Good article on dyslexia: http://www.independent.com/news/2013/nov/20/dyslexia-difference-not-disability/
FreeTime, the parental control software built into Amazon’s Kindle Fire, has recently become even more advanced. A recent update has added a ‘learn first’ function that requires kids to spend a certain amount of time on educational apps before they are allowed to access fun ones.
A team of scientists from the University of Padua has found that playing action video games markedly increased the reading speeds of students with dyslexia without losing reading accuracy. “These results are clear enough to say that action video games are able to improve reading abilities in children with dyslexia,” says Andrea Facoetti, the psychologist in charge of the team.
The scientists believe that the video games help to improve tracking of peripheral objects in a chaotic screen (or sheet of paper). This allowed the dyslexic students to track the line that they were currently reading instead of the words around it. The study also tested a group of students who played less chaotic video games for the same amount of time. The group with the less chaotic video games did not display any major improvement in reading speed.
However, there is a great deal of debate about the results of the study. “Action video games deserve scrutiny as possible dyslexia fighters,” says cognitive neuroscientist Bruce McCandliss of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, “But the new study doesn’t necessarily prove their worth in allaying severe reading problems.”
Critics are also questioning the effectiveness of this strategy for other languages. Italian, the language that the study was using, is considered more ‘straightforward’ than English. In languages like English, letters can correspond to multiple sounds depending on context. The study’s critics argue that this is far less common in Italian.
Scientists are using brain imaging technology to try to understand and learn about dyslexia.
Great list of apps to help youth with phonics:
Architect Richard Rogers is perhaps best known for designing iconic structures like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Millennium Dome and the Maggie’s Centre in London and Terminal 4 Barajas Airport, Madrid. Trained at the Architectural Association in London and Yale School of Architecture on a Fulbright Scholarship, Rogers is one of the most sought-after architects of his generation. What many people don’t know is that Rogers didn’t learn to read until he was 11 years old and at the age of 6 he was caned by his headmaster for failing to memorize a poem.
Read more about this famous architect here: http://dyslexia.yale.edu/rogers.html
Dyslexia, though, made me realise that people who say ‘but you can’t do that’ aren’t actually very important. I don’t take ‘no’ too seriously. - Richard Rogers
http://www.quotationsensation.com/quote.aspx/quote?quoteid=145756 #’but”t #’no’
Sometimes I feel really stupid because I read words different than other people. Sometimes I look really silly because I have to ask what words mean because even though I know them when people say them, seeing them written down is just confusing.
But I’m not stupid just because I am dyslexic. I…
At least one school district is spending up to $850,000 per year fighting parents, denying and delaying services to special needs students. It costs $22,300 a year to educate a special needs student. The district could have provided services to 38 students with the money they spent on attorneys.
How does your school district compare?
One of the most brilliant inventors in history had dyslexia and was, in his teacher’s opinion, “too stupid to learn”.
Elizabeth Day, The Observer, 5 October 2013
On the face of it, Dylan Redford has everything going for him—he is a handsome, intelligent and artistic 22-year-old who happens to be the grandson of Robert Redford. But he is also severely dyslexic and, at the age of 10, could barely read or write.
Robb, D., Gail P. (Illus.), (2004). The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia. Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company. The Alphabet War is Adam’s story and his struggles with learning due to his dyslexia. He loves stories, but his inability to make sense of words on a page discourages him…