Our Top 5 Posts on Dyslexia

searching for words: what to call dyslexiaFor this week’s post we went back into the blog archives to find our content on dyslexia that has proved most useful to our readers. We’d like to share these articles here as the ones that, going by popularity and response in the comments, resonate the most with our audience. Thank you for reading!

1. Searching for words: what to call dyslexia

This post provoked some interesting discussion in the comments section. We asked readers what they thought of referring to dyslexia as a learning disability vs. a learning difference.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia, Edtech

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Non-profit Learning Ally surfaced in the news this week on abc.com with a story on Learning Ally’s audio book program. The books are used by dyslexic children to improve their reading skills.

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What Is Multi-Sensory Learning?

Multi-sensory learning with shapes, color, touch

If you’ve spent any time reading up on interventions for learning disabilities then you have probably come across the term multi-sensory learning. The phrase pops up fairly often in descriptions of dyslexia therapies, for example. But what exactly is multi-sensory learning, other than a buzzword? Read on to find out.

We absorb information in many different ways. Sometimes we learn by seeing, such as when we read a text. Or we may learn by hearing, as when a teacher explains a lesson to us.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia

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U.S. Senate education committee hearing. Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education.

U.S. Senate education committee hearing. Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education. Source: senate.gov. 10 May 2016.

On 10 May the U.S. Senate held an education committee hearing on Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & EducationThe hearing included testimony from experts on dyslexia, including Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center For Dyslexia And Creativity. You can view video coverage of the hearing on the senate.gov website.

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Dyslexia: After the Diagnosis

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Looking for guidance? Check out these resources for what to do after a dyslexia diagnosis.

If you or your child have just been diagnosed with dyslexia, the first question you might ask is: “So now what?”

We’ve put together a list of online resources that can help guide you through the post-diagnosis phase. Ready? Let’s start the journey:

Quick overview

If you need some quick guidance on what to expect and what steps to take, have a look this resource from UnderstoodMy Child Was Just Diagnosed With Dyslexia. Now What?

The article takes the reader through ten steps on what do after a child has been diagnosed with dyslexia. From exploring therapies to liaising with schools to how to talk to the child herself, the article provides concrete tips on these and more issues.

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Weekly Roundup: Edtech, Dyslexia

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Edtech for pre-schoolers? Sesame Workshop and IBM are teaming up to produce just that, as reported by TechCrunch.

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Educational Technology for Learning Disabilities: Dybuster LinkedIn Discussion Group

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Looking for discussion and debate on educational topics? Like to keep up-to-date on educational technology? Or maybe you want to share your knowledge and experiences regarding learning differences?

We’ve launched a LinkedIn discussion group to addresses all of these needs and more. With new members added weekly, we hope the group will provide information and resources, professional networking, and food for thought.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia

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Dybuster dyslexia news headlines and resourcesA new law passed in Virginia will require teachers to complete awareness training on dyslexia in order to receive or renew a teaching license. The Department of Education will offer the training. The bill also requires teacher training programs in Virginia to “convey information on the identification of students at risk for learning disabilities, including dyslexia”, according to this official summary.

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Dybuster User Studies: How Effective is Orthograph?

Dybuster‘s software Orthograph was developed in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The principles behind the software came from neuroscience and computer science. An important part of the development process was rigorous user testing: how well did the software actually work? Did Orthograph really help dyslexics improve their spelling and reading.

First case study

The first study on Dybuster software was published in 2007. Eighty children between the ages of nine and eleven took part in the study, which was led by neuropsychologists Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke and Prof. M. Meyer. The participants included both children with dyslexia and children without.

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