Dyslexia the Gift Blog November 6, 2017

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Dyslexia the Gift Blog October 25, 2017

  • Visual Dyslexia: New study is all sizzle, no steak
    A new research report about dyslexia and vision has been drawing outsized media attention,  with hyped up headlines that suggest a breakthrough discovery as to the cause and treatment of dyslexia. But the reality is far more modest:  a brief report by two French physicists who have not previously studied dyslexia, exploring a previously unexamined […]
  • “Evidence Based” — But does it work?
    Parents who are seeking help for their dyslexic kids usually have one question uppermost in their minds: will it work? Parents and teachers are often encouraged to look for a dyslexia program that is “evidence-based”, with little guidance about what that phrase means. Parents might naturally assume that “evidence based” means that a program has […]

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Dyslexia the Gift Blog August 11, 2017

  • New Research Confirms that Dyslexics Read Better with Right Brain Strategies
    A newly published fMRI study conducted in New Zealand has confirmed that improved reading skills among dyslexic adults correspond with stronger right brain activation patterns.  In a study called  Reading network in dyslexia: Similar, yet different, the researchers explain:  “Although the overall reading network was largely similar in dyslexics and typical readers, it did not […]

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Dyslexia the Gift Blog July 31, 2017

  • Why Tyrannosaurus but Not If?
    “I don’t understand it: he can read tyrannosaurus, but he gets stuck on if!” This question from the mother of a dyslexic child reflects a commonly encountered and paradoxical aspect of dyslexia.  It is not simply a problem with reading; rather, the dyslexic child’s reading barriers often seem to make little sense.  Most literature about […]

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Dyslexia the Gift Blog July 4, 2017

  • Dyslexia and Giftedness – By the Numbers
    A new study by Italian researchers suggests that the rate of intellectual giftedness among students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities may be almost double the rate among typically developing children.  However, these talents may often be hidden by the way that educators and other professionals evaluate findings from commonly used measures of intelligence. The […]
  • Dysfunctional Science – How a new study about dyslexia gets things wrong
    Human beings are very good at tuning things out – not noticing objects or events in that are in plain sight, or becoming indifferent to distracting sounds in their environment, such as the whirr of a fan.  Psychologists and other scientists who have studied this tendency sometimes report startling and often amusing results.  For example, […]
  • Dyslexia Begins Early
    Dyslexic brains are wired differently. Researchers now report finding evidence of these differences in infants as young as six months. In a study conducted at Boston Children’s hospital, researchers used DTI (diffusion tensor) imaging to map the development of brain tracts in infants between the ages of six and seventeen months. They compared the brain images […]
  • US Education Department OK’s the Word “Dyslexia”….. sort of
    In an artfully and elusively worded missive, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued a formal letter “clarifying” standards for usage of the labels dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in the IEP process. In a nutshell, the October 23, 2015 “Dear Colleague” letter informs state and local educational authorities that there is nothing in federal […]
  • Survey Results from Dyslexic Advantage
    Dyslexic Advantage has announced the release of preliminary survey results exploring the talents tied to dyslexia.   Well over a thousand individuals participated in the comprehensive surveys, focused on exploring abilities grouped under four “MIND” categories.  MIND is an acronym created by researchers Brock and Fernette Eide to stand for different types of mental reasoning […]
  • Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn
    New research shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks, according to a study published in an early online release of the Journal […]
  • Phonological dyslexia? Not so much….
    Two new research studies cast doubt on the role of phonological processing difficulties in dyslexia. One study, from the UK, suggests that previous research showing phonological dyslexia to be more common than surface (or visual) dyslexia is likely the result of the way that the research was structured. The reported numbers seem to be an […]

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Gene linked to visual dyslexia symptoms

A study published in the The Journal of Neuroscience reports that a risk gene for dyslexia is directly associated with impairments in visual motion detection.   Dyslexics with an altered copy of the  DCDC2  gene are unable to detect certain types of visual motion.

The researchers used a series of visual tests to compare typical readers with two groups of dyslexics — one with and one without a specific deletion in the DCDC2 gene. Read more ›

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New research overview of 15 dyslexia methods

A  new report entitled Behavioural Interventions to Remediate Learning Disorders: A Technical Report (Dawson & D’Souza, 2015) has been published by the  Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland. This report provides a technical overview of 15 separate interventions for dyslexia, including Davis, summarizing each method and research findings relevant to each.

This report is an excellent source of objective, unbiased research information for parents, teachers, and students who are interested in learning more about the most commonly used programs for dyslexia.

Dyslexia the Gift Blog November 6, 2014

  • Because of a dyslexic…..
    Sometimes being the mom of a dyslexic is hard: http://www.jenniferpwilliams.com/2014/11/dyslexic.html (Blog post from Jennifer P Williams, working mom of two)

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Dyslexia the Gift Blog October 18, 2014

  • Fish Don’t Climb Trees – A different take on dyslexia
    Davis Facilitator Sue Hall has written a new book: Fish Don’t Climb Trees: A Whole New Look at Dyslexia. Sue  understands dyslexia from the inside out – as a dyslexic person with vivid recollections of frustrations experienced in elementary school, as a parent who searched for and found a solution to enable a once-struggling child to learn become a …

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Dyslexia the Gift Blog October 5, 2014

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