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Category Archives: Learning Disabilities

Finding a School to Match your Child

Considering a change of schools? GreatSchools.org is a non-profit organization that provides an online, searchable database for families looking for reviews and details about public/charter/private schools.  It’s a great resource for looking for programs that are a good match for children with special needs:  http://www.greatschools.org/

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Seeing Differently? “The Upside of Dyslexia”

I am often asked by parents whose children have been diagnosed with dyslexia or a reading disorder, “What do I tell my child about their diagnosis?”.   I typically advise parents to communicate to their child (at a level he or she is old enough to  understand), that their brain works differently than other kids, but that does not mean they are not smart or cannot learn.  Many years of existing research support this.

In addition to what we already know about children with dyslexia having trouble reading, earlier this year, the New York Times summarized recent research on what neuroscientists are also finding out about how the brains of people with dyslexia may actually be stronger, including an increased ability to capture the “gestalt” of a visual image more quickly than most of their non-dyslexic peers.

(In the picture below, how quickly can you see both the birds and the fish?)
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These are some of the revolutionary studies going in the brain research world that weren’t even possible to conduct 30 years ago.

Read the full story below, and for more information about dyslexia or other learning disabilities contact PACES at (781)390-3922 or by email on the CONTACT button.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/opinion/sunday/the-upside-of-dyslexia.html,

 

Special Education: Top Apps for Iphone/Ipad

Research shows that school-age children with learning disabilities can benefit greatly from technology supports that allow them to hear what they are reading and to dictate their thoughts in writing.

apps-image-300x300These supports help reduce decoding errors that can lead to misunderstanding of reading material and allow children with dyslexia, for example, an opportunity to get their thoughts down on “paper” without having to worry in a first draft about spelling or organization, which often present a challenge.

Even if you do not own or have access to a smartphone or Ipad, new applications are being developed every day that can greatly help children with dyslexia and may be written in as part of a school plan to ensure your child is getting as many supports as possible.  Look at the two lists below, compiled by EdTech Associates and Eric Sailers, as a jump start to learning what apps are available now:

http://www.edtech-associates.com/resources/resources_specialed.aspx

http://www.hmi.dk/media/Iphone_og_Ipod_Touch_Apps.pdf