Take a few minutes and listen to Jamie Oliver share his #madebydyslexia story.
Take a few minutes to watch this wonderful, new video on Autism beginning with the words, “We are all different….” While it is about autism, the main message is relevant to all those with learning differences and important for everyone.
This review took into account ranking the following areas, which are all important to students with dyslexia:
(1) Assistive Technology
(2) Academic tutoring and/or skill development coaching specifically related to reading/writing
(3) Special courses to help students develop their reading/writing abilities and/or improve their study skills
(4) Reading and/or writing-related workshops
(5) On-campus and/or online writing center services
Great advice from Richard Branson to a young student. Remember it and share it with your own kids!
“Collin, don’t let school hold you back. Turn your attention to things that you can see the relevance in and are passionate about; if you do, not only will your brain open up, but so will your world.”
Do you have a high school or college student? This article has very good information and advice as you student begins to navigate the application process and time on campus.
EXCERPT: Many parents think if their child received accommodation and support services in high school they will automatically get them in college. Not so. Students with a learning disability must submit to the college’s ODS documentation of their disability (usually from a health care professional like a psychologist or a physician) with a recommendation on what accommodations the student should receive.
Looking for a good book series for your elementary school child? Check out the Hank Zipzer books, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver!
Important & useful information for high school students!
The College Board announced a new policy that is now in effect as of January 1, 2017. The policy makes it easier to request accommodations on the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP®Exams.
Now, requests only need to confirm that: 1) the accommodation is in the student’s IEP/504 plan and 2) the student uses the accommodation when taking tests at school.
We always enjoy the advice Richard Branson gives younger students!
“Just don’t worry if you find things difficult… remember: school does not define you.”
Be sure to check out The Super D! Show with your kids!
“Dyslexiaville truly fills a void that parents like me are seeking for our kids with reading disabilities.”
– Lyn Pollard
Founding Member, Decoding Dyslexia Texas
Another good list of books to help young students better understand learning disabilities.
“Over the course of this past year, through conversations like this one and the letters he received, Aidan didn’t discover the secret to success for dyslexics. If anything, he discovered that there was no secret — except persistence, humor, improvisation and grit.”
Be sure to read Aidan’s book, “Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters.” It’s great!
Another Olympian role model for our kids who build confidence and self-esteem through participation in sports. Kami Craig of the US Water Polo Team:
“Growing up in school, I had to deal with dyslexia and ADHD. Sports (water polo) has always been a safe haven for me. Sports has taken me so far. I feel so fortunate to be in this position.”
Anderson Cooper shares: “I grew up in a home where reading and writing had great value,” Cooper has said. His brother was “a voracious reader,” always carrying a book around with him. So Cooper did the same. But he admits, “I would just pretend to read it, because I had trouble reading and making sense of words, in particular, letters.”
Three-time Olympian shot putter (and 2016 gold medalist!), Michelle Carter, talks about being dyslexic and ADHD.
“Talking publicly about my ADHD and dyslexia is something I’ve never been shy about,” says Carter, who is a powerful advocate for dyslexia and encourages kids and their parents whenever she can. “I tell them you can do whatever you set your mind to—you just may do it differently. You may have to work a little bit harder, but you can do it.”
That’s the lesson her parents taught her after she was evaluated and diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in grade school. “I was definitely a handful back then,” she recalls. “I could not sit down long enough to study and to learn.”