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: Dyscalculia & The Need For Augmented Reality In Education

Dyscalculia By Any Other Name…

Dyscalculia is often mislabelled as dyslexia in math even though this nickname is inaccurate. While they can occur together and share some brain-based weaknesses such as poor working memory, the connection between them has not been defined. This article takes you through where the name dyscalculia comes from and why it is important we use it.

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Weekly Roundup: Dybuster Calcularis & Dyscalculia

Have you tried Dybuster’s Calcularis?

Last week we shared on social media the introduction video to Dybuster’s Calcularis, it was so popular that it’s here again in the weekly roundup! Calcularis is Dybuster’s mathematics learning software developed in collaboration with neuroscientists and computer scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Promoting the development and coordination of areas of the brain responsible for processing numbers, amounts and mathematical tasks and can be used from the first year of school up to adulthood.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & EdTech

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

This article is a favourite of ours as it guides you through everything you should need to know to recognise the symptoms of dyslexia in yourself or in a child and how to get a real diagnosis. Understanding how much technology can help you or your child with dyslexia is key, as the majority of these technologies are widely and instantly available and on occasion free.

To find out how EdTech can help click here.

Maths Apps and Aids, Tools and Tutoring

As we highlighted in the text above technology can help with learning difficulties like dyslexia, this article covers what Apps and Aids, Tools and Tutoring are helpful for those with mathematical difficulties, such as those with dyscalculia. The article is concluded with a great list of resources!

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In the weeks coming we will be releasing a new article listing resources helpful for those with math difficulties / dyscalculia who are on their way to High School or at High School Level.

 

Top 5 Dyslexia Ted Talks

1. Aditi Shankardass – A Second Opinion On Learning Disorders

Aditi Shankardass looks at developmental disorders in children, which are typically diagnosed through the observation of the child’s behaviour. She suggests that it is necessary to not stop there and also study brain reactions. She tells a story of misdiagnosis and how correcting these have transformed children’s lives.

 

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Greater Manchester Dyslexia Workshop

Last week we were part of a very exciting workshop in Manchester, hosted by Roger Broadbent from the Dyslexia Institute UK. The workshop was full of exciting ideas on how to help people who struggle with dyslexia in the Greater Manchester area and beyond. Dybuster was invited to the event to talk about our software Calcularis, software aimed at challenging the difficulties that come with dyscalculia and mathematical anxieties. We spoke about the lesser-known learning difficulty dyscalculia, the problems that come with it in everyday life and how Calcularis can be used to help overcome it.

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Weekly Roundup: Greater Manchester Dyslexia Workshop & Augmented Reality

Greater Manchester Dyslexia Workshop

Last week we were part of a very exciting workshop in Manchester, hosted by Roger Broadbent from the Dyslexia Institute UK. The workshop was full of exciting ideas on how to help people who struggle with dyslexia in the Greater Manchester area and beyond. Dybuster was invited to the event to talk about our software Calcularis and the lesser-known learning difficulty dyscalculia. Claro Software, Lexable and Matchware also joined us; it was a great pleasure to hear them speak about their programs and what they can do for those with dyslexia. There will be a full article released later this week about the day’s events, conversations and the EdTech that was presented to us.

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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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Back to School Hints & Tips

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Millions of children are heading back to school, but what are they doing to prepare themselves for those first weeks back? We at Dybuster are here to help with a few hints and tips to get your child over the anxiety and back into the full swing of things.

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How Do iPads And Tablets Affect Children’s Development?

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Now this is a heavy question on a lot of parents and educator’s minds, children now more than ever have access to screens, how is this affecting the development of skills of the younger generations? There have been similar fears throughout history of the dangerous impacts of technology on learning, one such panic was that the invention of the printing press (C. 1440), which made books and information widely available was thought to ruin people’s minds! In fact these worries are as old as time itself, with each generation reimagining the risky influence of technology on mind and brain. Socrates famously warned against writing because it would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories.”

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