Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
I’ll be taking a short break. Dyslexic Kids will return on December 1.
The holidays are approaching – a time for families to gather around the dinner table and catch up with all that has occurred in our lives over the year. More often than not, one of those relatives will question your child’s learning difference. “Does your child really have a learning difference? Dyslexia/ADHD don’t really exist. Wouldn’t it be better to just push your child harder or use more disciplinary measures?”
Chris Ulmer, a special education teacher, has been experimenting with a rather unorthodox teaching method. “I consider it my job to reverse this psychological hardwiring and build up their esteem. Simple reminders of their positive attributes shifts student focus from what they can’t do to what they can do.” Read about his methods here:
“40 Faces of Dyslexia” video celebrating 40 years of IDEA, submitted by Joan Moore (Decoding Dyslexia Virginia). “It was a collaboration between my son Calvin and a Decoding Dyslexia mom named Kim from Arkansas.”
“It is estimated that at least one child in every class of 30 has dyspraxia, although the degree of severity varies and it often co-exists with other disorders, such as dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”
I made this graphic a year or two ago. Apparently a lot of you agree with what it says because I keep seeing it on other feeds and websites for companies, organizations and individuals! It’s particularly timely as my sister and I are preparing to take 11 more standardized tests within the next five months!
Has test preparation become the curriculum? Standardized tests are not the friends of students with dyslexia, but the average student takes 112 mandatory standardized tests! Do you think they are useful? Why or why not?