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To My Son


Retention And Opting Out

It's All Reading


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Dyslexia In The Classroom

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Thank you, Dyslexic Advantage, for creating this great graphic with great tips for teachers.

To order it as a poster, click here.

Disabled or Different Abilities

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Disabled or Different Abilities 
shared by Lynda Bruni

This is a Facebook post my daughter made a couple of days ago. Yes, I'm proud of her, but it is the message that speaks volumes! She is a freshman at James Madison University.

Dear World: In a file somewhere, it is written about me that I have a "learning disability". In that file it says that I am "disabled".

Educators have looked at that file. They have read the words "disabled" and have comprehended that to mean "incapable". They saw me as broken and not able to be intelligent because of my "disability".

I too have seen that file, but all I saw in that one false word was ABLE. "Disabilities" just means different ABILITIES. 
Some perceive me as incapable but my own perception of myself has always been that I am normal. All my life has been lived with this "disability" and that is my normal.

I know a one handed boy who plays the guitar, I have seen a person in a wheelchair dance to the beat of her favorite song, and I have written this entire thing while being dyslexic.

What I am trying to convey to you is this: the only time you are truly disabled is when you let the adversities you face hold you back. But if you don't let them hold you back, then you will never be disabled. 

I do not have a "disability" but merely a different way of learning.

Different does not mean bad just because it isn't how the majority of people do something.

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Ten Things Every Teacher Needs To Know

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10 things about dyslexia every teacher needs to know
by Nickola Wolf Nelson
developer of the TILLS test

1. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability.

It's not a vision problem. It's not about intelligence. It certainly isn't about laziness. It affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language.

Nelson says people with dyslexia have trouble mapping letters onto sounds and vice versa.

Students with dyslexia usually have a hard time reading, but they can also struggle with spelling, writing and even pronouncing words.

To see the other 9, click here.

P.S. Susan Barton does not agree with #8.

Thank You, Mrs. Barton

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Susan loves getting emails from parents, like this one:

Thank you, Mrs. Barton.

Tyler is in 3rd grade, in Level 4 of the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and he got this month's reading award in his class!!!

He also went up 207 points in his Star Reading test -- from below reading level to above reading level!!!

We can't thank you enough.

Tyler & Jennell Houts

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To My Son

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To my son, who does not care about school
by Janelle Hanchett, aka Renegade Mother

A couple of days ago as we drove to school, I asked you about your math assignments. You were behind by three. I asked you about Monday's homework, which you didn't do. You had told me you'd do it at recess on Tuesday.

In the car that morning, you told me you didn't do that either because you wanted to hang out with your friends.

My thoughts pummeled me: HERE WE ARE AGAIN. No homework. Behind on assignments. Goofing off in class. Zero initiative. WHY DOESN'T HE CARE AT ALL.

I got mad. I yelled. I knew the torrent of words pouring out of my mouth were useless because I was being a jerk, and you're 12. And I was yelling.

You walked away. I called your dad.

"He doesn't care," I said. "I don't know how to make him care. How do we make him care?"

I thought about how I always cared about school, about grades, about being the best in the class.

Why can't he be like me? He should be like me. That is what I thought until the truth settled in.

When I went to school, I fit. When I went to school, I was lifted. I was told I was smart, capable, one of the "good" kids. I spoke well in front of others and read well and wrote well and I could focus easily.

When I did the work, I earned good grades. When I tried a little, I earned awards.

But you, son, are dyslexic, and you try harder every day than I ever tried in the entirety of my grammar school life and what you get is last, lowest, special ed. What you get is confusion, not fast enough, illegible. You get "hurry up" and "focus" and lower grades. Sometimes you nail a math test, but you know your spelling lists are shorter and I do too and you know the other kids do it faster, and we all know what that room is, and why you go, and how most kids don't.

When you speak, it's hard for you to find the words. The more impatient people become, the more you freeze. Your brain and its "rapid naming" "disability." When you write, it takes nine times longer than it "should."

And reading, oh, forget reading. Am I right?

To read the rest of this article that every parent of a dyslexic child can relate to  but has strong language click here.

Retention And Opting Out

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Susan Barton holds Facebook Live Video Chats to share important information. Each is 6 to 7 minutes, and the response has been terrific. Since they were recorded, you can watch them now  even if you do not use Facebook.

Chat #12Retention and Opting Out

Other popular chats include:

Chat #6How to Measure Progress

Chat #17Barton Students With IEPs

Chat #16ADD, Dyslexia, or Both?

To view all of Susan Barton's video chats, click here.

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It's All Reading

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It's all reading
from Headstrong Nation

There are three types of reading. That's right, three. Eye-reading, ear-reading, and finger-reading.

A dyslexic person may not eye-read as well as his peers. Yet everyone needs to be exposed to vocabulary and ideas to be successful.

If a person were blind, providing text as audiobooks or Braille would allow her to read with her ears or with her fingers. No one would ever claim that a blind person was lazy or stupid for not reading text with her eyes.

When you listen to audio, that's ear reading. When you speed it up to four times the pace of standard speech you are leveling the playing field.

It's not what the mainstream conceives of as reading. But that doesn't matter. It's learning. It's literacy.

Thank you, Decoding Dyslexia Utah, for this graphic.

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