Diagnosis:Dyslexia – A Parent’s Initial Reaction

What was your initial reaction when you first heard the diagnosis, “your child is dyslexic?” Were you at last relieved to have “dyslexia” attached to his academic struggles OR were you still reluctant to believe that anything was wrong with his school performance that extra tutoring wouldn’t help? It’s true that some parents continue to …

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Dyslexia Fact: Responding Enthusiastically to Instruction

Dyslexia Fact: Responding Enthusiastically to Instruction

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity shared an informative article entitled “Setting People Straight about Dyslexia.” Among the “facts” mentioned was the idea that a dyslexia diagnosis should never make an individual feel compartmentalized and limited in pursuing all that he wants in life: “If we can dream it, we can do it—just like everyone …

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Dyslexia Diagnosis in Kindergarten

Dyslexia Diagnosis in Kindergarten

Young children enjoy pre-reading skills such as rhyming and pretending to “read” a book. Some parents of preschoolers though, experience the opposite – their children do not wordplay with Dr. Seuss and seldom pick up a book “to read.” Parents hope it’s their young age and think that eventually, their entrance into kindergarten will help …

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“I Got Lucky and Was Tested for Dyslexia”

Tested for Dyslexia

Sarah is dyslexic and is now in middle school. She shares that when she was six, she “got lucky, and was tested for dyslexia.” In her still young mind, she uses the word “lucky”, not yet realizing fully that she always had the rights (as every student) to correct diagnosis and support.  Sarah’s  “luck”  remains …

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The Gifts (of dyslexia) That Aren’t under Your Tree!

In December, we think about those gifts waiting to be opened under our trees or around our menorahs. But at this time of year, I also like to remember different kinds of gifts – gifts that never need to be unwrapped, i.e., the gifts within my dyslexic students that are waiting to be discovered and …

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Dyslexia 2013 – Lots to Be Thankful for!

Do you think any of the Pilgrims who stepped on that rock were dyslexic?  Most probably. Just like today, dyslexia was often inherited.  I imagine if you couldn’t read then, the explanation was simple – you were in some way mentally “defective” – understanding of course, severely limited in 1620! But we too have come a …

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Dyslexia and Supportive Books!

Dyslexia and Supportive Books!

As you look towards the new school year, do you find yourself thinking more about your child’s attitude towards reading, especially if he is dyslexic or if reading is getting more challenging for him? The International Dyslexia Association has created a list of books for young children to teens, that foster positive attitudes and most importantly help …

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Reading Aloud to Your (Older) Child – How Cool!

Have you ever wanted to read a great book aloud to your “older” child but had second thoughts such as “he’s in middle school now? No way would he ever spend that kind of “quality time” with me!” Make Way for Ducklings preschool days seem a distant memory. You believe that reading to him is …

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Strengthening Comprehension Skills Is like Building Biceps!

Strengthening Comprehension Skills Is like Building Biceps!

I like to tell a student in any grade, that strengthening comprehension skills is a lot like building up biceps! I explain that when a person commits to lifting “weight”, his muscles strengthen and grow over time. Likewise, I want my student to have the awareness that comprehension “behaves” in the same way! The more …

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The Shape of Letters and the Dyslexie Font

Dyslexia exists on a continuum, from mild to severe. Some individuals will be more challenged by sound/symbol relationships (phonics) than others and will take them longer to retain what they have learned. Letters on a page, in turn, appear to take on different “configurations” to various readers – neurological explanations are continually unfolding! As parents, …

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