Hot Topics in Dyslexia / Section 504

  • New ADHD Guidelines from Department of Education Office of Civil Rights for Schools

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 8/3/2016 8:00:00 AM

    Department of Ed


    In breaking news, the US Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights have released their a letter from Asst Secretary Catherine Lhamon and its Students with ADHD and Section 504 Resource Guide HERE.

    This report has been almost a decade in the making and is trying to address the need of the over 16,000 parents who reported problems for their children with ADHD in the public school system.

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  • Are you Schwaducated? Take this Quiz to Find Out

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 5/4/2016 7:00:00 AM






    Check out The Dyslexia Training Institute's interesting blog post:

    Are you Schwaducated? Take this Quiz to Find Out

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  • First Evidence of Brain Rewiring in Children: Reading Remediation Positively Alters Brain Tissue

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 2/16/2016 7:00:00 AM


    Brain images after Remediation



    The left brain image shows the area of compromised white matter (blue area) among poor readers relative to good readers at the beginning of the study. The center brain image shows the area where the structural integrity increased (red/yellow area) among poor readers who received the instruction, and it is very similar to the initially compromised area. The right brain image shows that following the instruction, there were no differences between the good and poor readers with respect to the integrity of their white matter. (Credit: Timothy Keller and Marcel Just)

    You can read the full article First Evidence of Brain Rewiring in Children: Reading Remediation Positively Alters Brain Tissue here .



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  • What do MRI brain scans "see" in a person's brain when reading?

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 1/6/2016 7:00:00 AM

    Here is one of my favorite quotes from Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

    "Incredible as it may seem, today we can actually see someone's brain at work as she reads. Sophisticated imaging studies of the reading brain bring phonemes to life, allowing researchers to virtually track the printed word as it initially registers as a visual icon, is then transformed into the sounds (phonemes) of language, and simultaneously activates its meaning stored within the brain's own dictionary."

    - Overcoming Dyslexia - A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

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  • Comparisons between Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 10/29/2015 7:00:00 AM

    Learn more here:

     Dyscalculia Dyslexia

     Dyspraxia Dysgraphia



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  • Rasing Awareness on Specific Learning Disabilities

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 10/26/2015 7:00:00 AM

    "Today, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released guidance to state and local educational agencies. This guidance clarifies that students with specific learning disabilities — such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia — have unique educational needs. It further clarifies that there is nothing in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in a student’s evaluation, determination of eligibility for special education and related services, or in developing the student’s individualized education program (IEP)."

    Read more about this here: Raising Awareness on Specific Learning Disabilities

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  • Dyslexia Explained eBook from Nessy

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 10/5/2015 7:00:00 AM

    Nessy eBook


    To help spread dyslexia awareness, Nessy is giving away a special gift - our brand new eBook Dyslexia Explained.

    1 in 10 people are affected by Dyslexia, if you share this message you might reach someone who needs help.

    Click on this link to get your gift and download the eBook...

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  • Google's Voice Typing Feature for Google Docs

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 9/14/2015 7:00:00 AM

    Google has added a new Voice Typing feature to your Google Docs account. It's a fantastic way to write when it’s easier to talk than type. Make sure to check out the help documents so you can learn some of the other commands built into this helpful new feature.

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  • Back to School Guide: Must Have Apps for Dyslexic Students

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 8/26/2015 7:00:00 AM


    girl with tech  
    Back to School Guide: Must Have Apps for Dyslexic Students by Jamie Martin

    As the days of summer fun come to a close, thoughts of reading assignments, worksheets, and essays return to the forefront of many students’ minds.

    For students with dyslexia, work that requires reading and writing can be daunting, and it often saps the enjoyment out of school. Fortunately, more and more families and schools are discovering assistive technology (AT) and the ability it has to lessen stress and give children a greater sense of academic independence. Read more here.

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  • 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students

    Posted by Maria Embrey on 8/24/2015 7:00:00 AM

    Ever wonder how to support dyslexic students by building on their strengths?

    Just give him the whale


    This book "Just Give Him the Whale" by Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz provides 20 ways to use fascinations, areas of expertise and strengths to support students with Autism.

    If you look at the advice given, it easily translates to supporting students with any type of learning difference, including Dyslexia.
    Click here for the link to order on Amazon. 
    A special thank you goes to Caroll Brant for sharing this treasure with me! 
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