Dyslexia is a learning disorder that results in reading and writing difficulties. Dyslexia is found in populations around the world but rates can be particularly high in countries where the written language uses irregular spelling or features combinations of letters with different sound possibilities. English is full of these combinations (such as the ou in cough and through) as well as different spellings that all make the same sound (such as the o sound in stole, coal, and bowl). It is estimated that 15% of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia.
This week we have researched which of our blog posts on dyslexia have proved most helpful to readers. We would like to share our top 5 picks based on number of visits and what search terms led readers to a specific post, which tells us a bit about what information the readers were looking for.
Our top post is our ever evolving list of conferences throughout 2017. The list is not just for professionals working in education or in researching learning difficulties, Edtech and neurodiversity, but also for parents and those who have such learning difficulties to attend to get to hear from a range of professionals on the subjects. So please take a look and find out what is happening near you.
If you know of a conference, we haven’t yet listed please do get in touch and we will add it to the list!
In at number two: The Dyslexic Professor. This article covered how the academic Nigel Lockett spoke out about his dyslexia and the struggles he overcame with his determination to be a professor and how speaking out about it has helped break the taboo on dyslexic academics and professionals.
This post comes to us from a wonderful guest author John Hicks from Sprint Plus a great resource for dyslexic readers and writers. His article covers his personal experience as a parent and his daughter’s struggles with reading, writing, the challenges of higher education and the emotional roller coaster that comes with it.
One of our very earliest posts is in at number four! This article covers the benefits of using Dybuster Orthograph. The software was developed around the concept of a link between dyslexia and the difficulty in mapping spoken language to written language.
The article takes you through what a phonological deficit looks like and how Orthograph creates a way for the brain to overcome it and of course most importantly the article shows the results from people using the software and their progress in comparison to those who did not use the program. To read more click here.
This post highlights the need for more acceptance of dyslexia in the academic world, just like number two with The Dyslexic Professor who also express concerns over the taboo of an academic with learning difficulties. Also in the post we celebrate the career of the arguable most famous dyslexic in the world: Richard Branson taking the story from when he launched his first magazine Student when he was just 16! In a later post we cover how he had released his own dyslexia charity called: Made by Dyslexia which focuses on how dyslexia has made some of the most creative people throughout contemporary history and how it should not be treated as a disability, but more as an ability.