ADA Teens and Dyslexia 2011 Video

On October 27, 2011, in ADA, Videos, by Dare

Inspired by the actual words of Australian teens with dyslexia and produced by Jodi Clements. The Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA) actively promotes dyslexia awareness through visual mediums, offers dyslexia identification and education treatment to those in need throughout Australia and the world. The ADA is an official Global Partner of the International Dyslexia Association.

The original video may be found here.


Phonics Talk: Volume 40 — Sight Words

by Dolores G. Hiskes
March 2010

It seems to be a given in educational circles that sight words are a basic component when teaching beginning reading. Word walls adorn most classrooms, and Dolch sight words faithfully appear in most beginning readers, including common phonics reading programs.

Over a thousand years ago the old Greek Herotimus wrote: “We are dragged on by consistency. A thing may be consistent and yet false!” Truer words were never spoken!

Sooner or later sight words must be taught, but NOT in the very beginning! That is when brain pathways are set up for learning how to read, and sight words are like pictures that activate a different hemisphere of the brain. This then suppresses the activity of the mirror-image region on the other side which acquires knowledge in logical bits, as in phonics or math.

Robert Calfee actually states, “One of the best ways to decrease performance is to present competing information such as the use of pictures to accompany text.”

Here is an analysis of the sight words taught in first grade from several commonly-used phonics programs:

Saxon Phonics: 88 sight words in first grade
Open Court: 130 sight words in first grade
Phonics Pathways: 21 sight words in the WHOLE BOOK
I rest my case!

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    Brownsville, Texas: One Community’s Quest to Turn
    Non-Readers into College-Bound Kids

    Norma Garza’s son, Alec, started having problems learning to read in first grade. By the age of ten, he was still struggling to read in fourth grade. Desperate to get help for her son, Garza, who worked as an accountant, sought a diagnosis and guidance from a pediatric neurologist at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. It was the hospital staff who explained to this parent the importance of making education decisions based on scientific-based research as used in the medical field. In spite of taking an analytical approach, reading books on how children best learn to read and consulting with national reading experts, her son’s public school was at a loss on how to remedy the situation and pushed back against Garza’s suggestions and efforts. Garza joined forces with Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, a speech language pathologist who owned a clinic for children with language and learning differences, in their hometown of Brownsville, Texas. They discussed the fact that the school district was only providing a computerized program that did not meet the standards set by the state for a dyslexia intervention program and that students in Brownsville were not being taught with a balanced approach to literacy which would include phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills. …

For more, click here (H/T: IDA.)

    Lester L. Coleman, M.D.
    “Uncovering problem of dyslexia” / Morning Record and Journal: May 10, 1977.

      Dyslexia is a complicated form of learning disability which, for years, has been completely overlooked or misinterpreted.
      Many children and grown-ups have suffered by their inability to separate similarly shaped letters from others. The letter “p” may look like “h.” …

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    As a child, Philip Schultz didn’t understand why he couldn’t learn. He was held back twice and both his classmates and teachers ignored him. When he revealed that he wanted to be a writer, he was ridiculed.

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