Dyslexia does not look the same in everyone

by Jessica Shields dyslexia – Dyslexia is a complicated topic. Even though one in five people have been diagnosed with dyslexia, according to the Fundamental Learning Center, Kansas does not recognize it as its own category of learning disability in the school system. “Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person’s ability to […]

Dyslexia, explained by a reading specialist

by David Des Roches – Words of wisdom from Margie Gillis, project director at the Haskins Literacy Initiative at Yale University, delivered recently to parents and educators in neighboring Darien. Ms. Gillis’s visit was sponsored by the Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and she spoke for roughly two hours about dyslexia being both a […]

Recognizing signs of dyslexia in gifted children

by Paula Bolyard – Do you have a highly intelligent child who struggles with writing and spelling? A child who, despite good scores on standardized tests, is performing below his “potential”?  If so, you may be the parent of a “stealth dyslexic.” According to learning experts, dyslexia manifests itself in a variety of ways beyond […]

Definition of dyslexia to now be an Iowa state code

by Steve Harris – Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.  The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell. The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization Decoding Dyslexia. DD […]

Author publishes mystery story inspired by dyslexic grandson

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When dyslexia put David Turp’s grandson off reading David set about publishing an adventure story that was right up his street. Two years ago then thirteen-year-old Luke told his grandfather David, from Pinchbeck, he dreamed of leaving school and becoming a detective. “It was then that I decided to write an exciting detective story using […]

Parents advocate for dyslexia screenings at school

by Steve Stein – One by one, a half-dozen parents overcome by emotion told District 709 administrators and School Board members their stories. They described the frustrations of watching their children struggle mightily in the classroom, and their relief after a diagnosis of dyslexia and sessions with private tutors led to dramatic academic improvements. The […]

Frustrated parents form a dyslexia awareness and support group

by Steve Stein – One by one, a half-dozen parents overcome by emotion told District 709 administrators and School Board members their stories. They described the frustrations of watching their children struggle mightily in the classroom and then of their relief after a diagnosis of dyslexia led to sessions with private tutors that resulted in […]

Identifying dyslexia is the first step to overcoming it

by Kayla Gahagan – It wasn’t until his early 40s that Rich Styles discovered that he was dyslexic. When Styles, who had started taking a college-level theology course through his church, struggled in class, he was encouraged to meet with a tutor. It didn’t take long for her to give him the news: He suffered […]

Gifted students with learning disabilities are affected by a double standard

by Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. – The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that “students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other […]

Parents react to admission of special ed students into high performing school

by Tobias Salinger, Ben Chapman – No special admissions for special education students! That’s what livid Townsend Harris High School parents are saying about an Education Dept. decision to admit 11 students this fall outside of a standard selection process. An angry Parent-Teacher Association in Flushing mailed a letter to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on […]

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