Teenager with dyslexia joins efforts to pass legislation for screenings

by Amanda Brandeis – A local teenager wants more support for students with learning disabilities, specifically those struggling with dyslexia. In kindergarten, Ben Cooper was struggling with reading. His mother Robbi, the school wanted to hold him back for a year, saying he just needed more time. She decided to have him privately tested, and […]

Our educational system should help struggling students

by Sheila Cosgrove Baylis – Channing Tatum never thought of himself as intellectual – he struggled with ADHD and dyslexia in school. “I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he tells T, The New York Times Style Magazine. And that made his teen years difficult. “Not having early […]

Recognizing dyslexia early is key to effective interventions

By Emma-Jayne Schenk – Dyslexia has been brought into the open in recent years, but there remains some misunderstanding and stigma, says the Australian Dyslexia Association. Dyslexia is different than just misspelling words and being slow at English – those with it have trouble hearing sounds within spoken words, meaning they can often be left […]

Dyslexia advocates stress the importance of early diagnosis

by Kristy MacKaben – In preschool Lucas Baronello of Antioch had difficulty learning the alphabet, even though his mother Angela faithfully read to him every day and tried to teach him. In kindergarten, Lucas dreaded going to school, and by first grade he complained of daily headaches and stomach pains. Lucas, 10, has dyslexia, but […]

Dyslexia, the “blind” disability

The Landmark School

By Cindy Atoji Keene – At the Landmark School, Adam Hickey is charged with sifting through the most recent studies on dyslexia to help best meet the academic needs of students at this private school for language-based learning disabilities. “An incredible amount of research on the human brain — in the fields of education, neuroscience, […]

Awareness is not enough

By Kyle Redford  – When my family joined in the effort to raise awareness about dyslexia through the film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, we were primarily motivated by the desire to help deshame and demystify the condition. My husband and I had raised our dyslexic son during a time when dyslexia was widely considered an academic […]

The most common learning disability

by Erinn Hutkin – It’s the most common learning disability, affecting roughly 1 in 10 Americans and 20 percent of school-age children. Yet in many cases, it goes largely undiagnosed. It’s dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that results in problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor reading and decoding abilities. If left undetected, it […]

Student supports legislation for early dyslexia screenings

by Amanda Brandeis – A local teenager wants more support for students with learning disabilities, specifically those struggling with dyslexia. In kindergarten, Ben Cooper was struggling with reading. His mother Robbi, the school wanted to hold him back for a year, saying he just needed more time. She decided to have him privately tested, and […]

Improving the college experience for students with dyslexia

by Lakshmi Gandhi – Looking at colleges is stressful for almost all students, but for those with dyslexia the process can be filled with unique challenges. Dyslexia, a learning disorder that makes it difficult for students to read easily, is still often misunderstood by many teachers and school administrators. “Our brains are wired to speak […]

Reacting to the news that your child has dyslexia

by Zanthe Taylor – My daughter was diagnosed as dyslexic at the end of second grade. Since then, I’ve had countless conversations with other parents processing similar news. They find me through word of mouth, I’m often the first non-family member they’ve discussed it with, and over and over again I’ve shared the small but […]