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Comment on Is Special Education Labeling Helpful or Prejudicial and Damaging? by Richard

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:09:25 +0000

I went to Fieldstone Lower School in New York until 6th grade and it had a language training program and an innovative curriculum aimed at students like me. I'm not sure how much good it did but it did less harm than a public school might have done. Junior and high school were both horrors, I did very poorly and got little support. I didn't really learn how to read and study until I got to college. The label "dyslexic" was only meaningful at Fieldstone, after that it had no meaning in the schools I was at. Remember, I'm 66 so it was another time.



Comment on Is Special Education Labeling Helpful or Prejudicial and Damaging? by Sanford

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:39:39 +0000

Richard, thanks. You hit it right on the head when you said, "I was “labelled” very early in my life and I can’t say that it did me a lot of good. However, the thought of not having that label to explain the difficulty I had with reading and writing is troublesome." It's a terrible comparison for obvious reasons, but getting labelled "hypoglycemic" (a physical condition) won't necessarily lead to the right solutions, both lifestyle and other adaptations) depending upon who's giving the health advice and yet, without the label, there's no chance of understanding why one's tired or irritable or whatever the effects. I'm curious as to whether there were any differences between how you were treated or felt about the term dyslexic in elementary versus junior high or high school?



Comment on Is Special Education Labeling Helpful or Prejudicial and Damaging? by Richard

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:27:58 +0000

It's a great question and I too think labels have both good and bad effects on people. A good effect might be helping a person understand the difference between their intelligence and their learning issue. A problem effect might be that not all people with dyslexia (for example) are the same but the "dyslexia" label might lead to being treated like every other person with dyslexia a teacher has ever experienced. I was "labelled" very early in my life and I can't say that it did me a lot of good. However, the thought of not having that label to explain the difficulty I had with reading and writing is troublesome.



Comment on Dyslexia: When Learning to Read in your Native Language is a little like Learning A Second Language by Richard

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 21:39:31 +0000

I take it this excellent post is you, Sandy, and you’re in Central America struggling with Spanish. Indeed, you’re now experiencing something similar to what us dyslexics feel. However, you already know a language, and you already know you’re smart. Imagine you were struggling like that with your first language and that that struggle made you feel slow and less than smart. I would love to learn a second language and I know it’s possible, but when many foreign language classes are based on the structure of English and I’m weak there, it gives me pause. Have fun, keep on reporting, it’s interesting reading.



Comment on Dyslexia: When Learning to Read in your Native Language is a little like Learning A Second Language by Sanford

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:48:35 +0000

Richard, yes it's me. And I'm so out of web blogging shape that I didn't sign my name originally to this post. Glad you're paying attention. You said: "However, you already know a language, and you already know you’re smart. Imagine you were struggling like that with your first language and that that struggle made you feel slow and less than smart." Yes, for sure. That's what I was getting at when I said, "I’m pretty accustomed to looking at language from a structural point of view. and perhaps somewhat talented in learning language." and, "The other reality is this: I’m in a class where all my classmates are in the same boat. So, though I don’t like the feeling of not knowing, my peer group can relate. We’re all in need of occasional life preservers. more time, explicit instruction, and compassion and empathy from each other. And "When you’re feeling like you’re the only one, as most kids with dyslexia feel, it’s a lonely and shaming place to be." Now that I'm mostly retired, I have time to put in for this site that you started so very long ago :). And while the technical stuff backstage is still a bit daunting for me, I've got more time now and know there's still plenty of need. Hope all's well with you.



Comment on Public Charter School for Students with Dyslexia by Sanford

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:55:15 +0000

Rhonda, here's a recent news clip that indicates the school's previous "poor showing" may have been the result of a need to judge student performance more appropriately than the state had done previously. Baton Rouge Dyslexia Charter School



Comment on Public Charter School for Students with Dyslexia by Sanford

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:49:16 +0000

Rhonda, the school appears to be open http://lakeyacademy.com but check into it carefully: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/article_e583b4f2-bbe1-11e6-8add-e30dc63ccb46.html



Comment on Public Charter School for Students with Dyslexia by Rhonda saucier

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 01:33:18 +0000

Has this school been open. I see this post is from 2012.



Comment on Fallacies of “Whole Language” by Mary Ann Reilly

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:12:36 +0000

Looking at the picture in beginning readers is a way to access semantic meaning. Teaching students to then check the first letter of the word (Cross checking behavior) is not guessing but rather, being strategic.



Comment on Dyslexia and Autism: Differing Ends of Brain Connector Spectrum by Sanford

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:30:36 +0000

Good point. I would imagine some folks get to big picture thinking in different ways. For some, the may be their initial starting point from which to ponder the details and for others, perhaps the reverse.



Comment on Dyslexia and Autism: Differing Ends of Brain Connector Spectrum by Intuitives: how much are you aware of your physical surrounding/environment? - Page 2

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:27:59 +0000

[...] I don't know if this has anything to do with being an Intuitive, but it could. I have dyslexia. LD Resources » Blog Archive » Dyslexia and Autism: Differing Ends of Brain Connector Spectrum For the record, dyslexics favor long connectors indicating an easier time with big picture and [...]



Comment on Dyslexia and Autism: Differing Ends of Brain Connector Spectrum by Understanding the difference in N vs S communication - Page 3

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 18:01:31 +0000

[...] dyslexic's need the big picture before we can understand the details. I'm still a concrete thinker. LD Resources » Blog Archive » Dyslexia and Autism: Differing Ends of Brain Connector Spectrum " Fascinating article about some key differences in the brain structures of people with dyslexia [...]