The Power of Speech to Text: A True Story

2019-06-26T14:35:53+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support|

Meet Sean Douglas, the founder and owner of The CodPast, a “fresh, contemporary resource for students and adults with dyslexia. Here’s a quick overview of his story. Growing Up: Had no support for his dyslexia throughout his life including his university years From 12 years old until at least 18 years old he never read a [...]

Executive Function (EF): Dr. Lynn Meltzer’s SMARTS Program Now Online!

2019-06-27T16:03:45+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support|

(Note:  I am not receiving any compensation for this post) Today I’m going to write about something that’s sort of pushed itself to the forefront of my mind lately–but I’ve been really mulling over this issue for quite some time.  As many of you know, developing and mastering executive functioning skills is really a major challenge for [...]

The DSM-V, SLD and Dyslexia: A Fascinating, Frustrating Disservice

2019-06-27T16:10:44+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support, Parents|

In a Facebook posting about two weeks ago, Julya Johnson (nee Shane) asked me to comment on the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) diagnostic criteria for Specific Learning Disability and the mysterious relegation of the word dyslexia to an “alternative term.” It might make sense to start by explaining a [...]

Hyperlexia and Dyslexia: Phonologically Two Sides to the Same Coin?

2019-06-27T16:13:45+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support, Parents|

  Julya Shane, my friend from Decoding Dyslexia Tennessee and Learning Ally, asked me to write a bit about hyperlexia, whether there is a connection with dyslexia and whether/how hyperlexia is referenced in IDEA…SLD?  Fall under OHI?  SLP? So…here we go. What is Hyperlexia?  Darold Treffert, MD, has been studying people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder for [...]

Pounding Away at Your School: What Do You Do When Your Cup Runneth Empty?

2019-06-27T16:20:09+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support|

We all have a finite cup of resources when advocating for our children.  For many of us, it’s financial, but sometimes it’s emotional. We get so intensely focused on the fact that our schools should be experts and take proper care of our children that our laser focus distracts us from the bigger picture. We deplete [...]

The Double Deficit Hypothesis: This Just In

2019-06-27T16:26:21+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia|

There is a really great new article out about the neuroscience behind Double Deficit Dyslexia. You can find it here on ScienceDirect. The title of the article is Functional neuroanatomical evidence for the double-deficit hypothesis of developmental dyslexia.  Elizabeth Norton from MIT is the lead author.  I don’t know her but the writing, while not an easy [...]

Lesson To Remember: Dysgraphia Does Not Always Reflect Intellect

2019-06-28T02:08:46+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia|

Dysgraphia means difficultly with writing in terms of both fine motor skills and grammatical and syntactic coherence.  In other words, your writing looks terrible! Probably always will.  But we need to be careful regarding what we think it means when we see someone with lousy handwriting or jumbled typing. I was reminded of this again yesterday. [...]

Adult Dyslexia/Diagnostic Labels: “I Don’t Want It to Imprison Me”

2019-06-28T02:08:47+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia|

I was having lunch with a friend the other day. He’s a brilliant, super-creative guy who has a very complex history with his chemical makeup. He could have easily been one of those guys who bought into the “I’m Broken” model. You know…The “There is something wrong with me at my core” kind of guy. “I’m [...]

Quote For the Day

2019-06-28T15:26:07+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia|

“Needless suffering occurs whenever children grow up disappointing themselves and the adults who care for them.” M. Levine, 1994   “Needless suffering continues when we, as adults, don’t take time to understand the source of a person’s struggles and rely on negative labels instead of supporting someone’s positive strengths.” Michael Hart, 2013