Weekly roundup: Dyscalculia resource & conferences of 2017

Signs of dyscalculia – A useful resource outlining the important signs of dyscalculia.

We have released a free online resource made with Teachit Maths for teachers, professionals and for parents at home. The document highlights the 8 most common signs of dyscalculia and will help you to spot them as early as possible for the well-being of your child.

Download the PDF here for free (after registration)

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Upcoming Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and EdTech Conferences 2017

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Looking to connect with other dyslexia and dyscalculia therapists, educators, psychologists? Or wanting to exchange experiences with other parents of children with learning disabilities? There are a number of conferences coming up in 2017 focused on dyslexia and dyscalculia. Have a look at the list below!

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Weekly roundup: Reading & dyslexia, Events

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A new book on reading and dyslexia by Mark S. Seidenberg

In the newly published Language at the Speed of Sight Mark S. Seidenberg, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, discusses the science of reading and points out the disconnection between research and education. Seidenberg believes that the core of the problem lies within education. He emphasises that the way children are introduced to reading can create discrimination in economically poorer areas and even discourage reading completely from a younger age. This situation particularly affects children with reading disabilities such as dyslexia, as the difficulty to read is often misbelieved to be linked to the lack of hard work, rather than a physiological problem. The inability to read can lead to as far as illiteracy and should thus be addressed from the youngest age.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia

This week we focus on a new major discovery about learning difficulties and present the upcoming events of this month.

Headlines

Dyslexia: Major cause of learning difficulty may have been discovered by neuroscientists

The findings of the recent studies at the MIT confirm the already existing conclusions: in a case of a person affected by dyslexia or dyscalculia the functional specialisation of the frontal-parietal displacement does not take place or takes place at an irregular pace. Until recently, it was believed that the specialisation of this area of the brain, in this case, did not occur at all. In an article published by the Independent in late December 2016 Ian Johnson states that the brain of a person suffering from dyslexia differed in the capacity to recognise words and images that it repeatedly encountered.

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