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The Dragon Defenders Are a Unique, Dyslexic-friendly Children’s Book Series

06/07/2021 | By More
The Dragon Defenders Are a Unique, Dyslexic-friendly Children’s Book Series

The Dragon Defenders series of five middle grade novels underwent its worldwiderelease on Amazon in February this year with an overhaul of its text to make itdyslexic-friendly.In New Zealand, where author James Russell resides, The Dragon Defenders seriesare something of a phenomenon, outselling many of the major children’s bookfranchises.Over 50,000 copies have been sold in […]

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OSU master’s student to graduate despite severe dyslexia, dysgraphia

06/01/2021 | By More
OSU master’s student to graduate despite severe dyslexia, dysgraphia

(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, May 7, 2021) — Camille Carey was told she shouldn’t go to college. Not that she couldn’t, but she shouldn’t. She was struggling to pass her high school exit exams because she couldn’t read them. She couldn’t write on them, either. Despite her severe dyslexia and dysgraphia, Carey eventually did pass those tests. She […]

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Temple Grandin shares 4 tips on how to deal with sensory overload in children with autism

04/30/2021 | By More
Temple Grandin shares 4 tips on how to deal with sensory overload in children with autism

Temple Grandin was nonverbal until the age of four. Today, she is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and one of the leading authorities on livestock facility design, as well as an autism awareness advocate.  Temple Grandin shares 4 tips on how to deal with sensory overload. 1. Allow protective gear like […]

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Kids Can’t Wait: Strategies to Support Struggling Readers

04/19/2021 | By More
Kids Can’t Wait: Strategies to Support Struggling Readers

By Kyle Redford – YCDC Education Editor Strategies to Support Struggling Readers Which Don’t Require a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology I have a confession to make.  It involves a basic failure on my behalf.  What’s worse, my failure impacted students whom I care deeply about: students with dyslexia and other language-based learning challenges. It involved waiting […]

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Working Memory, the Predictor of Learning

04/04/2021 | By More
Working Memory, the Predictor of Learning

by Geoff Nixon | Dec 12, 2020 Working Memory Improves IQ and Attentiveness Most children are not getting the right kind of memory practice.  Long term memory is improved by tests – rote memorization, but it’s working memory that impacts IQ and learning capability, making it far more important Working memory is defined by the NIH as the retention of a […]

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The Benefits of Play in Cognitive Development

03/29/2021 | By More
The Benefits of Play in Cognitive Development

Editor’s note: While it may seem like a simple idea, play is fundamental to forming trust-based relationships. Play permeates the TBRI empowering, connecting, and correcting principles and as Dr. Purvis once said: “Play disarms fear, builds connectedness, and teaches social skills and competencies for life.” We’ve recently received a few questions about the benefits of […]

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Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

03/21/2021 | By More
Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

If the goal is to develop lifelong readers, students need time in class to practice—and learn to enjoy—reading. By Sarah Gonser  February 26, 2021 When Marilyn Pryle, a teacher in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, began scheduling silent reading time for her ninth- and 10th-grade students during the first 10 minutes of each class, it became “one […]

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Life Skills That Make a Difference

03/13/2021 | By More
Life Skills That Make a Difference

By Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. and Eve Kessler, Esq. Social, emotional, and ethical literacy may be more important than academic skills when it comes to achieving happiness and success • As a parent you can help your child develop competencies in those areas • Use your child’s evaluation as a tool to improve in areas other […]

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Phonological Awareness Training: Overcoming the Hurdle to Success

03/05/2021 | By More
Phonological Awareness Training: Overcoming the Hurdle to Success

March 4, 2021 by Brainspring It is not uncommon for kids in the early stages of learning to read to have difficulty blending (combining sounds) and segmenting (separating) sounds. This is an early hurdle in reading development but a necessary component of learning to read and spell. Developing a robust phonological awareness foundation is critical to […]

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How to Help Autistic Students Navigate a Turbulent School Year

02/17/2021 | By More
How to Help Autistic Students Navigate a Turbulent School Year

Autistic students may need additional support to cope with the changing routines and shifts between distance and in-person learning. The Covid-19 pandemic has created numerous challenges for students, educators, parents, and community members. Unfortunately, these challenges could lead to increased achievement gaps in our most at-risk populations. The shift in school settings, the dependency on […]

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