Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – January 2019

In the headlines

8 January 2019

Kath Wood of Remploy writes that teachers and trainers in the Further Education and Training sector may be missing the potential in their learners who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD or Autism.  She says it is important to appreciate neuro-diversity and see their different strengths like visual thinking, the ability to spot patterns and themes and their creativity.  Teachers/Trainers must take into account individual learning styles to help everyone reach their potential.

16 January 2019

Chris McNorgan, a psychologist at the University of Buffalo, has produced a neuro-imaging study to help develop tests for early identification of dyslexia.  Using fMRI scans on 24 participants of ages 8 – 13, taking part in rhyming tasks, the research seems to show a lack of coordinated processing in the four brain areas known as ‘the reading network’ in the children who struggled with the tasks.

23 January 2019

Made By Dyslexia has produced some awareness training films using dyslexic celebrities including Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom and Darcey Bussell.  The films cover topics including dyslexic strengths, dyslexic challenges, how to create an inclusive classroom and how to identify dyslexia.

Direct links to the first two films on youtube follow –

24 January 2019

Professor Robert Plomin, from the Behavioural Genetics Department at King’s College London claims that diagnosing dyslexia is wrong as there is ‘nothing to diagnose’. He controversially claims that there is no dividing line where you have it or do not.  He claims that it is ‘a dimension’.  Others argue that dyslexia has a wider impact than just causing reading difficulties.  Helen Boden, Chief Executive of the British Dyslexia Association states that it is ‘a complex neurological difference’.