How American schools fail kids with dyslexia

When methodologies that work for dyslexic kids also work for non-dyslexic kids – BUT not the other way around – it is hard to comprehend why change is so hard to make. And yet, graduation rates will climb, reading proficiency numbers will rise, anxiety and ODD numbers will lower, and the cycle of poverty can be broken. This is why everyone at Learning Matters comes to work each day.

Emily Hanford  ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY: APM
There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

A link to the full article and audio version can be found here: https://www.apmreports.org/story/2017/09/11/hard-to-read

Learning Matters welcomes two board members

We are pleased to announce on September 21st Learning Matters welcomed Heather Sisemore and Meredith Eason to our board. Heather is a Learning Matters parent and long-time supporter of our work. She is an affiliate broker/REALTOR at The Wilson Group. Meredith is an associate attorney at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP where she is a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team. Meredith concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.

A Champion for Dyslexia

When it comes to paying it forward, this champion for literacy’s story really shows how to turn a learning disability into vehicle for change.

After being told by his school teachers to go and stand in a bin because ‘that’s where you belong’, Mark Wilkinson went on to nurture his creative side and became a predominant furniture designer and the creator of the tradition English country kitchen style.

Mark and and his wife formed the Mark Wilkinson Foundation for Innovation and Employment charity to help people with dyslexia, a condition that affected Mark so badly that he could not read or write when he left school.

When quoted in a group of famous dyslexics with Erin Brokovich, Mark said: “Dyslexia brings more gifts than glitches. If you have it, flaunt it. When you stumble hold out a hand. Help will come. When you achieve, stand proud and then lend a hand with humility.”

Isn’t this what is all about? Be proud of who you are.

This original story can be found here: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/15405785.Popular_designer_dies_after_cancer_battle/?ref=fbshr

A Short Film Inspired by One Woman’s Experience with Dyslexia

If you are a Violet, have taught a Violet, or cared for a Violet, this short film will find a place in your heart. Kristin Weltner who animated, wrote, and directed this film writes, “The film illustrates the anxiety, isolation, and confusion of a child discovering their difference. Through the course of the film Violet must learn to embrace her differences and in so doing finds that there are advantages to thinking differently.”

We agree. Take a look.

Watch on Vimeo now: https://vimeo.com/161812141

Symptoms Of A Language Disorder

Problems with oral communication are the most common sign of language disorders. It’s not clear if there are signs in infancy that might point to an increased risk. The National Institute on Deafness and Child Development (NIDCD) is currently funding a study that will track babies for specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorder until age 3, so we might have more information soon.

Apps For Diverse Learning Needs

Recently, Apps for Children with Special Needs published a list of what they consider to be among the very best apps to help children and adults with special needs, as well as their teachers and therapists. This list of 1000 apps that are available today is very comprehensive and would suggest to us that there will be more in about..what….5 seconds?! But it is worth your digging around if you have the time.

If 100o apps is just too much for your head to handle, the folks at EducatorsTechnology.com have broken it down into categories for us in their Jan. 19th article outlining 30 apps for students with special needs. The apps they suggested for parents of teachers of Dyslexic Learners are listed below.

If you’ve got a favorite app you use with your child, please share!