What is Dyslexia and how can Technology Help with its Symptoms?

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that results in reading and writing difficulties. Dyslexia is found in populations around the world, however 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.

Dyslexic people have chronic difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling. Despite being bright and motivated, a child with dyslexia will have great difficulty making connections between spoken and written language. Dyslexics may be intelligent and creative people but suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety brought on by their learning disability.

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How Soon Should You Start Reading With Your Child?

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You can’t start early enough

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics you can’t start early enough! Reading with a child in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before the start of school.

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Top 5 Myths of Dyscalculia & Dyslexia

http://guillellano.com/All kids who reverse their b’s & d’s or their numbers have dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Failure to read or do maths is often more to do with the nature of teaching rather than the nature of the child. A child will not develop dyslexia or dyscalculia because he has trouble reading.

Multi-sensory exercises can help struggling students to strengthen their brain activity, but this will not cure their dyslexia or dyscalculia.

It is also not a dietary problem. No amount of healthy green juices, or other wholesome foods will reverse the conditions, but that does not mean you can eat unhealthily! In fact a healthy diet can improve your concentration and may help you control the conditions, so keep eating those greens, its and seeds!

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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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