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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. Source: Wikicommons.

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. Source: Wikicommons.

People.com ran an oft-shared article this week featuring none other than Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. The reason? The prince is dyslexic and spoke up for those with the learning difference by saying nothing makes him sadder…

than when someone’s considered stupid because of their dyslexia.”

The prince is patron of the Dyslexia Association of Sweden. Read more.

Resources

Dyslexia Help over at the University of Michigan website has this great resource: a listing of apps for dyslexia and learning disabilities. Browse through this vetted collection of applications that can help students with dyslexia. If you try any please come back and report your favorites in the comments!

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Early Intervention for Dyslexia

A growing body of evidence is pointing to the importance of early intervention for children with dyslexia.

Researchers at Boston’s Children Hospital conducted a study on how early differences in brain development can be observed in dyslexic children. The results? Those differences start to show up in children as young as six months. These results fall in with other findings, such as this study from researchers at U.C. Davis and Yale, that recommend early intervention for children with dyslexia.

dybuster: early intervention for dyslexiaThe Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity provides guidance on noticing the signs of dyslexia in young children. Our list of symptoms also includes things to watch for in the language and reading development of younger students.

The longer intervention is delayed the harder it can be for a dyslexic child to catch up with peers in reading level. This account from Homeschooling with Dyslexia provides a personal account of the author’s dyslexic son who did not receive early intervention and who thereby faced a harder struggle than did his siblings who also have dyslexia.

From around the age of nine, children can benefit from using intervention software such as the programs developed by Dybuster. For younger children, the article from Homeschooling with Dyslexia provides a few suggestions for intervention, and so does this more scientific article from the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.

Do you have experience with intervention for young children with dyslexia? Share your knowledge with other readers in the comments or over on our Facebook page or Twitter.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia, EdTech

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Steven Spielberg. Source: Wikicommons.

Steven Spielberg. Source: Wikicommons.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has made an appearance on this blog before. His name popped up in the news recently as he was awarded the presidential medal of freedom last week. Spielberg has spoken publicly about his dyslexia, opening up about his feelings of being different and providing inspiration and encouragement to others with dyslexia.

Spielberg was honored along with Barbra Streisand and other luminaries in fields ranging from science to politics to environmental activism. Read the Guardian’s article on the ceremony for more details.

Resources

Looking to discover new technology for learning and teaching? Have a look at edshelf.com, a discovery engine that focuses on apps, websites, and software for learning. Members can curate collections (“shelves”) of tools they think are interesting or that they recommend for use, such as this collection of reading tools put together by a technology coach.

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Dybuster Orthograph Featured on Acapela Blog

People express themselves in so many ways: through the clothes they wear, their taste in music and television shows, and, very importantly, the words they use. Our vocabulary makes up an intrinsic part of who we are. There are the words we use with our family, the words we use at school, and the words we use for work. This mix of words is unique to each individual.

When we developed Orthograph it was important to us that students with dyslexia could practice not just standard vocabulary but their own words. We wanted them to be able to build lists of the words necessary to them in all areas of their lives. The program allows dyslexics to build those lists and then reads the words back so they can be practiced.

The voices behind the words are provided by Acapela. The Acapela blog ran an article featuring Dybuster Orthograph last week and we’d like to share the article with our readers. You can read the article here or try Orthograph for yourself on our website.

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