Dyslexia and Me: Dyslexia, Self Esteem and Depression

pediatric profiler pictureThis is an important blog to read about Robin Williams.  I have to admit that I did not know that he had dyslexia although I  was well aware that Whoopi Goldberg had it.

It is so important for us to realize that dyslexia and other learning struggles do have an impact on children.  What they don’t need to hear is that they have to work harder and then they will get it.  What they need is for teachers and parents to realize that the “usual” way of teaching them might not be fitting, and to look at other methods which have evidence to back that they help.  The use of multisensory, structured, language-based reading approaches have been around since the 1930’s but most schools still don’t use them, even for the struggling readers. While the most severely impaired students with dyslexia may not make as much progress they still will make more than with the right brained approach of look/memorize, write and rewrite approach. They need to have the left side of their brains activated in order to develop the phonemic and phonologic neural pathways.

I hope that you approach children differently who are struggling with learning after you read this.

Dyslexia and Me: Dyslexia, Self Esteem and Depression.

Bill to Adopt Internationally Recognized Definition of Dyslexia Now Law – Cape May County Herald

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By Press Release TRENTON — Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew and Senate Education Chair M.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

This is such an important action by New Jersey for all those with dyslexia.  We as a nation don’t recognize dyslexia as the neurologic, language-based disorder of oral and written language that it is.  It is sad that knowledg has to be legislated but sometimes that is the only way to get people to acknowledge something they need to know more about.  Now lets get the rest of the states that are not already on board (which is most of them) so that accurate identification and remediation can be put in place for our children.

Contact your elected officials to see where your state is (Iowa doesn’t recognize it for example) and push for a bill to be introduced and pushed to passage fort his significant minority of our population (1 in 7 to 1 in 10 depending on how it is classified).

See on www.capemaycountyherald.com

Are you ready to help in the education transformation?

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A colleague shared this video with me which I must pass on to you.  It shares the facts about what is happening to our country compared to others in terms of literacy and strong nations.  We have to make a change in how children are taught and how they are seen when they struggle developmentally and behaviorally.

Literate Nation 

Share this if you agree.

2012 in review: Thank you all

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I started this blog in the middle of 2011 as an avenue for sharing my knowledge of children and youth with developmental and behavioral challenges. My passion was also to help others understand and find new ways to help, rather than punish these struggling children and youth.

I am excited and gratified to see how much growth this site has had over the last 1 1/2 years.  I am preparing for even more growth in 2013 as I relaunch my book, Never Assume: Getting To Know Children Before Labeling Them through Advantage Media.  It will have an updated resource section as well as two new chapters. I will then be ready to get on the road to share with parents and professionals the ways to understand the “whys” of these children in order to provide them with effective interventions.  I am also planning to add many more posts to this blog, thus sharing what’s new and important in the research on child development and behavior.

Happy New Year’s to all and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing others in 2013.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Commander Ben dishes on handwriting with dyslexia

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Parents and teachers are always asking me how to help their child/student who has dyslexia and dysgraphia become engaged in reading and writing. Commander Ben does a great job sharing how he works with his dyslexia and dysgraphia rather than fight with them all the time. Please read this blog to get some great ideas.

Commander Ben

It may seem funny to talk about technology in one breath and then mention pen and paper in the other, but they really can work together. For most everything I do, I use some form of technology – my Victor Reader Stream, a laptop, an iPad or an iPhone – but sometimes , well almost daily actually, I still enjoy writing something down into my old-fashioned journal.

My journal is a small leather three-ring binder with lined paper which is actually three generations old. I found it tucked away in my dresser draw in my room where my Mom had saved it for me. She used it as a kid and her Mom used it before her.  I think that fact that it was old and looked different than other notebooks was part of it’s appeal.  Even though I am a 21st century kid, I like old-fashioned things.


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Our ignorance of learning disabilities

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As the new school year begins this article/survey highlights the needs we have to provide more knowledge and training to our parents and teachers.  I know I will be out there doing my share to close the gap.  Who else will be helping to get the word out?

See on www.washingtonpost.com

Can I have your help on my upcoming book?

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Greetings all on this Labor Day weekend. I am asking your help by sharing stories of when you were in school or stories of your children for my upcoming book, The Pediatric Profiler.

I want to have the voices of the students/parents about what they felt teachers and administrators did right as well as those who totally blew it on dealing with a behavioral or learning situation. Please share with me via email at patricia@allchildrenarespecial.com.

I can start it out with an example of my oldest when she was in high school. She has mild dyslexia, which leads to a slower reading rate and some spelling problems. In the AP LA class they were assigned to read 3 books in 3 weeks, and then choose 2 to compare and contrast. My daughter asked her teacher if she could do at least one of them as an audio book. Her teacher responded that if she was incapable of doing the assignment as directed, she shouldn’t be in the class. There was more after including a comment on her report that she was basically “an overachieving slackard”. Needless to say, she dropped out of AP classes after that so she wouldn’t have to deal with the teacher again. And no, the administration did not side with my daughter.

Thanks for your help.