Let’s train teachers to identify signs of dyslexia

by Elaine Houston – Should teachers in New York State be trained to recognize students with dyslexia? Many parents say “yes.” In fact, parents attending a News Channel 13 education forum this past September urged us to research the issue and we did. Dyslexia is often referred to as the “hidden disability.” Yet, 80 percent […]

Early dyslexia detection can save children’s self esteem

by Drs. Joseph Morelli and Barbara Wirostko Morelli – Recently, The Park Record ran an Op-Ed piece on dyslexia written by Park City resident Elissa Aten. In hopes of spreading awareness about dyslexia and the struggles faced without early detection, I would like to share the story of our son, Joseph James Morelli, who died […]

Nebraska parent joins efforts to recognize dyslexia in schools

by Julie Cornell – A child’s problems in school may be linked to a learning disorder that’s going undetected. Nebraska Public Schools don’t recognize dyslexia as a learning disability and an Omaha child advocate is determined to change that by changing state law. When someone’s baking a cake, they need patience and a solid recipe […]

The thalamus may play a key role in dyslexia

by Joan-Brasher-Vanderbilt – The brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently, according to neuroimaging of the thalamus, the part of the brain that serves as its connector. The behavioral characteristics of dyslexia—a reading disorder that affects up to 17 percent of the population—are well documented, including struggling to recognize and decode words as […]

Fish consumption during pregnancy may reduce risk of dyslexia

by David Cox – Could a child’s dyslexia be the result of the mother’s diet? The idea that our health may be determined in part by decisions made before we were born is an uncomfortable and controversial one. Yet vast amounts of data in the field of epigenetics is showing just that. And while “we are what we eat” […]

Students improve reading skills and motivation at technology-based reading center

by Albert Jackson – Among students with specific learning disabilities receiving special education services, 70 to 80 percent have deficits in reading, according to the International Dyslexia Association. At Canyon View School, which serves students with special needs from ages five to 22, our students are diverse in terms of their disabilities. More than 80 […]

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 […]