Huff Post Parent: It’s Called Dyslexia 10/10/13

Here’s a short but good article on dyslexia written by a parent about her child.  The Orton-Gillingham Approach is mentioned…. informative article

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70 Best Apps

This is a go-to resource sharing 70 of the best apps put out by teachers and professionals that may help student learning.  Orton endorses this site…. It’s worth checking out!

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Embracing Dyslexia

There are many good movies out about dyslexia.  This new one Embracing Dyslexia is worth watching!  Go to embracing dyslexia.com and you can download it free!

I’d love to hear your comments…

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Cursive Writing Uniquely Helps Brain Development

This short but well-written article discusses again the benefits of using and teaching cursive early in a child’s school career.  Go to:  natural society.com/how-cursive-writing-affect-brain-development/

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What learning cursive does to your brain

This very informative article discusses the benefits to learning cursive in the lower elementary years of school and the important tool cursive is for cognitive development.  To read further, please go to: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/memory-medic/201303/what-learning-cursive-does-your-brain

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ADHD Bill of Rightsis it right?

I can’t remember where I found this, but over the years I’ve kept it and shared it with many people.  I hope you enjoy it and will share it as well.

 

HELP ME TO FOCUS…

Please teach me through my sense of touch.

I need “hands-on” and body movements…

I NEED TO KNOW WHAT COMES NEXT…

Please give me a structured environment where there is a dependable routine.

Give me an advance warning if there will be changes.

WAIT FOR ME, I’M STILL THINKING…

Please allow me to go at my own pace.

If I’m rushed, I get confused and upset.

I’M STUCK, I CAN’T DO IT!…

Please offer me options for problem solving.

If the road is blocked, I need to know the detours.

IS IT RIGHT? I NEED TO KNOW NOW…

Please give me rich and immediate feedback on how I’m doing.

I DIDN’ KNOW I WASN’T IN MY SEAT!..

Please remind to stop, think, and act.

AM I ALMOST DONE?…

Please give me short work periods with short-term goals.

WHAT?…

Please don’t say ” I already told you that.”

Tell me again , in different words.

Give me a signal.  Draw me a symbol.

I KNOW IT’S ALL WRONG, ISN’T IT?…

Please give me praise for partial success.

Reward me for self-improvement, not just for perfection.

BUT WHY DO I ALWAYS GET YELLED AT?…

Please catch me doing something right and praise me for the specific positive behavior.

Remind me–and yourself–about my good points when I’m having a bad day.

 

 

 

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Understanding dysgraphia

WHAT IS DYSGRAPHIA?

Dysgraphia is a Greek word.  The base word “graph” refers both to the hand’s function in writing and to the letters formed by the hand.  the prefix “dys” indicates that there is impairment.  ”Graph” refers to producing letters formed by hand.  The suffix “ia” refers to having a condition.  Thus, dysgraphia is the condition of impaired letter writing by hand, that is, disabled handwriting.  Impaired handwriting can interfere with learning to spell words in writing and speed of writing text.  Children with dysgraphia may only have impaired handwriting, only impaired spelling (without reading problems), or both impaired handwriting and impaired spelling.

WHAT CAUSES DYSGRAPHIA?

Research to date has shown orthographic coding in working memory is related to handwriting and is often impaired in dysgraphia.  ORTHOGRAPHIC CODING refers to the ability to store written words in working memory while the letters in the word are analyzed or the ability to create permanent memory of written words linked to their pronunciation and meaning. Children with dysgraphia do not have primary developmental motor disorder, another cause of poor handwriting, but may have difficulty planning sequential finger movements such as the touching of the thumb to successive fingers on the same hand without visual feedback.

DOES DYSGRAPHIA OCCUR ALONE OR WITH OTHER SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES?

Children with impaired handwriting may also have attention-deficit disorder (ADHD)- inattentive, hyperactive, or combined inattention and hyperactive subtypes.  Children with this kind of dysgraphia may respond to a combination of explicit handwriting instruction plus stimulant medication, but appropriate diagnosis of ADHD bya qualified professional and monitoring of response to both instruction and medication are needed.  It may also occur alone or with dyslexia or with oral and written language learning disability.

WHAT KINDS OF INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES IMPROVE THE HANDWRITING OF CHILDREN WITH DYSGRAPHIA?

*  playing with clay to strengthen hand muscles

*  keeping lines within mazes to develop motor control

* connecting dots or dashes to create complete letter forms

*  tracing letters with index finger or eraser end of a pencil

*  copying letters from models

*  sky writing (gross motor activity)

** Several other activities can be recommended

DO CHILDREN WITH DYSGRAPHIA MAKE REVERSALS OR OTHER LETTER PRODUCTION ERRORS?

YES.  Some children make reversals (reversing direction letter faces along a vertical axis), inversions (flipping letters along a horizontal axis so that the letter is upside down), or transpositions (sequence of letters in a words is out of order).  These errors are symptoms rather than causes of handwriting problems.

 

INFORMATION ABOVE IS ABBREVIATED AND CAN BE FOUND IN “Just the Facts…” provided by The International Dyslexia Association  email: info@interdys.org     or     website: http:  www.interdys.org

 

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Helpful sites for Orton-Gillingham apps and more

Hi!  With all the new technology being used today, our children have exposure to many wonderful and helpful sites.  Here are but a few:

-http://teacherwithapps.com

http://orton-gillingham.com/frmEducationalApps.aspx

Apps for Lower Elementary

-ABC Pocket Rockets

-ABC Phonic Sight Words

-Sentence Reading Magic

-ABC Tracer-Letters, Numbers, Words, Phonics

-Fry Words

-Phonics Vowels-Short Vowels, Long Vowels, Two Vowels

-Phonics Silly Sentences

-Speech Therapy to Go

APPS for Upper Elementary

-Flashcards

-Simplex Spelling

-Dictionary.com

-Fry Words

-Grammar Up

-Word Magic

-Grammar Prep

-Super Speller

-Sound Literacy

APPS for Middle School

Practice English Grammar

Story LInes

Latin and Greek Root Words

Vocab Rootology

iCardSort

Preposition Builder

There’s more available upon request

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Excellent resources for dyslexia and related topics

Hi all!  Here are some excellent references for resources on dyslexia and other related topics.  Please take the time to visit them.

Learning differences and learning disabilities- web based resources

- International Dyslexia Association (IDA)  See “Just the Facts Series (testing, Recommended Readings, ADHD, Social and Emotional Issues), Orton Emeritus Series (A through Z type on different topics) FAQ sections – JOIN!

-http://www.chadd.org      Children and adults with AD/HD

- http://www.ldaamerica.org   Learning Disability Association of America (LDA)

- http://allkindsofminds.org    Mel Levine and others

- http://www.cec.sped.org       Center for Instruction

-http://www.ldonline.org       Learning Disabilities and ADHD (w/resources & links)

-http://www.nichd.nih.gov     National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  & report of the National Reading Panel publication

 

Reading/Literacy Resources

- http://www.proactiveparent.com     Proactive Parents- Susan Hall & Louisa Moat

-http://reading.org      International Reading Association

-http://dyslexia.yale.edu     Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

-http://www.nifl.gov     National Institute for Literacy- Put Reading First Publications

-http://learningally.org    Learning Ally formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic

There are many more resources upon request!

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Welcome

Hi!  I’m Leslie Eller and I’m excited to share my knowledge and expertise on dyslexia and the Orton-Gillingham approach with you.  I love working with children and am pleased to announce that I am currently accepting private clients for tutoring.  I’ll be using this blog to share important articles, news, and current research about dyslexia so be sure to check back often.  More later…..

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