Dybuster’s Top 5 Blog Posts on Dyslexia

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.

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Make dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia testing free on the NHS.

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An important step has been taken by British citizens who started a petition aiming to make dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia testing free on the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.

Today a cost of such test costs around £500, which is not affordable for many British families. While schools may help with the costs of a test if they believe one is necessary, they are not obliged to do so. Therefore many young British children are not diagnosed at a young age, leading them to have difficulties while learning, feeling discouraged and in some cases being bullied by their classmates.

Diagnosing learning disabilities at an early age needs to be a national goal and would help many children and avoid mental health issues in the future.

If you are eligible, please don’t to forget to sign the petition here.

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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: Edtech, Dyslexia

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Headlines

Last week we mentioned the EdSurge meetup in San Francisco, which focused on edtech and promoting equality in education. This week’s headline from the EdWeek blog touches both of those topics, in this article on teachers in high-poverty schools being likely to have less confidence using edtech. The findings are the results of a survey that included 700 teachers of similar demographics and experience levels.

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Weekly Roundup: Edtech, Dyslexia

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Headlines

EdSurge hosted an edtech meetup in San Francisco last week where the main topic of discussion was how to promote equity in education.

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Weekly roundup: resources for dyslexia, dyscalculia

resources for dyslexia and dyscalculia

Resources for dyslexia and dyscalculia

This week’s roundup focuses on resources for both dyslexia and dyscalculia. We hope you find them useful! Please feel free to share your own favorite resources in the comments.

Books on dyslexia

We asked readers for their favorite books on dyslexia, wanting to know what reading material could be helpful for dyslexics or parents and teachers of dyslexics. Twitter follower Infinite Me came through with a recommendation for The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide, Fernette Eide, calling the book “an inspiring read”.

What books have you read on dyslexia or dyscalculia that you found useful or inspiring? Leave a comment and let us and other readers know!

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Upcoming dyslexia and dyscalculia conferences 2016

Upcoming conferences on dyslexia and dyscalculia

Conferences provide a way to connect with other learning differences professionals or with fellow parents of children with dyslexia or dyscalculia.

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 2016 focused on dyslexia and dyscalculia. For more information have a look at the list below.

The Dyslexia Guild Annual Summer Conference: 29/30 June

Coming up soon in Hertfordshire in the U.K.: the annual summer conference organized by Dyslexia Action. Intended for educators, the conference aims to introduce the most recent research on language development and to provide information on specialist topics such as assistive technology.

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Weekly roundup: dyslexia

Headlines

The very first Asia Pacific Dyslexia Festival & Symposium (APDF) will take place in Yokohama on June 11 and 12, according to this article in the Japan Times. The author Louise George Kittaka, based in Japan for years and with three children in the Japanese school system, asserts that dyslexia is neither well understood or supported in general by Japanese educators.

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Weekly roundup: dyslexia

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Headlines

Two encouraging headlines popped up the news this week. Nicole Marlene Ruth Nonis, a 16 year old student from Singapore with dyslexia and ADHD, was featured in The New Paper for winning the Ace Teen Award. The article details Nonis’ struggles with her learning disorders and her academic and personal accomplishments despite these. Read more.

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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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