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January 2018

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Dyslexia Fact Sheet

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Thank you, Understood.org, for this fact sheet.  

Please share it with parents, teachers, and others.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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When you are going through the long process of tutoring, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So I wanted to share this message that was posted on a Facebook page for parents of children with dyslexia. This parent gave me permission to share her post.

A message of hope for all struggling students and parents:

My daughter was 3 years behind in reading in 3rd grade.

At the beginning of 4th grade, testing showed she was only reading at the 4th percentile.

So we found a tutor, and over the next 3 years, my daughter went through the Barton Reading & Spelling System at her pace, and she learned to read.

The Barton System claims to be able to bring dyslexic children up to a 9th-grade reading level, and boy, did it deliver.

I just received my daughter's results from the high school placement test where she scored ... drum roll please ... 95th percentile. That means she scored higher than 95 percent of her peers.

She has gone from hating to read to reading a book a week. It has been quite an amazing transformation.

Thank you Susan Barton, my wonderful Barton tutor, and my amazing hard-working daughter who never gives up. Tears of joy flow freely.

Kristen Day, parent
Oakton, VA

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ModMath 2.0

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The first fmath iPad app to help kids with dysgraphia just got better. 

Use the touchscreen and keypad to set up math problems without ever picking up a pencil by dragging or tapping on tiles and icons kind of like the tiles in the Barton Tiles App.

Mod Math now handles complex algebraic equations too -- from multiplication and long division to variables and quadratic equations.

Once you have finished your math homework, you can print it or email it to the teacher.

Watch their demo video.

ModMath does not solve the problem for you.  It just allows you to create it, and show the steps you used to solve the problem, without having to write on paper which is great for kids with dysgraphia.

If you need help solving math problems, Susan Barton recommends PhotoMath.  It really is as easy and fast as shown on their demo video and it is f.

Pay Attention To Spelling

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Significant difficulty with spelling is an early indicator of dyslexia.

With lots of work, children with dyslexia may be able to pass Friday morning's spelling test -- but they can't spell those same words a week or two later.

And they can't spell when they are writing sentences and stories -- not even those high frequency words, such as because, does, where, and friend.

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45 Years Of Feeling Worthless

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This is why adults are my favorite type of student:

Howard will be graduating from Level 10 of the Barton System in a few weeks.

Howard is an adult who was referred to us from a literacy center because they were not able to help him.

When Howard was young and in school, he was teased mercilessly because he could not read. He defended himself the only way he knew how with his fists. The schoolyard scuffles turned into street fights, knife fights, and jail time.

When he came to us, he could not read the word "cat."

He did not pass your student screening, so I had to start him with LiPS program and then took him into Level 1. He made slow but steady progress, although he considered dropping out because he felt the early words were too babyish. Luckily, he stuck with it, and he continued to improve.

Once, when we were walking out, I said to him, "You're getting a little better each day." He replied, "And I'm holding my head a little higher each day." After 45 years of feeling worthless, he finally started feeling good about himself.

I wish I could say this story has a happy ending. Sadly, last April, Howard was diagnosed with ALS and that the doctors only gave him 1-2 years. It's been hard watching this once big, strong man deteriorate so much. He's lost most of the control of his muscles, but his mind still works. We've been working very hard to finish the Barton System before the inevitable occurs.

I'm happy to say Howard will complete the entire Barton program in a few weeks. This is important because Howard has never achieved any scholastic success of any kind in his life. Your graduation certificate will be his first diploma of any kind.

Of the hundreds of students I've seen at the Dyslexia Reading Connection, none have made me more proud than Howard. He's worked his tail off despite ever increasing obstacles, he's never complained, and he's always worked hard. I'm so happy to see him finally succeed in an academic pursuit.

Peter Ducklow
Dyslexia Reading Connection
Appleton, WI

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I Wish Teachers Knew

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That Special Teacher

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Has your child had this type of teacher yet?

If so, send a thank you note or email to that wonderful teacher.

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