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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 [...]

Comment on Therapeutic Options for Your Struggling Teen: A Simple Explanation by Tyler Jacobson

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:11:03 +0000

Great coverage of the school types. One thing I have noticed is that many parents quickly think that their teens behavior can be solved by the old methods of "boot camps" and "military schools" when a Therapeutic Boarding School is the best option. Here is another resource that can help clarify.

Comment on Misleading Headlines about Dyslexia Studies by Sanford

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:29:51 +0000

Kristy, I'll answer your last question, about IQ and LD. There are two answers: 1. Intelligence and dyslexia (and LD in general) are "uncoupled." Basically this means they aren't connected. You can have a lower, average or higher intelligence factor (IQ) and also have LDs. They aren't connected. And 2: IQ tests as good as they can be, don't necessarily depict intelligence. It can do a good job of demonstrating acquired knowledge and some problem solving ability. Is a slow reading but gifted plumber or sailor or electrician not intelligent? Or are our assessment tools limited?

Comment on “You’re Never Too Old to Have a Happy Childhood.” by Sanford

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:04:19 +0000

Glad you liked it Laur; it was my mom, though I think others have said similar.

Comment on ACLU Files ‘Groundbreaking’ Lawsuit Claiming Right To Learn To Read by lenore Grandizio

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:07:05 +0000

I have a 17 year old child with ADHD, language processing problems and dyslexia. Her non verbal IQ is average. You didn't mention if your child is receiving special education services. If not you have a right to have her evaluated. If she has a disability that interferes with her educational progress she has a legal right to services. LRE does not mean that they have to start with the least amount of services, it means she gets services in the environment closest to general education that giver she what she needs. If those services are not helping her progress and you have asked for a new CSE meeting and they have not recommended services you think will help, you can file for a due process meeting. At that point you might wish to hire an educational attorney. My daughter has attended a state approved special education private school since kindergarten. She never would have learned to decode without it or functioned in a classroom with her ADHD. She is now about to get a high school diploma. For those of you who talk about accountability, please know common core tests have no proof that they measure college or career readiness or even what a child knows. There is research that shows that they indicate how much money you have. In New York State (my state) and others, White and Asian children consistently score higher than children of color, children with disabilities and children with who are English Language learners. In other words, the test discriminates against certain groups. In addition even the SAT is not a predictor of college readiness, high school grade point average is. There was a recent study where they looked at kids with high SAT scores and low high school GPA and low SAT high high school GPA. The kids with a high GPA did fine, The kids with the low GPA didn't regardless of their high SAT scores. Accountability is code for closing schools for kids of color, putting in for profit charter schools benefiting hedge fund managers and other campaign donors. What children like the student with the reading disability need is appropriate assessment to determine the problem, research based techniques in the appropriate setting to help them and small classes which is on thing the research show consistently helps students. (not charter schools) Good uck to the parent with the child with a reading disability. I've been there.

Comment on Misleading Headlines about Dyslexia Studies by Kristy

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:29:08 +0000

I believe my 8 year old son to be dyslexic and I have for over 3 years and the school psychologists and IEP teachers basically blow me off when ever I bring it up. Everything I read online about dyslexia points me in that direction. Now my son will be 9 in a few days and is severely behind in reading and writing and still flips letters and numbers even in his own name, which he knows. They are telling me he has a low IQ so he can not have a learning disability, that a learning disability is someone with normal or high IQ, but still struggles. I just can not understand how his IQ can be accurately tested if he can not read well. He also struggles holding his pencil ( he holds it upside down, with the eraser away from him, like a left handed person) and they tested him and said he has eye tracking issues. They are suggesting he must be autistic, although they can not diagnose. However.... my son is very affectionate and talks all the time, he can sometimes be quite around some people, but not at all around people he knows. He also is able to learn, if for example he watches a documentary or youtube video on a subject. He also seems to do okay with match, with the exception of flipping numbers ( i.e. 41 becomes 14) For example he was on the phone with my mom and told her it was 901 today and tomorrow it will be 601, talking about the temperature. It was 109 and 106. I guess, I am wondering if someone has learning disabilities can they also have a low IQ or perhaps the IQ is not accurately assessed.

Comment on “You’re Never Too Old to Have a Happy Childhood.” by Laur Matheson

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:46:12 +0000

"You're never too old to have a hapy childhood." is so profound, I wish I had a particular person to credit. As a tribute to whomever, I'll simply print this article and post it beside my computer!

Comment on Fallacies of “Whole Language” by Richard

Sat, 23 May 2015 02:35:25 +0000

Right on Stephanie.

Comment on Fallacies of “Whole Language” by Steffanie

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:13:57 +0000

I've used those very same strategies to SUPPORT phonics instruction. I've also seen them used in Reading-Recovery based programs, which integrate phonics and whole language strategies. In the words of Pat Cunningham, no one method of reading can reach ALL learners, so in my experience mutlimethod, multilevel instruction is most effective, including for dyslexic and other readers with LD's.

Comment on Confusion about Confusion: Do Dyslexics Really Not Know their Left from Right? by Wen

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:31:39 +0000

Well, same as Sherri. Was googling what cause a person who didn't know their left and right. Then bump into this website. I didn't know I have such problem until my partner keep laughing at me for not knowing my left and right. In the beginning I laugh it off but recently I feel quite disturbing. Searching around for answers and try a few free dyslexia test n I guess I have this serious issue. Now, thinking back when I was young I can never pass my spelling or dictation. Till a point I have to use a huge drawing paper to learn all my 10spelling. I have to study extreme hard for any theory class even till now. Hands on will not be a problem to let at all. I can never write in a straight line, I talk loudly which I do not even know till my partner was asking why am I shouting. Also I have difficult time reading and understand a passage most important I can missed a few words when reading. I also find myself having difficulties to express myself and recently had a very bad short term memory. At work, I sometimes find it a difficult to read properly in the emails. Or a hundred emails I could missed reading it. My manager sometimes questions me why I didn't know my products. Eg. DP credit Bureau report, I read it as DP credit rating report. After reading most of the stories here and the signs make me think do I have dyslexia.

Comment on Fallacies of “Whole Language” by Sanford

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:53:18 +0000

Richard. I had a very different reaction obviously. I have such little tolerance for the state of teacher education at the university level. They're still teaching guessing as a primary strategy. I think her writing does a good job of poking holes where needed. I agree that looking at pictures is actually a good thing. It's just, in the context of how teachers are taught to teach, not teaching reading. It's teaching picture interpretation. Your point of reading being a means to an end is well taken and I agree. However from my experience, teaching systematic code work (phonics, and morphology) is a primary tool that gets you to a better position of having reading be a means to an end. So, I don't think her issue, or mine frankly, is decoding being the end game. Certainly not. It gives independence and allows thought and interpretation and interest to be freed up. But, it's not either or situation. It's clear also that choosing interesting literature in areas of interest is vital. I wish there were more pictures , cartoons, graphics and the like in books.

Comment on Fallacies of “Whole Language” by Richard

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 03:50:55 +0000

"Well, if we are looking at the picture, how is that actually teaching reading? It is actually teaching guessing based on the picture. That isn’t reading and it certainly is not decoding. It certainly isn’t creating reading independence." First of all, that paragraph undermines their credibility, it's poorly written. Who is "we?" The teacher or the student? Looking at a picture isn't teaching reading; it's a useful way for a struggling reader to get some context. I think their post sounds like another group of rigid phonics Nazis who are defending a set of ideas that they have a huge amount invested in. Reading is a means, not an end. Their entire post sets reading and reading independence up as ends in themselves. Why would anyone want to learn to read let alone struggle to learn to read unless they wanted to read something? The "something" is the end, not the reading. People don't read books to exercise their decoding skills, they read books to enjoy the thoughts of authors. Written language, and the ability to navigate it, is the means to that end.