Dyslexia – Asset or Disability?

Photo Credit: MaryAGrim@KatyISD.org

 

A loving, persistent parent as advocate is the dyslexic child’s best ally. He doesn’t have to end up on the scrap heap of humanity.

According to Gabrielle Coppola, “The ability to grasp the big picture, persistence, and creativity are a few of the entrepreneurial traits of many dyslexics.” They make exceptional entrepreneurs and inventors, among other accomplishments. 

Is Testing More Important Than Reading?

Boy Struggling to Read

Photo Credit: Olga Sapegina

Today, I administered the state English Language Arts examination to 4 students who receive speech-language therapy from me.

Their academic accommodations require them to be tested in a small group, a separate location, with minimal distractions. Two receive additional time; two do not.

Twenty minutes into the test, JR, an 8-year-old boy, folded his arms on the table, then put his head down onto them.

As I watched him, his face became flushed. A few minutes later, he burst into tears.

A Conversation About Food (and Learning)

“Within your student’s brain, a biochemical process of learning is occurring, that parallels the classroom experience. Making connections, finding meaning, and solving problems are learning tasks that require lightning-fast electrical impulses between areas of the brain.”

~ Philippa Norman MD, MPH

In her article, Dr. Philippa Norman talks about how nutrition and hydration boost learning thus equipping the brain for academic success.

Want to Know More About Visual Processing and Learning?

If you answered, “Yes” to the title question, read ahead about the final visual processing skill we will look at this week.

Visual Spatial Relationships.

My friend was directing me to her home. Every time she needed to tell me where to turn at the end of one street, I noticed that she snapped her fingers on both hands, simultaneously.

“Why do you do that?”

“That’s how I know right from left.”