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Dyslexia and Neurological Differences — The Chicken
and Egg Dilemma
Nine-year-old Peter is one of the brightest children in his Grade 3-class. He has a wonderful vocabulary and knows everything there is to know about football. But when it comes to reading about football — or anything else — Peter has a lot of trouble. It takes him a long time to read each word, and even longer to read whole sentences. He often has to guess at how you say a word — and sometimes his guess is wrong. Read more... Is Handwriting an Outdated Skill?
Handwriting or “penmanship” has played an integral role in the education of many generations of schoolchildren and is the second of the educational triumvirate of reading, writing and arithmetic. But as laptops and tablets become more commonly used as writing tools, many are ready to leave the skill of handwriting behind. Read more... The Dyslexia Debate
“There is much debate around dyslexia and whether it is life-long condition that must be diagnosed or a meaningless description used for personal gain that should be discontinued,” says Susan du Plessis, Director of Educational Programmes at Edublox. With these two very extreme views on dyslexia, concerned parents may wonder what to do for their child who struggles to read and write. Read more... Stronger Early Reading Skills Predict Higher
A new study of identical twins has found that early reading skill might positively affect later intellectual abilities. The study, published in the journal Child Development, was conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and King's College London. Read more... Educated People Recover Better From Brain Injuries
Better-educated people appear to be significantly more likely to recover from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). The researchers found that those with the equivalent of at least a college education are seven times more likely than those who didn't finish high school to be disability-free one year after a TBI serious enough to warrant inpatient time in a hospital and rehabilitation facility. Read more...