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Dyslexia in 2013: The Year in Review and My Wish

Dyslexia in 2013: The Year in Review and My Wish

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Whew! I am tired. Wiped out. Pooped. Exhausted. Beat. Stick a fork in me done. I am not sure how many IEPs I attended in 2013 but it was enough to make me want to lie on the couch and eat Bon-Bons. But alas, that is not to be. And it’s not because I need to take care of my own family, they would love it if I spent a night on the couch without reading a case file and randomly exclaiming, “Oh my god! Are they serious?” And while I could rest back on my laurels and be satisfied with all the good services and accommodations many students with dyslexia now have, and I could reminisce about the middle school child that I saw advocate for himself in an IEP, or think about the parents that openly wept after getting what their student needed; but I would be remiss if I didn’t also notice the IEP meetings that went badly or were prolonged experiences due to misinformation about dyslexia. And I would be blind if I didn’t notice that parents are contacting us more than ever desperately seeking help. So I thought I would share with you what I learned in 2013 because we need to revisit where we have been before we can plan where to go.

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

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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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Dyslexia: What’s Your Fight Song?

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Dyslexia:  What's Your Fight Song?  (Photo by Nan Palmero/Flickr)

Dyslexia: What’s Your Fight Song? (Photo by Nan Palmero/Flickr)

by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Dyslexia Training Institute

From 1996 to 2008 the San Diego Padres had a closing pitcher named Trevor Hoffman. He was the hometown hero who only came into the game to ‘save’ it or put the finishing touch on the game. Every single time Trevor ran on to the field, the song, “Hell’s Bells” played and brought everyone to their feet. There was something about that song that made us all break out our towels and twirl them in the air. That song got us fired up and there was no way we could lose. We all have a song that makes us feel invincible, happy and ready to take on the world.

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Dyslexia: Be a Punk Band

Dyslexia Be A Punk Band - Dyslexia Training Institute

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In a previous article, Dyslexia: Hear Us Roar, I made a statement that we need to be louder and less polite. Well, we are getting there. It is a very exciting time to be part of the dyslexia community. There are grass roots movements like Decoding Dyslexia and Literate Nation that are making progress at a pace I have never seen. Three movies about dyslexia were released just last year. Assistive technology is gaining more acceptance as a legitimate way to help a student with dyslexia access the curriculum they are so capable of learning. I love it. It makes me happy. Ah, but there is always more to learn right? I do see a missed opportunity and I am here to call you to action.

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