DYSLEXIA

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH DETERMINED that dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Schools often deliver information and knowledge ONE way: lectures, reading, and homework assignments. Students that are unique or different learners, as are dyslexia thinkers, are bound by this system that, for the most part, has not properly prepared classroom teacher with professional knowledge, tools, and implementation skills to succeed in instructing these students to academic success.

To become a fluent reader a dyslexia students should be identified early through kindergarten screening test, provided science-based systematic, explicit reading development instruction, and tiers of support in general education classrooms. Reading skill can be attained. Once attained these students can have academic success and often possess a creative genius for multi-dimensional thinking, vision, and complex problem solving strategy that lends to career success.

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Excellent book to help you understand the complexities of learning to read and dyslexia: Proust and the Squid, The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, Maryanne Wolf

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain and dyslexia.

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A superb video to help parents understand the importance of science-based, explicit, systematic reading instruction for dyslexia students. The Lab School in Washington, D.C., shows how one-on-one tutoring helps struggling readers achieve phonemic awareness that leads to fluency.

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Hear it from the expert. Dr. G. Reid Lyon, former chief of the NIH speaks on "What is phoneme awareness? How is it different from phonics? What is the scientific evidence on word level skill, analysis to text, and robust reading?

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Teaching a child to read can be challenging. It is important for teachers and parents to be enthusiastic about books in order to get children excited about reading. Dr. Maryanne Wolf discusses some of the behaviors all parents can employ to help their child become a successful reader. Wolf also emphasizes how important it is for parents to realize the positive impact they can have on their child at a young age, because they are their child's first teacher.

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Meet Dr. Joseph Torgeson, scientists and research expert on reading development. Learn about the importance of the phonological, sound structure of words, the unique features of phonemic awareness, and understand the importance differentiated reading instruction in all classrooms.


Movie: Big Picture, Rethinking Dyslexia

Don't Miss the award winning Big Picture, Rethinking Dyslexia by Robert Redford's son, James Redford

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From one of the world's leading experts on reading and dyslexia, the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical book yet to help us understand, identify, and overcome the reading problems that plague American children today. For the one in every five children who has dyslexia and the millions of others who struggle to read at their own grade levels-and for their parents, teachers, and tutors-this book can make a difference.

Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs-many of them in her own laboratory-Dr. Shaywitz demystifies the subject of reading difficulties and explains how a child can be helped to become a good reader.


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