He'll be OK!

I have a friend who has a son who is 18 and in his final year at school. He has just received an offer from a university, conditional upon him gaining an A,B,C in his A levels (the final year of  secondary school in the UK). This is a truly remarkable thing. You may think it's not that remarkable as you will know that students all over the country will be receiving offers and some will have more difficult obstacles to overcome in terms of grade requirements. But this is an amazing achievement for this young man....more

Dyslexia: Think Dyfferent.

Here is the public service announcement that runs in my head: My child does not write his letters backwards. My child excels in math. My child is the best speller out of my three children. My child is funny. My child works hard for his grades. My child can read. My child is kind. My child is a nationally ranked tennis player. My child is dyslexic. And, I love him. Dyslexia I love the apple slogan ( I wish I had thought of it): Think Different...more
While my son has ADHD, not dyslexia, this post is so timely! We just had a conversation today ...more

What reading a novel does for your brain

A new study out of Emory University found that reading a novel can have lasting changes on your brain (in a good way -- no comment on novels like "50 Shades of Gray").The study recruited 21 undergrads who promised to read "Pompeii" when told. (It's a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris about a volcano in Italy erupting.)For 5 days, the researchers studied the students' brains with fMRIs while in a resting state....more

The Girl Who Taught Me How To Spell Love

The Girl Who Taught Me How To Spell The Word Love  ...more

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is also Dyslexia Awareness Month. Jennifer P. Williams talks about her daughter's experience with dyslexia, a disorder that impairs a person's ability to read. They go to see Dislecksia: The Movie, a documentary about dyslexia, and she emerges from the theater with renewed energy to help her daughter combat her reading disorder. ...more
This was such a great post jen_p_williamsmore

Being Her Own Advocate: Growing Up with Learning Disabilities

Imagine that you are afraid of public speaking, I mean really terrified of it. And yet, had a job that required you to address large groups everyday. The people around keep saying that it will get better, that the support is in place, that you will be fine.But you are not. It is just that sinking feeling in your gut day after day day after day.When you have a learning disability, walking into class everyday goes beyond a struggle with the alarm clock. It is day after day of feeling like you are dumb, that you are hopeless. The struggle is constant. ...more

Drugging Einstein

I haven't written in a while but last night I was telling Luke that Albert Einstein was dyslexic and yet he was one of the smartest people known and he came up with brilliant ideas. And then today I ran across this article and it seemed so fitting. So I wanted to share.... it definitely makes you wonder....more

"You're Just Not Trying Hard Enough!"

I don't speak Russian. Or Hindi. Or Korean. Or any other language with a different alphabet. And I certainly can't read them. I can't even try to sound them out phonetically, regardless of meaning, because they just looks like squiggles to me.So let's say you put a piece of paper with Russian on it in front of me, and say, "Read it!"I say, "I can't."You say, "Read it!!! Everyone else can!"I say, "Maybe everyone else can, but I can't."You say, "Read it!!!! You're just not trying hard enough!"...more

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due  ...more

MRIs show dyslexia is different in women's brains (vs. men's brains)

Some of you might have suspected this.A new study by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center found major differences in the brains of dyslexic women (compared to dyslexic men). While we've always known (in our lifetime, anyway) that men's and women's brains are physically different, this study specifically touches on things like:• Women tend to use both hemispheres for language tasks (men use just the left for language)• Female sex hormones (e.g. estrogen) can help protect our brains after injury...more