Links We Like: Examiner Vol. 7, Issue 4

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Volume 7, Issue 4
October 2018

In this fast-paced world, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news and research from so many different sources. What’s true? What’s not? Who is reliable? Who is just trying to sell the latest fad? In an effort to keep you in the loop, we have provided a few of our favorite links below. This issue’s links look at the neuroscience behind why some “resilient dyslexics” may do well with reading comprehension, a “primer” from South Carolina for educators and other professionals who work with young children who struggle to read, and a resurgence in interest in cursive handwriting.

  1. “‘Resilient’ Dyslexics Have More Gray Matter in Prefrontal Cortex”
    This article highlights recent research findings that explain why ‘resilient dyslexics’ may have difficulty with decoding text but still have high reading comprehension. The research conducted at Tel Aviv University and the University of California–San Francisco found that a higher amount of gray matter in the brain in kindergarteners who struggle to read predicted an ability three years later to have better reading comprehension skills than expected based on decoding ability. This discovery has the potential to lead to new approaches for reading instruction.

  2. Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders
    The South Carolina Department of Education has created this three-module introduction to dyslexia and other reading disorders for “literacy coaches, interventionists, teachers, and others who work directly or indirectly with students who may experience reading difficulties, specifically in grades K-3.” These free, openly available learning modules may help you in your own practice or as a resource you can direct colleagues to who would like to learn more about how they can support students who struggle to read.

  3. “From Punishing to Pleasurable, How Cursive Writing Is Looping Back into Our Hearts”
    In an increasingly digital world, and after falling out of favor, cursive handwriting is making a comeback. Champions of cursive handwriting point to its potential cognitive and reading acquisition benefits, as well as the ways in which it helps us connect to—and interpret—the past. This Washington Post article is a fun glimpse into a modern-day cursive camp for kids, as well as a brief overview of how cursive handwriting has been viewed in our culture.

  4. NJCLD Fall 2018 Symposium: How Public Policy Affects Individuals With Learning Disabilities
    On Monday, October 22, 2018, the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is hosting the NJCLD Fall 2018 Symposium at the ASHA National Offices in Rockville, MD. The program includes public policy experts who will discuss the interplay of public policy and learning disabilities.

  5. IDA Has Launched a Community Platform for Members, IDA: The Group
    Members of IDA can use their member ID # to request to join IDA’s new private Facebook group. Ask and answer questions, share resources, and get an exclusive first look at announcements from IDA!  Currently, members are discussing the Australian phonics debate based on a piece Linda Siegel wrote exclusively for the group.

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