Sometimes being the mom of a dyslexic is hard:
(Blog post from Jennifer P Williams, working mom of two)
I’ve been seeing some buzz in social media about a specialized font for dyslexics, called Dyslexie. I am 100% in favor of graphic designers considering the needs of dyslexics in their work. But I have two problems with the Dyslexie font: 1) It is a commercial font requiring users to pay a licensing fee on …View full post
An article in the New York Times highlights the fact that many children and adults are mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD, when their problems actually stem from lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation produces the same symptoms: difficulty sustaining attention, forgetfulness, tendency to lose items, procrastination. And though it seems counter-intuitive, children who are short of sleep …View full post
The Ottawa Community News has recently published a response from Davis Facilitator Marcia Code to a series on dyslexia published a in September 2013. Marcia wrote: “I commend the author, Jennifer McIntosh for raising awareness regarding the prevalence of dyslexia and the struggle for schools to meet the demand for testing. This is reflected in …View full post
By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising “resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent”. I was shocked by the spelling, as much as the message. Surely, I thought, if it was a real message then the spelling would be correct. Spelling …View full post
A new study support the use of tablets and other e-reading devices for dyslexic high school students. Researchers found that the students experienced significant reading gains in speed and comprehension when using an iPod.configured to display only a few words of text per line. The students who had the greatest difficulty with phoneme decoding or efficient …View full post
A researcher in England recently reported on the experiences of parents of school-age children who had been identified as dyslexic within the past two years. Researcher Alison Earey questioned parents about their experience from the initial point of concern about their children’s difficulties with words, through assessment and their concerns for the future. She found that, despite …View full post
Davis Symbol Mastery — the modeling of words in clay – is based on the principle that each word has three parts: what it means, what it looks like, and how it sounds. When all three parts are fully understood and learned, the word is mastered. Brain research shows that all skilled readers make this …View full post
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 …View full post
A new longitudinal study completed at Johns Hopkins University shows that children on medication for ADHD fared worse over time than unmedicated kids. The study tracked the progress of 186 children who were diagnosed with ADHD as preschoolers, between age 3 and 5. Six years down the line, 90% of the children still have ADHD, and …View full post
A recently published case study documents the progress of a fourth grade special education student who successfully used a modified form of Davis Symbol Mastery to improve spelling skills. The study subject, a 9-year-old boy named Dylynn, was diagnosed with dyslexia and had first-grade level reading and spelling skills at the outset of the study. …View full post
Why Putting Down Your Smartphone Could Be The Best Thing For Your Kids: Technology has crept into every facet of our lives and we rely heavily on the convenience it offers. You notice it in restaurants or out at the park. It’s hard to miss the abundance of smartphones, with people frantically typing out text …View full post
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Oct 18 2014
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 reader, as a talented Davis facilitator with fifteen years of hands-on experience working with children and adults, and as the founder of a Canadian charity aimed at building understanding and raising funds to help dyslexic students.
Sue has written an insightful and informative book that strikes a perfect balance among autobiographical tidbits, illustrative stories, and direct practical advice and suggestions for recognizing and overcoming problems at school and in life.
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Sep 24 2014
Neither parenting nor teaching a child with autism is an easy task. Success in both areas relies on a collaborative effort between parents and special education teachers. An important part of this collaboration is communication.
Scheduled parent-teacher conferences, IEP meetings and progress reports are ways in which school systems periodically communicate with parents. However, due to the nature of autism spectrum disorders, it is more important to have an open communication line between educators and parents at all times.
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Aug 22 2014
Davis Facilitator Barbara Hoi of Sydney, Australia has recently published two books sure to delight parents and teachers. The first book is called The Right Brain for the Right Time: Unlock the Dyslexic Potential & Transform from a Frustrated Reader to an Inspiring Leader.
The book relates stories from Barbara’s own practice, explores the many talents associated with dyslexia, and is full of grounded, practical advice and tips and suggestions. The book is also laid out with extra space between paragraphs, which helps make it readable and easily accessible by all.
Barbara’s second book is called Nurturing the Secret Garden: A Guide to Reading Mastery, and is designed as a tool that can be used by parents or tutors to help guide and motivate children after a Davis Dyslexia Correction program. In order to fully benefit from a Davis program, students need to make clay models of the letters and meanings of more than 200 trigger words – small, function words of language that do not have easily pictured meanings.
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Aug 05 2014
Technology has crept into every facet of our lives and we rely heavily on the convenience it offers. You notice it in restaurants or out at the park. It’s hard to miss the abundance of smartphones, with people frantically typing out text messages and snapping photos. We live in the midst of an epidemic of distracted living.
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Children are caught in the crossfire of technology and communication. Parents who are constantly connected to their smartphone miss a lot of moments and conversations in their child’s life. A child is easily able to pick up on when parents aren’t really listening and internalize this unspoken message.
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Davis Facilitator Beth Shier explains options for kids with dyslexia and ADHD
July 22, 2014
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Jun 09 2014
“When I take a program with a child, almost 40% of my effort goes towards coaching the parents not to violate the child’s control and responsibility and how to stop being judgmental,” says Smrati Mehta, a Davis facilitator in Mumbai. “With Davis training the one thing which is ingrained in us as the basic principal: let your client guide you. The child is enabled to explore his potential in the way he feels safe. This boosts the confidence levels of the child and he/ she feels so elated, with improved self-esteem and new found keys to learning.”
In an interview published online at www.schoolnmore.com, Smrati encourages parents to be open and respectful with their children, rather than judging or blaming them for their difficulties. A loving, supportive approach will help boost self-confidence and in turn help the child become more motivated and ready to take on responsibility for for their own learning.
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Apr 08 2014
A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising “resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent”. I was shocked by the spelling, as much as the message. Surely, I thought, if it was a real message then the spelling would be correct.
Spelling matters. In a text message from a friend teeing up a night out “c u at 8” is fine – but in an emergency warning text from a government agency, I expect the spelling to be standard. But why is it that some people struggle with standard spelling?
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Oct 18 2013
The Ottawa Community News has recently published a response from Davis Facilitator Marcia Code to a series on dyslexia published a in September 2013. Marcia wrote:
“I commend the author, Jennifer McIntosh for raising awareness regarding the prevalence of dyslexia and the struggle for schools to meet the demand for testing. This is reflected in the ” Annual Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded schools 2013,” People for Education survey which states, “74% of elementary schools in eastern Ontario reported caps on waiting lists for psycho-educational testing .” (p.21) Even with a diagnosis and accommodations, many dyslexic students find school to be a daily challenge.
“I also identify with the author’s frustration for her son James, as I was in a similar position a few years ago. My son developed an aversion to reading and writing which began in Grade 1. As I had a background in teaching, I worked with him on phonics and drilled sight words on flashcards. We also stepped up our home reading practices but despite my best efforts, it did not resolve the problem.
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Oct 01 2013
Dyslexia expert Maryanne Wolf says, “the more you know about a word, the faster you can read it.” Now researchers have demonstrated that the brain recognizes words with concrete meanings faster than abstract words, and that words that are associated with large size are recognized faster than words signifying smallness. For example, test subjects will respond faster to the word “elephant” than the word “mouse.”
The faster response for concrete words seems to be tied to their visuo-spatial impact: something that conjures up a mental image of something big also seems to be a stronger draw for mental attention.
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