Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – February 2017

In the headlines

Iansyst strategic partnership launch

We are delighted to announce that CPD Bytes has joined forces with Iansyst as a supplier of our online courses. They will be available through their website www.dyslexic.com

31 January 2017

Psychologist and Director of the Driver Youth Trust, Christopher Rossiter has written a piece for the TES trying to put to rest once and for all the old argument that dyslexia does not exist.

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/yes-dyslexia-does-exist-lets-put-argument-rest?ct=t(February_Newsletter_from_Driver_Youth_Tr2_20_2017)&mc_cid=587389e6c3&mc_eid=03d84e0400

4 February 2017

Ela Lourenco’s daughter, Larissa has a form of dyslexia called auditory processing disorder. Together mother and daughter have developed strategies to help promote a love of reading despite Larissa’s difficulties and they share them in this article.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/04/ways-help-child-thrive-dyslexia-reading-genre

13 February 2017

In a research trial sponsored by Microsoft, their product OneNote has been reported to be a useful tool to help children with dyslexia. The British Dyslexia Association ran an 11 week trial in Knowl Hill School, Surrey involving 20 pupils. The children were given Surface tablets running Immersive Reader which is part of Microsoft’s OneNote software. The researchers claim that the majority of the children taking part improved their reading skills during the trial and gained improved self-confidence and self-esteem too. The software reads out the pupil’s typing without a teacher or TA’s help. Hearing rather than reading makes it easier to spot mistakes and correct them.

http://news.sky.com/story/trial-finds-using-microsofts-one-note-software-boosts-dyslexic-childrens-learning-10761839

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/microsoft-onenote-helps-dyslexic-children-read-and-spell-better-362112.html

14 February 2017

Fascinating research undertaken in Spain using an oscillopathic approach to developmental dyslexia: from genes to speech processing has been preprinted on BioRxiv the preprint server for Biology.

http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/02/14/108704