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January 2013

Dyslexia: What It Is and What to Do About It
  Difficulty Reading          

What do you think of when you hear the word "dyslexia"? Many people think of it as reversing letters and words, but actually that's a common misconception.  In very simple terms dyslexia occurs when a student has a hard time decoding or "sounding out" words. If you think of the word "stop," for example, dyslexic students have difficulty separating the individual sounds of "S", "T", "O", "P" and blending them together to form a word. Similarly, when they go to spell the word, they often have a hard time remembering the sequence of the sounds.  Young students with mild forms of dyslexia often go unnoticed in early grades because they are great memorizers.  So often, it appears that they can read, but they've really just memorized many words. Take a look at the sentences below to experience how reading may be for a dyslexic individual.    


Unfortunately, about 20% of all children have a very difficult time learning to read and, more often than not, parents aren't really sure what the exact problem is. What are the signs of dyslexia? 
Is an E-Reader the Cure for Dyslexia?

Cure? No. A way to make reading easier? All signs point to "yes."


Studies are showing that the modifications to text that e-readers allow, e.g., changes in spacing and font size, are allowing dyslexic students to read more quickly and accurately, providing them the reading practice they need to improve.


Extra-large spacing helps dyslexic students because they are affected by what is known as "crowding": the interference with the recognition of a letter by the presence of letters on either side. Interestingly, the reverse is true for normal readers. When spacing is increased, they tend to read more slowly.


The letter size is also important. Studies at Tufts University have shown that dyslexic students reach their maximum reading speed at a letter size larger than that required by students who do not have dyslexia. Special fonts, e.g., Dyslexie, have even been created to reduce dyslexics' tendency to misconstrue certain letters.


While a cure for dyslexia may not be foreseeable any time soon, the text modifications that e-readers allow make reading easier and maybe even more pleasurable for dyslexic students.



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Vienna Presbyterian Church
124 Park St NE
Vienna, VA 22180
Room 203-04

$10.00 at the door

Did you know that the ACT is now the most popular college admissions test in the nation? Educational Connections is offering a great opportunity for high school students to determine if the ACT is a better option for them than the SAT or simply to get some valuable simulated practice.

All students who participate will receive a detailed score report that will be an invaluable tool in guiding their preparation.

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Study Skills and Technology Applications for Academic Success

The DC Capital Branch of the International Dyslexia Association presents a multi-sensory workshop for educational professionals and parents.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Commonwealth Academy
1321 Leslie Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

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