These resources were created and/or collected by Outreach staff to assist you in better understanding how to teach students with LBLD.

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    Phonology is the study of the sound systems of a language. Children with a phonological impairment, or a lack of phonological awareness, appear to have disorder in the organization of the sound system. Although their hearing is normal, they do not accurately perceive speech. Among other factors, it could be that an average speaking rate

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  • Dyslexic Advantage

    Explore the Dyslexic Advantage website and blog.  Developed by the authors of The Dyslexic Advantage, Brock and Fernette Eide, this site examines all aspects of dyslexia and the strengths and challenges that individuals with dyslexia can possess. Specifically the site is aimed to encourage individuals to reframe their thinking about dyslexia as a disability.

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  • Dyslexic Brain Function

    Understand more about dyslexic brain function in this TedED lesson by Kelli Sandman Hurley. In this short video, she outlines the neuroscience of dyslexia.  She also encourages her viewers to not think of these brain function variants as a “problem” but to celebrate all the different and fascinating ways the human brain can work.

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  • The Myth of the Normal Brain

    Explore the myth of the normal brain in this Dyslexic Advantage blog post from Edie Fernette, co-author of the Dyslexic Advantage.  She writes about neurodiversity, the idea that variations in brain function should not be categorized as a disability or illness but as a difference.  She applauds several recent papers that outline neurodiversity as something

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  • Using Nonsense Words

    Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley explores conundrum of the common practice of using nonsense words to support decoding skills in struggling readers.  She argues because the nonsense words have no context or etymology, they have no set pronunciation or meaning and this can ultimately confuse students.  She also cites a detailed example and a recent article by

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    Dyslexia Advocate: Dean Bragonier

    In this inspiring Ted Talk, Dean Bragonier, a dyslexia advocate and educator, outlines the unique mindset and often unaccounted for gifts of people with dyslexia and encourages us to reframe this perceived weakness as a powerful tool.

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    Dyslexia Takeaways

    KQED summarizes their 5 most important dyslexia takeaways from the dyslexia articles that were published last fall including some inspiring words from adults with dyslexia.  

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  • Education Myths

    This radio segment from NPR’s Science Friday explores evidence that debunks popular and persistent education myths about the way people learn, including the popular idea of the importance of learning styles.

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    Genetics, Reading, and Dyslexia

    Learn about important research related to genetics, reading, dyslexia. This summary of a study led by Yale genetic researchers and senior author Dr. Jeffrey R. Gruen – professor of pediatrics, genetics, and investigative medicine at Yale – analyzed data that provides more evidence explaining why some people struggle to learn to read. Their research also supports

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