Derby teenager Luke Clarke with dyslexia is building himself a global reputation – Derby Telegraph

“Luke Clarke is among five teenagers in line for the Young Builder of the Year title, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony at the House of Commons. The 15-year-old has already inspired people across the world to write blogs about him after his parents, Vicki and Adrian, encouraged him to promote his love of designing and building – along with his ideas – through social networking website Twitter. Luke, of Oakwood, was told he had dyslexia two years ago – a diagnosis which left him “relieved” because it explained why he struggled with his school work.”

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Tracking white matter development in the brain could spot dyslexia in kids

“A study published online in the journal Psychological Science revealed that white matter in the brain is crucial for development of reading skills in early childhood stage, suggesting the possibility of using it as a tool to detect learning disabilities like dyslexia.

For the study, researchers involved 38 kindergarteners and examined their brain with the help of scans as they were learning to read formally at school. The white matter development in these kids was tracked until their third grade. Left hemisphere white matter in the temporo-parietal region just behind and above the left ear – thought to be important for language, reading and speech – was highly predictive of reading acquisition, the researchers found.”

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Source: www.thehealthsite.com

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Text-To-Speech Apps Aid Students With Dyslexia

“According to a recent NBC report, text-to-speech apps help students who struggle with learning difficulties keep up with their peers. “These gadgets can give students a sense of self-efficacy, being in charge of their own learning,” James H. Wendorf, executive director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, told NBC.

Instead of being viewed as a crutch, perhaps text-to-speech devices and apps should be seen as yet another example of how technological innovations can improve users’ quality of life and help many students to reach their full potential.”
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Source: www.informationweek.com

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Making Sense of Standardized Tests

“While testing to determine achievement of required skills and knowledge based on high academic standards can provide important information about both teaching and learning, when the score on a single test is used to make high-stakes decisions about individual students, a host of issues emerge. For students with LD, high-stakes testing can lead to increases in grade retention, drop-out and the awarding of alternate types of diplomas that compromise postsecondary opportunities.”

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Source: www.ncld.org

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Inspirational Book ‘Dyslexia: TIME FOR TALENT’ Wins Honourable Mention Award

“My own experiences with dyslexia moved me to write the book, and it’s a real thrill to hear that my work in the field is being recognized by experts as well as by those who are confronting the challenging ‘condition’ head-on.”

“The book set itself immediately apart from the crowd by helping readers to emphasize the talent of a child, rather than focusing on any shortcomings or perceived failures that occur as a result of their dyslexia. Rather than viewing dyslexia as something which needs to be cured, Dyslexia: Time For Talent encourages everyone to see it as a different way of learning. The book promotes positive attitudes in children, parents and teachers, and is equal parts informative and encouraging in the fight to overcome the challenges that having dyslexia presents for millions across the world.”

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Source: www.dyslexia.me

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MIT TechTV – Catherine L. Drennan’s Personal Story

“Cathy explains how her dyslexia, and other people’s low expectations of her because of it, have not prevented her from excelling in science and becoming a full professor at MIT. In fact, her “disability” has given her a unique set of visualization skills that allow her to better understand protein shapes and how they fit together.”

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Technology: Dragon Naturally Speaking – The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

“Dragon Naturally Speaking is a dictation software that helps students and professionals alike. While initially it takes a bit of time to get started using the software proficiently, Dragon will save its user a lot of time. The students in our study learned the software in anywhere from a day or two to a month, with most getting the hang of it in a few weeks.

While Dragon gets trained to a single voice per user, multiple users are allowed; however, each user must train independently from one another. Dragon shines as a tool for writing papers, or other homework that involves notetaking. Dragon users can also craft emails using the same word processing technology.”

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Source: dyslexia.yale.edu

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