“While the long-term effects of television viewing in the early years are often up for debate, pediatricians and researchers can agree that young children who watch television need supervision and guidelines for the amount of television to which they are exposed and the types of shows they can access. Young children are constantly in the process of developing their ability to understand information and make sense of what is real and what is pretend.
Exposing children to developmentally inappropriate information and images on television can leave them feeling confused, frightened or upset. This is why choosing appropriate television shows for your children is a critical element of their development. The good news is, watching developmentally appropriate programming with your children can have many positive benefits (bonding between caregiver and child, the introduction of new vocabulary words, exploring new places together, etc.).”
“Chris Wilkinson, director of Gifted Recruitment, which specialises in finding roles for candidates with dyslexia, told Recruiter: “A lot of employers are frightened to employ people with dyslexia because they believe they will make mistakes and think that it is going to be more costly to get someone up to speed to do the work.”
“He said employers are not fully exploiting the talents of dyslexic workers – many of whom may be creative, good at problem solving and have good visual skills. Another common attribute is the ability to think in a multi-dimensional way. Wilkinson, who is also dyslexic, said: “A lot of entrepreneurs are dyslexics. This is because they have struggled in the workplace and they feel as though they need to start their own business.”
Éva Gyarmathy is a Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is working on a research project involving adults with dyslexia, specifically an online portal. Here is some information from Dr. Gyarmathy about the project:
“We work on a research project on adult dyslexia. We have created an online portal service to follow and register the needs of dyslexic adults and the effect of the support. This is the portal site: http://www.literacyportal.eu
We collect ideas for our dyslexic users to be more effective in everyday life. We managed to develop an online test of dyslexia, not a questionnaire, but really a test. The validation study shows that our online test differentiates dyslexic users and can identify their strengths and weaknesses.”
To take the test, all you need to do is create a free account through the portal. What do you think of the test?
The portal not only has this online test but a huge range of other resources including information about dyslexia, tips on how to manage your time and other aspects of daily life, brain training exercises, and forums to connect to other adults with dyslexia.
“Yale experts on dyslexia took part in a hearing on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. to examine the latest scientific research on the condition, which affects one out of every five people in the United States. The hearing was sponsored by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology…Bennett and Sally Shaywitz and other experts discussed the cutting-edge scientific knowledge of dyslexia, future research directions, and treatments that help people with dyslexia overcome the challenges they face.”
“In silent reading we never know, Is it actual reading? Is it skimming? Is it spacing out? Who knows what’s going on? And, on the issue about how to [approach it], there are a couple of things. One is reading materials that are actually of interest to the students. So what makes programs like Read Naturally or REWARDS so effective is that they carefully select short but coherent passages that stand alone, that actually communicate interesting information. For example, they’ll read about the woman who invented the potato chip. Now that won’t help them pass their SAT exams, but it is interesting. And it is legitimate information.”
“Thirty years on, I’m still dyslexic. I still can’t spell, but am rather more militant about it. In fact, I think it’s your problem. After all, as the dyslexic journalist AA Gill pointed out, you’re the people who thought it was a smart idea to spell phonetically with a “ph”.
But there’s a serious point. And this was highlighted by the revelation that GCHQ is now employing 120 “neuro-diverse” intelligence officers. These individuals, who suffer either from dyslexia or dyspraxia, are employed precisely because GCHQ has recognised what some parts of society still does not: that these conditions are far from disabilities – they are simply differences. And, arrogantly, I may be worse than you lot at some things, but I’m a whole lot better than you at others.”