How Technology Can Help (And Trouble) Workers With Dyslexia

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Between 5% and 12%of Europeans have dyslexia or an associated learning disorder, and for those who live with it, dyslexia continues to affect us in adulthood. Technology can be used to help children with dyslexia to work with their condition and develop ways to read and write. But unlike today’s dyslexic youth, adults with dyslexia don’t have any assistive technology specifically designed for them. In today’s online world, the space given by online communication and the speed at which online work-based communication happens can both help and hinder dyslexic adults. While word processors, spell-checkers, and online workspaces can benefit dyslexic adults, it can sometimes be overwhelming to receive information as quickly as it’s given in the ‘information age’.

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Weekly Roundup: Adults With Mathematical Learning Difficulties

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Helping Adults With Mathematical Learning Difficulties

This is a wonderful guest post from educator Sarah Jarvis on the Dyscalculia Blog. Sarah covers a topic on which it can be difficult to find in-depth information: adult math learning difficulties. This is a great flaw as we found on twitter this week most of us were not diagnosed with dyscalculia or maths learning difficulties until after 20 years old!

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This Weeks Top Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Events

Enabling Inclusive and Accessible Workplace Strategies

September 20th @ 9:45 am3:00 pm

“Enabling Inclusive and Accessible Workplace Strategies” will be a conference providing HR, Customer Services Professionals and Business Managers with guidance on how to make a Disability Confident workplace, what provisions are available to support disabled employees and thereby how to promote corporate social responsibility. Consider how your organisation can remove physical, cultural and digital accessibility barriers that will also generate improvements for external stakeholders and customers.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia Facts & EdTech in Developing Countries

Dyslexia Fact Y: Dyslexics have excellent comprehension of the stories read or told them.

Despite having difficulty with the use and processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, as well as alphabetic letters representing speech sounds, dyslexics are generally great at understanding storylines.
We have been posting the alphabet of dyslexia facts on our Instagram account for some time now and we are about to reach the final fact, fact Z, so stay tuned and follow us on Instagram here.

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On Your Marks, Get Set, School!

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Ready, Set, Go! Get Ready for the School Start

The summer holidays are sadly coming to an end. The adventurous days with family and friends, the long summer evenings outdoors and the enjoyable sleep in the next morning have made the last few weeks really great. So that nothing stands in the way of a successful re-entry into the school life, we have some tips for you.

Organisation, Organisation, Organisation!

Pencils sharpened, coloured pencils, ruler and protractor are ready, the first day of school is here! A new classroom, schoolbooks and unknown faces – a new school year always brings some changes and some challenges. The best way to support your child is to ensure that everything is prepared and organised to allow the first days to run as smoothly as possible.

Step one: Make sure that they have the necessary school supplies.

Step two: Clarify when any extracurricular activities take place and hang up the new timetable in a visible place in your home.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyscalculia and the Brain & Physical Exercise and ADHD

Dyscalculia And The Brain

This guest article by Dr. Karin Kucian, the associate professor at the Centre for MR-Research at the Zurich University Children’s Hospital, got a lot of attention on our social media platforms. Even though the article was first published in 2016, it remains an essential piece of information today. In the article, Dr. Kucian explored how the change in brain functions and anatomy relate to developmental dyscalculia from a neuro-scientifical perspective. Follow the link if you haven’t read it yet.

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Weekly Roundup: Developmental Dyscalculia & Dyslexics are not Dumb!

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What is Developmental Dyscalculia?

Developmental dyscalculia is the most common version of the learning difficulty and affects 5-6% of the school-aged population. This article covers the genetic and environmental causes and what interventions can be used to help manage the condition.

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Developmental Dyscalculia

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What is Developmental Dyscalculia?

Developmental dyscalculia can be either genetic or environmental and even an interaction of the two. It is a specific learning disability that affects the normal acquisition of arithmetic skills. It is equally common in boys and girls and impacts on 5-6% of the population.

Genetic Causes

Genetic causes include known genetic disorders such as Turner’s syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Velocardiofacial syndrome, Williams syndrome. In addition studies suggest that there are genes present in the general population which increase the risk of dyscalculia.

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Weekly Roundup: Signs of Dyscalculia & Back to School (For Teachers)

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Signs & Symptoms of Dyscalculia

This article simply runs us through what signs and symptoms we can all look out for in our children or even ourselves. It is a very handy list, which I probably should make into a lovely infographic chart (coming soon).

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Weekly Roundup: Calcularis Learning Games & Dyscalculia Awareness

Tracking progress in Calcularis. Parents, teachers, and students can easily see how far a child has come in developing math skills.

Tracking progress in Calcularis. Parents, teachers, and students can easily see how far a child has come in developing math skills.

Calcularis Learning Games: Helping to Solve Dyscalculia

This week Dybuster’s Calcularis appeared on Wikipedia’s dyscalculia page in the treatments section! If you want to find out why Calcularis has such a success rate, click here or alternatively click here for a free trial.

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