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 Flower Does Not Bloom

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Dyslexia Is Not...


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Flower Does Not Bloom

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Kids with dyslexia can become good readers, decent spellers, and excellent writers.

But they must be taught differently.

To see a list of methods that work, click here.

Alex Won An Essay Contest

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When students finish Level 10 of the Barton System, there's no stopping them, as this mother
shared:

While I was homeschooling, I took both of my sons through all 10 levels of the Barton System.

Asher, my older son, is finishing his first year in a traditional school as a Freshman, with straight A's. His teachers often express amazement at how little his dyslexia is hindering him.

Alex, my younger son, found out he won an essay contest with a $150 cash prize the same day he finished Level 10.

From a boy who struggled to write more than a few sentences 3 years ago to an essay winner!

Many thanks to you and the Barton System.

Maureen Becker, parent
Redwood City, CA

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Channing Tatum

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Channing Tatum has dyslexia.

Many actors have it, and reading scripts is always difficult.

But their people skills are so good that they can easily "become" another person during the film.

Univ of Chicago Drops SAT / ACT

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Great news for students with dyslexia! The University of Chicago becomes the most selective university yet to join the test-optional movement.

Over 1,000 colleges have dropped the requirement for SAT / ACT test scores. These tests are no longer going to prevent students who don't test well from achieving their potential.

To see a list of those colleges, click here.

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Dyslexia Is Not...

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Bryon Pitts of ABC News

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Growing up, Byron Pitts from ABC News was bullied and struggled with his speech and reading issues.

"By age 10, 11 and 12, for most people, reading is like breathing. And I couldn"t breathe."

This is an amazing story about a determined mother - and the advice at the end is priceless.

Watch this 8-minute video all the way to the end.

Thank you, Understood.org, for this great video.

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People Do Not Understand

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A parent wrote:

My son Kody completed all ten levels of the Barton Reading & Spelling System. He is now a Junior in high school. He recently wrote this paper for English class. I wanted to share it with you.

Being 17 years old and having dyslexia may not seem like a big deal. But what I've had to do to this point in my life may be hard for others to comprehend. For most people, when they hear of someone that has a disability, they feel bad and look down on them.

People do not understand how hardworking, motivated and determined we are.

From the beginning of elementary school to third grade, I was always behind in school and not progressing like other students in my class, no matter how hard I had worked. I was then tested for dyslexia.

Being told I have a disability by my mother was really hard to accept in the beginning; however, it may have actually been one of the best parts of my life.

I finally had an explanation as to why I wasn't doing as well in school. Teachers finally would stop saying that I "wasn't trying" or that I just needed to put more effort into school.

I knew that having a disability was not going to cause me to give up. I knew that I would have to work twice as hard as everyone else.

I pushed myself throughout the rest of elementary school and through middle school, trying to get on the same level as my peers. I tried many things -- such as doing different reading programs (some that had helped amazingly, the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and others that did not), working with my teachers one-on-one outside of school, and spending every night doing four to five hours of homework when other kids would get their homework done in class.

The one goal I wanted to achieve by high school was to avoid standing out from everyone else. Going into high school, I was finally on the same level as the other kids in my grade.

To see or listen to Kody's advice for kids who have dyslexia, click here.

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