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Dyslexia: A Survival Guide to Rigor

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Jeffrey Dunn

on 23 July 2015

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Dyslexia: A Survival Guide to Rigor
I Quit Climbin' that Mountain!
But, I thought . . .
Myths about dyslexia (from
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
Dyslexia is a visual problem
If you perform well in school, you can't be dyslexic
Smart people can't be dyslexic.
Dyslexia only effects boys.
People who are dyslexic are unable to read.
There are no clues to dyslexia before a student enters school.
Compare: Neurotypical left, Dyslexic right
Student Vocabulary Quiz
Is he?
"I can well imagine the disheveled logic and desperation that went into [my mother] not seeking help for me, except for the remedial help forced on her by my school."

"The process of leaping over my own incapacities to the excitement in the narrator's voice . . . I seemed to be 'listening' (not reading) to a voice in my own head, to a personage invented by my own fantasies."

"There is one final clue to dyslexia in children and adults alike: the fact that they are in pain. Dyslexia inflicts pain. It represents a major assault on self-esteem."
So, you write backwards, right?
Reading and Writing Ain't Natural
Early Screener
Test of Auditory Analysis
(Academic Therapy Publications)
Grades K-3
Individual Administration
Criterion Referenced
In about three minutes, this brief assessment will tell you if the child has sufficiently developed skills in processing sequences of syllables and sounds within common words. This test is useful for quickly identifying children who do not possess the necessary auditory skills for efficient learning.

Student Writing Sample
Other Helpful Tests
1. Pre-Decoding Skills Survey and Diagnostic Decoding Survey (Really Great Reading)
Grades PSS K-12; DDS 4-12
Individual Administration
2. Any Fluency Assessment
3. Woodcock Reading Mastery: Word Identification, Word Attack and Word Identification
Grades K-12
Individual Administration
This young lady couldn't meet the reading graduation standard.
Compare Student Samples
Too messy to show understanding?
Please don't take my sunshine!
[People both] are all dyslexic, and they’re also all exceptionally good at what they do . . . these facts are neither contradictory nor coincidental . . . This claim usually provokes surprise and a flurry of questions: “Good because of their dyslexia? Isn’t dyslexia a learning disorder? How could a learning disorder make people good at anything?”

The answer is, a learning disorder couldn’t—if it were only a learning disorder. But that’s just our point . . . Dyslexia, or the dyslexic processing style, isn’t just a barrier to learning how to read and spell; it’s also a reflection of an entirely, different pattern of brain organization and information processing–one that predisposes a person to important abilities along with the well-known challenges. This dual nature is what’s so amazing—and confusing—about dyslexia. It’s also why individuals with dyslexia can look so different depending upon the perspective from which we view them.
What exactly is our genetic inheritance, anyway?
So, ya really want to know how reading works?
Film clips from
The Big Picture, Rethinking Dyslexia
. 2013. Docuramafilms.
You tube link: youtube.com/watch?v=UYr2ZzOtSho
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