Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – March 2018

In the headlines

11 March 2018

Andre Agassi’s Early Childhood Neuroscience Foundation has teamed up with Square Panda to fund a dyslexia-assessment game called Readvolution , which they hope to make available for universal screening for dyslexia in the U.S.A.

Original source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/11/andre-agassi-square-panda-readvolution-dyslexia/

24 March 2018

Writing in “The Guardian”, the Secret Teacher sees huge delays in assessments being undertaken on struggling children and feels that there is not enough funding for schools to have enough staff to help struggling children in the classroom. Read the full article at the following link –

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2018/mar/24/secret-teacher-were-setting-dyslexic-children-up-to-feel-like-failures

27 March 2018

The British Dyslexia Association has produced an animation called See Dyslexia Differently, which challenges preconceptions about dyslexia. The animation has been sent to primary schools to raise awareness and spark debate and discussions. The BDA has also worked with Twinkl, a teaching resource website to produce further resources on dyslexia for schools. Follow this link to see the animation on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbWspi2_A1Q

Follow this link to see the BDA’s further teaching resources

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/educator/additional-resources-for-educators

Original souce: https://www.charitydigitalnews.co.uk/2018/03/27/charity-turns-animation-spread-message/

31 March 2018

Angie Fox has written a lively article about understanding her daughter’s diagnosis of dyslexia. They live in Australia where dyslexia is not reliably recognised or catered for despite legislation since 1992. She can tell her daughter has many positive traits like the ability for Big Picture Thinking, problem solving skills, innovation and creativity. Her daughter was diagnosed aged 7 when she was tested privately at a cost of $1,200. She has received hundreds of hours of private, one-on-one intervention at $95 an hour. Angie knows that her family has been lucky to have the resources to support their daughter in this way. She feels the Australian education system is unfair to dyslexic children.

Original source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/31/existing-between-the-lines-getting-to-know-my-daughters-dyslexia