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Having dyslexia is cool

Having dyslexia is cool
My son wrote this note and gave it to his mom without any apparent reason other than sharing.  His mom and I thought is was something others would appreciate too so we asked him if we could take a picture and share it. Justin is sounding more positive about dyslexia and the Barton Reading Program .  Justin likes to go to the library every ch [...]

Picture My Interest

Picture My Interest
Lot’s of boards and pins on Pinterest for and about dyslexia.  Here’s a great one called Dyslexic Diamonds .  Lead with an image then added supportive words.  Pinterest is great for the visual thinkers. Check out: Four Things All Educators Should Understand About the Dyslexic Brain  -edutopia.org The Gift of Being a Dyslexic Teach [...]

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Gifted Hands:  The Ben Carson Story
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story The was a TV Movie made about Ben Carson who was a successful pediatric brain surgeon.  Click on the above picture to go to the YouTube movie.  I found the movie interesting because it depicted a young but smart boy who was called dummy.  Ben’s own words can be found in the Achievement.org website.  [...]

Fonts or Thumbs for Directional Assis...

Fonts or Thumbs for Directional Assistance
Recently,  people are asking me about the value of fonts designed for those with dyslexia.  Specifically they have pointed me to OpenDyslexic Font and Dyslexie Font .  The both say that these fonts increase readibility for readers with dyslexia.   This is misleading since dyslexia has many causes and different symptoms.   The implication that [...]

The Orton-Gillingham Approach

The Orton-Gillingham Approach
Samuel Torrey Orton (1879-1948), a neuropsychiatrist and pathologist, was a pioneer in focusing attention on reading failure and related language processing difficulties. He brought together neuroscientific information and principles of remediation. As early as the 1920s, he had extensively studied children with the kind of language processin [...]

The Listening Program

The Listening Program
The Listening Program®(TLP) is a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability. Used and trusted by hundreds of thousands of people in over 35 countries, TLP is offered through our international network of trained providers. TLP has global effects on the brain, and is commonly used to support ch [...]

Multi-sensory Movement Enhances Learn...

Multi-sensory Movement Enhances Learning
There are actual programs using body movements to improve learning and healing.  I have mentioned in previous posts the value to me a dyslexic that I felt came to me from song and dance, including piano, choir, folk dancing, Capoeira, TakeTANi. There is an association setup for “Healing through Movement” its called the American Da [...]

Capoeira: Martial Arts with Music, Da...

Capoeira: Martial Arts with Music, Dance and Acrobatics
I saw the movie “Only the Strong” where an instructor decides to teach Capoeira to troubled inner city high school students.  This was my first introduction to a brazilian martial art that incorporate music, rythmn, and fighting practice into one art form.  I found a local Capoeira Club in San Jose within a couple of weeks.  I sta [...]

TakeTINa: Rhythm is Your Teacher

TakeTINa:  Rhythm is Your Teacher
TakeTINa is a Rhythm and dance therapy that is very healing.  The coordination of movement that is in patterns with speech and hand movements that is in different patterns causes some type of neurological reset that is very healing.  It was hard for me to do simple synchronous dance steps in a group while performing some asynchronous speech a [...]

Choir and Pitch Recognition

Choir and Pitch Recognition
Pitch recognition is related to sound recognition.  In some languages the pitch between sylables makes up unique words.  In addition to getting the sequence of sounds right a singer has to get the pitch or melody of the sounds right to communicate the unique meaning. I wasn’t tone deaf but it was hard to hear parts especially two parts [...]