. “Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder. It is the difficulty in processing language that causes problems with word recognition, reading comprehension and vocabulary development.”
Teachers Embrace Audiobooks for Dyslexia
There’s good news for students who learn differently and those who teach them. Learning Ally, a national nonprofit, is considered a critical resource by thousands of students across the country who have learning disabilities like dyslexia, blindness or visual impairment, and has the world’s largest library of human-narrated audio textbooks, more than 77,000 titles.
Actor and Author Henry Winkler shares his trials with dyslexia
As a dyslexic child, “you spend a third of your time trying to figure out school, a third of the time wondering why you can’t figure it out, and a third of your time covering up your shame and humiliation,” says Winkler, who has co-written 25 novels for children about a boy who has dyslexia, is funny, and gets in trouble.
Recent and Past Studies Showing More Males Have Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism (ASD) are Explained by Dr. Harold Levinson
In a recent study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 3x and 5x more males were recognized to have ADHD and Autism (ASD), respectively. And for decades, the reported ratios of males/females with dyslexia or LD have varied from 10/1 to 2/1.