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Re: [school-discuss] [slightly OT] dyslexia and the terminal
On Sat, 6 Jul 2002 15:27, s~TV wrote:
> has there been any research or experience of linux users who are dyslexic?
FOAF (Mac user) found that a *huge* monitor (equals large fonts and enough
space to use them in) helped a lot. If you have one handy, or can borrow one,
There are a range of odd things which help dyslexia. If your user was
`educated' in a public school, especially of about 10-20 years ago, they will
likely have been trained to read by a see-and-say method falsely labelled
`whole language' (real `whole language' is more about learning things in
context and is agnostic to, for example, the exact method used to teach
spelling). See-and-say (pretty much exclusively sight words) has been
correlated with some forms of dyslexia, and apparently some people have been
helped by re-training phonically. It seems to plonk the language down in
their brain in a more manageable arrangement. There is also a faux phonics
system associated with see-and-say, called `phonetics', so don't be led
astray by that.
BTW, all of this is OTToMH, I don't have any existing links handy, but Google
is your friend. For example, the Google search `dyslexia phonics'
(http://www.google.com/search?q=dyslexia+phonics) took me to, surprise,
dyslexia.org (http://www.dyslexia.org/index.shtml), which doesn't look like a
.org but does have this to say:
GREAT NEWS FOR DYSLEXICS!
Reading from Scratch, (RfS/EL) a program of science-based teaching
techniques, now makes possible grade level or higher reading.
Because brain scans have finally pin-pointed the CAUSE of dyslexia,
and if you remove the cause, the reading problem can be fixed.
A good reader uses the left side of his brain when he reads. A
dyslectic reader uses the right by mistake.
Switch the reader over to the left where the programming is built
in for reading and spelling. RfS/EL was designed to make that switch.
The previously dyslectic student can finally do academic work that
reflects his ability instead of his reading problem.
SENIOR OR JUNIOR?
There are two versions of the program, a Senior Version for 10 year
olds through adults, and a Junior Version for youngsters in the
second, third and fourth grades.
The Junior Version has slightly larger print and vocabulary and
sentences geared to younger children. Enhanced Lateralization and
the phonics presentation are the same in both.
Other interesting links from that search include:
http://www.avko.org/ (extensive and useful linkage, eg)
-> http://www.avko.org/Essays/whole_language.htm (on whole language)
http://www.dyslexia.com/qasymptoms.htm (very useful Q&A)
Phonics i snot a silver bullet, but it does enormously help the vast majority
of dyslexics in many situations.
Naturally, one has to ask (One being well kknown for putting his head in the
lion's mouth): why aren't these obviously well known principles in wide use
in our schools?