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Reading and Reading Difficulties

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Dec'16

The Right to Read, Chapter 6: At the Crossroads

"The Right to Read" is no longer for sale, but Part One of this book can now be read online!... It has always been typical of the human being that he wants an explanation for most phenomena he encounters. Having an explanation greatly contributes to his sense of security. This desire is so great that, if he comes across a phenomenon for which he cannot find a reasonable and a rational explanation, he will fabricate one himself.

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Nov'16

The Right to Read, Chapter 5: Intervention

"The Right to Read" is no longer for sale, but Part One of this book can now be read online!... Soon after the “discovery” of learning disabilities in the 1960s, remedial programs of different types were under way, ranging from small one-enthusiastic-teacher size programs to large, nationally funded ones. However, a disappointing shock came to many special educators in the U.S.A. when the President's Report to Congress, reported by Nixon in 1970 in American Education, stated its findings.

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Nov'16

The Right to Read, Chapter 4: LD or not LD?

"The Right to Read" is no longer for sale, but Part One of this book can now be read online!... One could probably fill a vast library if one would put together all the research studies that attempted to prove that a learning disability is caused by either a neurological dysfunction, or that it is a genetically transferred disorder.

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Nov'16

The Right to Read, Chapter 3: Brains, Genes and Education

"The Right to Read" is no longer for sale, but Part One of this book can now be read online!... One could probably fill a vast library if one would put together all the research studies that attempted to prove that a learning disability is caused by either a neurological dysfunction, or that it is a genetically transferred disorder.

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Nov'16

The Right to Read, Chapter 2: Birth of a Syndrome

"The Right to Read" is no longer for sale, but Part One of this book can now be read online!... On Saturday, April 6, 1963, a new disease was invented in Chicago, Illinois, that over the next twenty years would slowly begin to infect millions of schoolchildren nationwide. This was no simple virus or common bacteria. Hidden deep within the neurological system, it resisted detection by medical personnel, evaded clear diagnosis through testing, and had no discernible cure...

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Nov'16

The Right to Read, Chapter 1: The Keys to the Kingdom

"The Right to Read" is no longer for sale, but Part One of this book can now be read online!... The term dyslexia was introduced in 1884 by the German ophthalmologist, R. Berlin. He coined it from the Greek words dys meaning ill or difficult and lexis meaning word, and used it to describe a specific disturbance of reading in the absence of pathological conditions in the visual organs.2 In a later publication, in 1887, Berlin stated that dyslexia, “presuming right handedness,” is caused by a left-sided cerebral lesion...

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Nov'16

What Is Automaticity? Why Is It Important for Reading and Learning?

Acquisition of a new skill is generally associated with a decrease in the need for effortful control over performance, leading to the development of automaticity. Automaticity by definition has been achieved when performance of a primary task is minimally affected by other ongoing tasks.

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Nov'16

Brain ‘Reads’ Sentences the Same in English, Portuguese

When the brain "reads" or decodes a sentence in English or Portuguese, its neural activation patterns are the same, new research shows. The study is the first to show that different languages have similar neural signatures for describing events and scenes.

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Oct'16

Spelling Help for Kids with Spelling Difficulties

Learners with reading difficulties usually have problems in spelling as well, and oftentimes have more severe deficits in spelling than in reading, according to Hallahan et al. in Introduction to Learning Disabilities. In reading, context and other cues help one to decode a word, but in spelling, one must produce the word after hearing or thinking it.

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Oct'16

When Is My Child Ready for Reading?

The concept reading readiness appears to have been introduced in the United States in a publication of the National Society for the Study of Education in 1925. The concept was based on the notion that a child’s readiness to cope with specified learning tasks is fundamentally a process of maturation, and that the process of maturation could not be appreciably speeded up. The role of learning was considered to play only a supportive role...

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