Monday, June 22, 2009

Grant Funds Genetic Test for Dyslexia

Yale University has won a $5.2 million dollar grant to conduct studies in locating genes involved with dyslexia.

The research will be led by Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, an associate professor at the Department of Pediatrics, Genetics, and Investigative Medicine at Yale. Gruen's discovery of the DCDC2 gene involved in dyslexia was named one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2005 by the journal Science.

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OH Dyslexia Law

To raise awareness about dyslexia, a Dyslexia Awareness Day Rally  is planned at the statehouse in Columbus, OH for October 1, 2009.

Most state legislators know NOTHING about dyslexia.  Please take the time to contact your local legislators to let them know about dyslexia.  

To read the details of the proposed OH Dyslexia Law click here, and then choose the Legislative Update tab.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Don't Forget Comprehension

While it is imperative that dyslexic children receive remediation in an Orton-Gillingham based, multisensory approach to language, we must not forget that dyslexic children may also struggle with comprehending what they read.

The research on what type of teaching strategy works best for teaching comprehension is inconclusive.

What we do know is that good readers:
-summarize ideas in their own words
-identify the main ideas
-self question about the ideas of the text
-use graphic and semantic organizers
-monitor their comprehension

Children must be taught how to comprehend what they read.

The Institute of Education Sciences is a leader in the research of effective comprehension strategies.