Our Brains Were Not Built For Reading: Why we confuse b, d, p, and q

Our Brains Were Not Built for Reading - Why we confuse b d p qDownload the PDF version of this article here.

Why do we confuse b, d, p and q anyway? Most of us know that this is a normal part of learning to read. Anyone who has watched a preschooler learn to read has seen him or her wonder out loud if that is a b or d they are trying to read. We have also seen this same preschooler become a first grader and figure it out after awhile when they just ‘get it.’ And then there are those who continue to mix up these letters past 2nd grade, when it becomes a red flag. The interesting, and often not answered very well, question is: why? Stanislaus Dehaene, the author of Reading in the Brain, does a great job of explaining in this in an chapter in Dyslexia Across Languages. I am going to do my best to paraphrase because I think it is important to understand how the brain has adapted to fit reading in to a space that was originally meant for other skills.
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Hidden Disability

Hidden Disability - A Song About DyslexiaDownload the PDF version of this article here.

Below is an mp3 of a song about dyslexia which was written by Tessa Matus and Berne Velasquez from Belize. They would like to use it to raise awareness to help create a dyslexia organization in Belize and beyond.  A video will be forthcoming, but for now please share and help them spread the word.

Hidden Disability

Infographic: Navigating the Special Education Process

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This flowchart is a visual aid to help a parent and/or advocate of a child with dyslexia navigate the special education process.  It is meant only as a general guide.  It has been adapted from the forthcoming book:  Dyslexia:  Decoding the System by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley of The Dyslexia Training Institute.

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From the Mouths of Babes….Or, Gabe in This Instance

From the Mouths of Babes....Or Gabe in This Instance by Tracy Block-ZaretskyDownload the PDF of this article here.

By Tracy Block-Zaretsky

One of the things I do at DTI is speak to parents who are calling looking for help. By the time they are calling us they are usually pretty frustrated. I hear so many stories, but at their core they are really similar. Our schools are failing our kids with dyslexia. But, we all know that already. What keeps me passionate about what I am doing is listening to the pain and frustration that the parent is experiencing because they are watching their child continue to struggle and their self esteem going down the drain. I know at the core of this story is a kid who is suffering to some degree everyday at school. Being a parent of a child with learning disabilities, I have a lot of empathy for the parents that call us. However, I don’t think any of us can really know what it is like to live in the heads of our kids as they sit in school all day and then come home to do even more of what is so difficult for them. That is what is killing me. I know they are struggling, but I can only image what it is like to live their lives everyday.

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