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August 2016

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People With Dyslexia Are

New Research

I Wish Teachers Knew

Amazed With Aidan's Progress

When Schools Screen For Dyslexia
 
5 Things Teachers Need To Know

 
Why Audio Books?
 
The Power of Yet
 
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New Research

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Same gene for dyslexia impacts auditory processing of speech sounds
Study done at UT Dallas
published July 8, 2016

A new study led by UT Dallas researchers shows that a gene associated with dyslexia may interfere with the processing of speech, ultimately leading to reading problems that are characteristic of the disorder.

While previous studies have tied the DCDC2 gene to dyslexia, Dr. Michael Kilgard, a neuroscientist at UT Dallas and one of the study's co-authors, said the new findings are the first to demonstrate that the gene is required for normal auditory processing of complex speech.

According to Kilgard, there are two theories about the cause of dyslexia: a visual or memory theory, and the auditory theory. "This study puts more weight on the side of the auditory theory," he said.

"We now have evidence that strongly suggests that people with dyslexia don't actually hear all of the sounds they need to hear," said Kilgard, who is the Margaret Fonde Jonsson Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and the associate director of the Texas Biomedical Device Center.

Click here to read the entire article.

 

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I Wish Teachers Knew

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Amazed With Aidan's Progress

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The reading skills of children with dyslexia will greatly improve when they get the right type of instruction, as this parent shares:

I am a homeschooling mother of six, and I have been tutoring my ten-year- old fourth grader Aidan for two years now using your program. We are currently on Level 6, Lesson 12.

Last month, my children and I met with our Florida Certified Home School Evaluator. She is both a Florida teacher and home schooling mom as well. She has been evaluating Aidan and my other children over the past three years for our annual evaluation due to the county.

She was so amazed with Aidan's progress. She asked him to read from her testing materials, and he read and comprehended all questions asked of him for grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. She believed he could probably have continued reading through eighth grade and above as well!

As I sat listening to him, I was brought to tears.

When we started two years ago, Aidan was the one in tears, and I was at a loss of how to approach his needs.

Aidan is now able to read all assigned book report books for his Seton Home Study School Curriculum, and he is independently reading all instructions and lessons in his workbooks on his own.

I must admit that when I read the reviews on your website and ordered my first level of materials, I was skeptical. Now that I have taught the Barton System and have seen my son excel using your system, I have been recommending it to other home schooling mothers who have children with dyslexia.

You have truly created a program that works! I guess the best way to describe my overall experience is that I feel like my child was deaf or blind and can now hear or see!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mary Beth Cyr
Milton, FL

 

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When Schools Screen For Dyslexia

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Arkansas passed a dyslexia law several years ago that require public schools to screen for dyslexia, and then provide the right intervention.

Not all schools in Arkansas are doing that properly – yet.

But many are working on it – and that's a step in the right direction.

Flippin schools are doing it well – and getting great results.

Watch the video in this article to hear about the great results at Flippin schools.

 

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5 Things Teachers Need To Know

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5 Things Teachers Need To Know About Dyslexic Students
by Jo Rees
Dyslexia Specialist in the U.K.

Her article explains each of these 5 points.

1. What you see is NOT what you get

2. Dyslexics are their own hardest critics

3. A daily 20 minute intervention will not fix it

4. Kids with dyslexia are afraid to take risks in the classroom

5. They often won't tell you that they don't understand

Click here to read her article.

 

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Why Audio Books?

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Why your child should listen to audio books
by Diana Kennedy
Educational Therapist

One of the first conversations I have with my parents of dyslexic kids is "And your child should be listening to audio books."

Almost like clockwork, they respond, "But I want to make sure she still learns to read."

Maybe this is a concern you struggle with right now. Let me help allay your fears.

Children with dyslexia can comprehend books that they hear at a much higher level than they can read.

So, to keep developing their oral language, including their vocabulary and their understanding of literary syntax, they need exposure to books at their oral comprehension level, rather than being limited to books they can read independently.

Click here to read the rest of this article.

By the way, Susan Barton can help parents of Barton students get a membership in Learning Ally, the largest provider of audio textbooks (as well as literature and fun books) recorded with human voices (not robots). Click here if your child is a Barton student and you want a Learning Ally membership.

 

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The Power of Yet

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I do not know who created this poster, but I love it.
 

 

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For Barton Tutors

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Barton Tiles App for VPP

If your school has so many iPads that they have a VPP (Volume Purchase Plan) account with Apple, and your school has a site license for the Barton System, the VPP version of our Barton Tiles App is now available.

Click here to details on how to access the VPP version of the Barton Tiles App.

 

Brand New: Foundation in Sounds

Foundation in Sounds™ is designed for parents, tutors, teachers, and other professionals who want to use the Barton Reading & Spelling System, but their students could not pass Part C of the Barton Screening.

Foundation in Sounds™ is an easy-to-use program for students of all ages. It improves a student's auditory discrimination, auditory memory size, and auditory sequencing skills.

After a student finishes all 12 lessons in Foundation in Sounds™, he or she will be able to pass Part C of the Barton Student Screening.

To learn more about this parent-friendly LiPS alternative, click here, or call Rick or Lisa Weaver, the founders of Educational Adventures in Colorado, at 719-476-0189.
 

 

 

 

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