Skip to content

What is Dyslexia?

In my last post I discussed the myths surrounding dyslexia. This week I would like to discuss what we know about dyslexia. As I shared in my last post, there are over 30 years of well-documented research on dyslexia. The Connecticut Longitudinal Study is one such study. It began in 1978 and followed 445 children beginning in kindergarten, according to Sally Shaywitz, M.D. in¬†Overcoming Dyslexia. There are international organizations, such as the International Dyslexia Association that share information to educate teachers and parents on dyslexia. So, what is dyslexia? Dyslexia… Read more What is Dyslexia?

Common Myths About Dyslexia

There are many common myths about dyslexia. These myths can be damaging to students and adults with dyslexia. It is understandable that parents may be confused as to what dyslexia is. However, it is alarming that some of these myths come from professional educators. I still remember, about four years ago, I was in the process of applying for accomodations for a high school student when I contacted the high school special education director. She was a highly educated (working on her PhD.), well-loved, and highly regarded teacher in her… Read more Common Myths About Dyslexia

Early Intervention

Most teachers and parents delay evaluating students for dyslexia, or other learning disabilities, because they think children will outgrow whatever reading and spelling difficulties they have. This is not true. The Connecticut Longitudinal Study demonstrated that 3 out of 4 students who struggle with reading and spelling in elementary school, continue to struggle as they get older. By high school, these students’ difficulties can no longer be overlooked. Without early identification and early intervention, these students will continue to struggle into adulthood. Early intervention programs should be researched based and… Read more Early Intervention

Assistive Technology-Organizational & Study Tools

In my third, and final, blog on assistive technology, I would like to talk about organizational and study tools. With dyslexia and other learning disabilities, it can be difficult for students to stay organized and have organized study tools. In fact, many dyslexics also have ADD or ADHD. Providing technology the help these students stay organized and study will provide opportunities for them to become independent and successful. Electronic graphic organizers allow students to organize information visually while taking notes, studying for tests, or writing essays. These are accessible for… Read more Assistive Technology-Organizational & Study Tools

Assistive Technology-Writing

Last week I talked about using assistive technology to help students with learning disabilities read. Through audiobooks or text to speech apps, the written word is made enjoyable for people who would otherwise avoid it. This opens the door for these students to gain information and higher levels of knowledge. Another area that students with Dyslexia or other learning disabilities struggle with is writing. Writing can be so cumbersome and problematic for students that they are unable to take notes or get their thoughts down on paper. There are many… Read more Assistive Technology-Writing

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is essential for students with learning differences. As parents, it is very important to research and find which apps will help our child the most. There are many free apps that are geared for students with learning differences. For Dyslexia, audiobooks and text-to-speech software gives students independence and confidence that they never had before. Assistive technology is not a crutch! It is not cheating! It gives students access to higher levels of information that they would miss out on otherwise. As an example, after receiving a diagnosis of… Read more Assistive Technology

Some Warning Signs of Dyslexia

There are many misconceptions regarding Dyslexia, so it is important as parents and teachers to understand what Dyslexia is. Dyslexics share common characteristics, but no two are exactly alike. It is difficult as a parent when you know your child is very intelligent, yet they struggle with spelling and reading. We see their strengths in sports, music, art, science, and math. We may read to them every night, saturate them with the written word, and see that they have high vocabularies. Yet, they still struggle with spelling and reading. This… Read more Some Warning Signs of Dyslexia