Weekly Roundup: Happy New Year & What Causes Dyscalculia?

 

Happy New Year From Dybuster!

I’m sure you are all ready to welcome in the New Year and have your resolutions lined up. At Dybuster we consider a holistic education as essential – as a life-accompanying development process, mentally, culturally, life-practical, personal and social. That is why we make the same resolution every year to keep contributing to the EdTech world and work towards a more progressive society after all the world’s most important cultural skills are reading, writing and maths.

Across the year reaching out to you, raising awareness of dyslexia and dyscalculia, collecting the best research possible and releasing it here on the Dybuster blog or on our dyscalculia blog.

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Weekly Roundup: Happy Holidays! & Effectiveness Of Video Games At Combating Dyslexia

Happy Holidays!

We are reaching the end of the 2017, it has been an exciting year for the awareness of learning difficulties and a lot of progress has been made! We have seen the rise of academics and professionals publicly announcing their learning difficulties, standing up to the stereotypes and in turn becoming inspirations for all those that were told academics was not for them. We have also seen workplaces open up to neurodiversity and change their thinking about the amazing range of talent they have been overlooking for so many years.

Even though it has been a good year progress is slow and we must remember that these changes can also change, so we must keep on raising awareness and helping each other!

Happy holidays to you all!

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia Fact K & From YouTube To University

Dyslexia Fact K: People With Dyslexia Are Often Creative

This week on Instagram we are on letter K in the Dyslexia Fact Alphabet! Fact K is that people with dyslexia are often creative; this is because they learn early to look at problems from multiple angles and use other skills to succeed. Working on small creative tricks to overcome challenges may help make them better prepared to solve problems, so creative thinking in a dyslexic person comes naturally as another way to get around their difficulties.

 

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Top 5 Dyscalculia Videos

This week we have searched high and low for the five best videos on dyscalculia and here they are!

 

1. My world without numbers – Line Rothmann

At number one we have the fantastic Tedx Talk from Line Rothmann. She has dyscalculia and tells us of what is like and what quirky systems she developed to get on in a world that is largely based on numbers.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia Is Very Treatable & New Eye Tracking Diagnosis

Dyslexia Is Very Treatable. So Why Aren’t We Helping More Kids?

This American article hits some points that are all to recognisable globally, such as dyslexia being widely recognised yet it can go undiagnosed and untreated. The wbur.org article goes on to explain that there is a disconnect between what we know about dyslexia and how we treat it as even when evaluations identify underlying language disorders consistent with dyslexia, the intervention is often not early enough, not appropriate, insufficiently individualised or intensive enough. This is an all too familiar story, but how do we change this?

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Ruskin Mill Trust

Re-imagining Potential

This week we have a guest post from the Ruskin Mill Trust a brilliant organisation who provide specialised bespoke teaching with a focus on practical skills as a form of therapeutic education. This form of education can be beneficial for those with a learning difficulty and certainly will help any student gain the self-confidence to find their place in the world.

‘The measure of success for a student at one of our Ruskin Mill Trust colleges is as wide and diverse as the range of issues and conditions experienced by the young people themselves.’

This is how Aonghus Gordon, the Founder and Executive Chair of Ruskin Mill Trust (RMT), introduced a recent talk about the Vision and Method of RMT, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education.

 Mr. Gordon described three short case studies to show something of the diverse range of outcomes achieved by students at RMT colleges. The first, a student who experiences elective mutism and who continues not to talk who has now learned to express herself confidently through various alternative means of communication. The second, related to a story of a young man who, before attending a RMT college, had been through a series of placement breakdowns and had been a serial non-attender. The student progressed to attending college daily and engaging well with his Study Programme despite always struggling to start the day on time. For the final case study, Mr. Gordon spoke about a student who began his course at a RMT college with no qualifications who has recently graduated from university.

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Weekly Roundup: Sight Words & What Teachers Need To Know.

Dyslexia Fact J: Dyslexics Often Struggle To Read Small “Sight” Words Such As “that,” “an,” “in.” 

Our Instagram post ‘Dyslexia Fact J’ touched on the subject on sight words. Sight words are very common small words and they have unusual spelling patterns and so cannot be sounded out using basic phonic knowledge and cannot be represented using pictures. So sight words are tricky things for a dyslexic and its good for anyone to memorise them by sight and sound, this is a subject we will be going into more depth with in the near future!

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