Champion of Champions!

Alex Forsythe, co-founder of Dyslexic Kids, is the best of the best! Grand champion of all the grand champions! Way to go, Alex! She built a Particle Accelerator and a Supercomputer to run the Particle Accelerator!

American Library Association ACPL Teen Advisory Board

Both of us (Scott Forsythe and Alexandra Forsythe) became active volunteers for the library long before we were reading at grade level. No one cared more, or tried more, to encourage us to love reading than the librarians at ACPL! The work they do is so important and they put their whole hearts into it. The library is like a second home to us now, and the librarians are like family. Our level of gratitude cannot be adequately expressed, so we do what we can to pay it forward. As board members of the ACPL TAB, we help the library come up with new, innovative ways to encourage the next generation to read, regardless of their learning differences.

Your local library is a treasure – perhaps more so than you realize. We would encourage you to get to know your local librarian. They can make such a difference in the life of your child!

ACPL

We’re back from NASA!

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We’ve returned from our NASA internships and we’re ready to get back to Dyslexic Kids! First off – we highly recommend that all high school and college students who have dyslexia apply for NASA internships through the NASA OSSI website (https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/main/). NASA is always looking for creative problem-solvers, and who fits that bill better than students who have dyslexia? The types of internships are varied in location, duration, experience, and scope. A high school student can work for a couple of weeks putting together educational materials for schools, or a grad student can work for a year conducting research for the next space mission – the possibilities and combinations are seemingly endless. Our internships were the best experiences of our lives! We’ve been asked to return next summer and we can’t wait! 😀
Second – Alex is currently applying for college admission and scholarships. We’ll keep you informed about that process and include Alex’s tips and observations over the next few months.
Third – Scott is starting his sophomore year as a computer engineering major at Purdue. He managed to end his freshman year with a perfect 4.0, and he’ll include his tips and observations over the course of the school year.
We’re thrilled to be back! We missed you!

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We’re all set for our summer adventures! Scott will be studying abroad in Italy then flying back to NASA for his software engineering internship. Alex begins her electrical engineering NASA internship in a matter of days! Plus, she’ll be taking classes in the evenings. Both of us will be working on the next generation of GOES weather satellite, but we’ll be in different departments and buildings. Very exciting! And very busy! We’ll see you in August! Have a fantastic summer, everyone!

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Word Play & Learn! app

“Word Play & Learn!” is a new app designed by Justin Smith, a father who has dyslexia. “Being dyslexic and as someone who struggled to read myself – last year I decided to create an app to help my son (2 years) learn to talk.” Here is Justin’s story:
 
“I have always hated reading ever since I can remember. This is my short story …
 
I can remember my parents making me read out aloud in the kitchen while my mum cooked and while they had my best interest at heart – I really feel (now) forcing me to read was not the best way to engage me.
 
My parents bought me a BBC (B) computer back in the 80s – which I must say was the start of my love for computers / technology.
 
Starting by playing games, but I soon wanted more lives. My 1st coding attempt was to change nearly all the “3” (for 3 lives) – till i managed to get it to work. Hours of fun trying.
 
I found that I just don’t get the same hate, reluctance etc when viewing words (code) on a computer. This was my breakthrough.
 
I feel getting starting early, using technology really helped me.
 
My 1st born arrived just under 6 years ago and is a rapid developer. She was walking at 9 months, and talking very early on. When my 2nd born arrived he developed walking around 10 months but did not talk as well (at the same time) – so I decided to create my app.
 
The core idea was to help him repeat the words I said and to use it to introduce new words / objects. I added sound effects and a game to keep him interested (On average 10 minutes is the expected playing time). I used my daughter’s voice to give him a new perspective.
 
I was keen not to have adverts, allow offline working and to keep it very kid friendly.
 
Most recently, for my daughter – I added “telling the time” and for my son I added “at the beach” and “basic shapes”.”