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2013 Dyslexia

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How is our Nation changing to meet the needs of dyslexic students?

What can we do as educators, as parents, as a team to help them learn and succeed?

Below you will find some great tips, downloads, and the newest ideas.....


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Dyslexia Myths

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New Books

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan
A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence
and Love of Learning
by Ben Foss

This book is going to revolutionize how we talk about, and deal with, dyslexia.

There have only been a few books that excited Susan Barton so much that she stayed up all night to read them. This is one of those very rare books.

Ben Foss, a successful adult with severe dyslexia, shares facts, advice, and strategies along with stories from his own life - and those of more than 400 other adults with dyslexia he has interviewed in the past few years - to create a blueprint for parents.

His theme is a child with dyslexia is not broken.

Parents must take a very active role in helping their child accept, understand, and embrace their dyslexia - so their child does not end up suffering from severe shame caused by feeling defective.

How? He starts by forcing parents to face and deal with their own fears and myths.

Then he shows them how to empower their child to dream big, deal with the school system, balance tutoring with accommodations and technology tools, become part of the dyslexia community - and so much more.

Released on August 27, this ground-breaking book is available in print, as a Kindle ebook, and on audio. To order it on Amazon, click here.

To learn more about Ben Foss, click here.


Survival Guide for College-Bound LD Students
by David Carson

Great new book for college bound students with dyslexia - or other learning disabilities.

In the first half, short mini-chapters describe the author's own difficulties with school and college.

The second half is the best collection of practical, step-by-step advice for college students with dyslexia Susan Barton has ever seen. It includes tips on how to study, test taking strategies, how to interview professors before signing up for their classes, and much more.

David's advice comes from years as an advisor in college LD Support Centers - and his own college struggles.

You can learn more, and buy, David Carson's self-published book by clicking here.


New Movie

Embracing Dyslexia
By Luis Macias

Dyslexia is misunderstood in the one place it can least afford to be - our schools. Embracing Dyslexia sets out to change this by weaving together interviews with parents, educators, researchers, experts, and adult dyslexics.

Parents share emotional stories of their anxiety and frustration over failing to understand why their children struggled with reading, writing, and spelling and the life-altering impact the word dyslexia had on their lives.

Adults speak candidly about their dyslexia, sharing the struggles and successes of their school years and their adult lives.

Experts and educators define what dyslexia is and why early dyslexia screening is vital for all children.

The world premiere of this movie was Saturday, August 28, in Elgin, Illinois.

You can watch it, for free, starting September 2, on this website: www.EmbracingDyslexia.com.

You can watch their 4-minute trailer right now by clicking here.


New Research

Tracking Dyslexia in the Preschool Brain
by Karen Weintraub
published August 14, 2013
on www.CommonHealth.wbur.org

Roughly one child in 10 will struggle to learn to read, but no one can tell which one until he or she starts to fall seriously behind.

At that point - often in 3rd grade - they've already taken a hit to their self-esteem, and they're too old for early intervention that can make the biggest difference.

This conundrum has troubled MIT professor John Gabrieli for years.

Previously, researchers weren't sure whether the differences they saw in the fMRI brain scans of people with dyslexia were causes of the condition, or effects of their struggle to read.

Today, the neuroscientist and his colleagues published a study in the Journal of Neuroscience showing that brain scans of kindergartners at risk for dyslexia also had less robust connections between two key language areas on the left side of the brain.

That Gabrieli's group could see the distinction in children too young to read shows that their brain differences predate reading problems.

His ultimate hope, of course, is to use these differences to identify children before they begin to struggle, and get them into early intervention programs.

To read the entire article, click here.


Vision, Dyslexia Not Linked: New Study
by Dennis Thompson
published June 6, 2013
on www.webmd.com

A new brain imaging study rules out one potential cause of dyslexia, finding that vision problems do not lead to the common reading disorder.

They found that children without dyslexia have the same level of visual processing activity as dyslexic kids, when matched by reading level instead of age.

Further, children with dyslexia who received intensive tutoring in reading skills experienced a subsequent increase in visual system activity. So improved visual processing activity results from improved reading.

This new research could have a wide-ranging impact on the detection and treatment of dyslexia, said senior study author Guinevere Eden, director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center. The study appears June 6 in the journal Neuron.

"This means you should not focus on the visual system as a way to diagnose dyslexia or treat dyslexia," Eden said.

To read the entire article, click here.


Video: Brain Scans Show Improved Brain Activity
from the PBS series: Launching Young Readers
on www.ReadingRockets.org

At the University of Texas-Houston, Dr. Papanicolau uses technology to show eight-year-old Peter Oathout his difficulties with reading are rooted in his brain.

Before tutoring, his brain signals "took the long winding country road" when reading. After a year of tutoring, his brain signals were taking the highway.

Watch this 6 minute video, then share it with teachers and children with dyslexia. To watch it, click here.


New 5-minute TedEd Video
by Kelli Sandman-Hurley
Dyslexia Specialist and Advocate

Kelli Sandman-Hurley, a dyslexia specialist and advocate, worked with Ted-Ed animators to create this 5-minute video that shares some of the brain differences in people with dyslexia that cause them to read slowly and spell poorly. She explains the concept of "neurodiversity," while sharing the strengths that come with dyslexia - and shows how the brain changes after the right type of intervention.

To watch that 5-minute Ted-Ed video, click here.

For more research articles on dyslexia and the brain, click here.


Research-Based Intervention

Independent scientific replicated research supports the use of an Orton-Gillingham based system as "most effective" for students known or suspected of having dyslexia.

To learn what makes the Orton-Gillingham different, click here.

For a list of the most well-known Orton-Gillingham based systems, click here.

The Barton Reading & Spelling System is one of the best Orton-Gillingham based systems. To learn more, click here.

Does it really work? Yes! This parent shared:

I started tutoring my 10 year old son about a year ago after he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He was falling through the cracks of the educational system because the testing done by his school showed his scores were not low enough for an IEP.

He is currently in the middle of Level 4 and doing well. He actually took a book to bed last night and read two chapters. :-)

We do MAP testing in Minnesota 3 times a year. Last spring, he was in the 20th percentile. This spring, he jumped to the 47th percentile.

Heather Smythe, parent
White Bear Lake, MN

Yes! This Special Ed teacher shared:

I took 2 students through Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Barton System this past year. After only 9 months of Barton tutoring:

In the Reading Comprehension strand for STAR, one student's score improved from 47% to 93%. For the same strand, the other student improved from 67% to 80%.

At my school, we also assess using Fountas & Pinnell, which measures fluency, reading rate, and comprehension - all at very deep levels. One student moved from Level M to Q. The other moved from Level M to S.

Julie Holcomb, Special Education Teacher
Alamo Elementary School
Alamo, CA

Yes! This Dyslexia Coordinator for a public school district shared:

We have four different grade 3 through 5 schools in our district. The school that put the most students into the Barton System made the highest ranking out of all four schools.

In fact, one of my own Barton students had the highest growth out of all 450 students in those 4 schools combined. That student had a 31-point growth on his Spring 2013 MCTX Language score.

Cepia Buchanan, Dyslexia Coordinator
Tupelo School District
Tupelo, MS

To convince your principal to start a pilot program or an Early Intervention Program using the Barton System, take a look at our new step-by-step guide.

So yes, the Barton System can be effective in a school setting - if the school uses it as designed, which is often called "with fidelity." If you are not sure your school is using it correctly, download our Barton Fidelity Checklist.

If Barton tutoring is not yet offered at your child's school, hire a Certified Barton Tutor to work with your child after school. To find out if there are any in your area, click here.

If not, some Certified Barton Tutors now provide remote tutoring over the internet. For a list of those professionals, click here.

Or you can tutor your own child using the Barton System. To learn how, click here.

Some parents, who begin by tutoring their own child using the Barton System, later become professional tutors, as this mother shared.

I never intended to tutor other people's children, but they saw how successfully my own children were reading. So, I am suddenly up to my eyeballs in requests.

Jodi Schreiber, homeschool parent
Billings, MT

For advice on using the Barton System in a homeschool setting, click here.


New Dyslexia Laws

New Jersey Formally Recognizes Dyslexia
by John Mooney
published August 13, 2013
on www.njsportlight.com

After years of lobbying and organizing among families and advocates, Govenor Chris Christie has signed two bills intended to make it easier to identify dyslexic students and to improve the training their teachers receive.

On Wednesday, Christie signed a law that requires districts to provide at least two hours of training in dyslexia and other reading disorders to every general education teacher in grades pre-K through 3 and special education and reading teachers.

On Friday, he signed a second law that requires the International Dyslexia Association definition of the disorder be specifically written into special education code as one of the disabilities that must be recognized.

But the one that would require screening all first-graders for dyslexia and other reading disorders remains pending in the Legislature, its passage not yet assured.

To read the entire article, click here.


PA lawmakers unveil dyslexia screening initiative
by Myles Snyder
published June 5, 2013
on www. abc27.com

These 2 bills would create a dyslexia pilot program in 3 school districts. Those districts would screen for dyslexia characteristics in the early grades, and then the schools would provide appropriate intervention.

It's a starting point. Go, Pennsylvania !!!!

On Friday, he signed a second law that requires the International Dyslexia Association definition of the disorder be specifically written into special education code as one of the disabilities that must be recognized.

To read the entire article, click here.


New: Common Core

Most states are scrambling to ensure that both their general education curriculum and their RTI interventions follow the new Common Core Standards.

The Barton Reading & Spelling System teaches and supports the Common Core Standards.

To see the exact Common Core standards that are taught in each lesson in Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Barton System, click here.

If you need that document later, the first page of the Barton Reading & Spelling System website has a link to it.


New: Barton Tiles App

If you have an iPad, you will save at least 10 minutes in each tutoring session when you our Barton Tiles app.

As Carol McGurk, a Certified Barton Tutor at the Masters Level, shared:

Nothing but positive comments from my students about the Barton Tiles app. We are moving through more material in a session because pulling down the tiles is so easy and cleanup is just a push of the button. Bravo!!!!

After Ethan, a sixth grader, began using the tiles for a few minutes, he turned to me with a huge smile on his face and said, "I'm going to be so much more motivated!"

And it's more than just tiles on your iPad. It's a complete student tracking system.

To watch demo videos of this app, go to www.BartonTiles.com. There are several videos on that page. Scroll down to see them all.

For answers to the most commonly asked questions, check our FAQ page.

Or watch our Step-by-Step videos for each feature in the app.


New Webinars

Susan Barton will be the guest speaker on a Dyslexic Advantage webinar on September 18 at 5:30 California time. Susan's topic is Phonemic Awareness and Dyslexia.

The webinar is limited to members of the Dyslexic Advantage group. To become a member, which is free, click here.

That webinar will be recorded and made available to everyone as a YouTube video.

Susan Barton will also be the guest speaker on a Learning Ally webinar on November 12 at 10 a.m. California time. Her topic: Myths About Dyslexia. To sign up, for free, click here, the click on Free Webinars, and scroll down a bit.

This, too, will be recorded and made available on Learning Ally's website.

Susan Barton will also be giving free live presentations about dyslexia in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, Ottawa, Washington, Winnipeg, and Victoria this fall. For a list of dates and locations, click here.


Keep Up With The Latest

Susan Barton posts the latest news, research, webinars, and other items related to dyslexia on her popular Facebook page.

To get her posts to appear on your Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/SusanBartonDyslexia,
then click on the Like button.

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School is Starting

Navigating School with a Dyslexic Child: One Mom's Story

by Kyle Redford
published November 5, 2012
on www.huffingtonpost.com

It is often said that behind every successful dyslexic is an invested and persistent mother (or parent). Not only do I fit the description, but I taught at my son's school until he was in eighth grade. Yet despite these and other unique advantages, my son's educational journey was still extraordinarily difficult.

My son, Dylan, like many other dyslexic children, went to great lengths to disguise his challenges. He employed his excellent oral vocabulary, sophisticated humor and emotional intelligence to keep us all distracted from the thing that privately shamed and haunted him: Dylan thought he was stupid.

When Dylan could not learn to read in first grade, even with the help of my tortuous nighttime supplementary reading lessons, we had him tested. When we asked the evaluator if Dylan was dyslexic, she dismissed us by explaining that he was much too young for such a diagnosis and that we would have to wait until third grade.

But that's not true. To read the rest of this article, click here.


Students with Dyslexia need 4 Things

Susan Barton believes a student with dyslexia needs 4 things:

1. To be identified - or at least suspected

Dyslexia comes with classic warning signs, which this mom describes:

Linda is about to start second grade, and I am so worried.

Linda has ALL the classic warning signs! Some I didn't even know were signs until I watched your video.

She used to say "teanut butter," "Janjuary,", and "Yew Nork." It was cute back then.

She had two sets of tubes and had her adenoids out at 2.

At the end of kindergarten, the teacher said Linda could not write her ABCs on the assessment. She left out 7 letters. And Linda could not figure out which letters she had left out - not even when she sang the song.

Despite tutoring with the teacher the entire summer before first grade - no improvement. We read a book that had the word "star" in it at least 15 times. Linda read it correctly 14 out of 15 times, but on the last page, she could not read that word. I was flabbergasted!

Writing is such a chore. She definitely has dysgraphia.

And don't even ask me how many hours a week we waste trying to memorize the weekly spelling list.

Toward the end of first grade, I had her tested at school for a learning disability. Her IQ is 120. She tested in the 99th percentile in verbal comprehension and perceptual reasoning, but only the 42nd percentile in working memory, and the 13th percentile in processing speed. The school psychologist claimed that meant she was not dyslexic. He noticed her writing difficulties, but said Linda just needed to practice more.

This summer, I had Linda work with a reading specialist 3 days a week. It seemed to help a little. Linda is currently signed up to start with this reading specialist again when she starts second grade - next week.

Her latest "incident" has been trying to learn our phone number. Through her tears, Linda tried for 30 minutes to learn it. We sang songs, tried clapping it, etc. Nothing helped her remember it. She doesn't know our address, either.

Does this sound like dyslexia to you?

Yes, it surely does. Parents, the most obvious warning sign of dyslexia is significant and persistent difficulty with spelling - when writing sentences and stories. And to see how spelling problems continue to haunt adults with dyslexia, click here.

The best way to learn whether your child might have dyslexia is to watch my free on-line video called Dyslexia: Symptoms & Solutions.

After watching it, if you suspect dyslexia, you can hire a professional to test or screen your child. For a list of professionals in your area, click here.

Or if you are convinced, go directly to step 2.


2. Accommodations

Parents, to cut homework time in half - and get rid of the nightly homework wars - provide 3 accommodations during homework time. Don't ask the teacher for permission. Just go ahead and provide them. For an email with those 3 accommodations, click here.

Teachers, please provide some simple, free, easy-to-provide classroom accommodations to students you know or suspect have dyslexia - so they won't be afraid to come to school, and so they can learn and prove their knowledge even though they are not yet reading, spelling, or writing at grade level. To learn more, watch my free on-line video called Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexic Students.

Parents, if your child's teacher does not read this newsletter, you will have to take the lead and ask the teacher to provide the 4 or 5 most important accommodations. To learn how Susan Barton recommends you do that, click here.


3. The right type of tutoring

Their reading, spelling, and writing skills will improve with the right type of tutoring, which parents can provide themselves, as this parent shared:

My son is 7 and going into 2nd grade. He was struggling a lot with reading in first grade.

After repeatedly voicing my concerns to his teachers, starting in Kindergarten, he was finally evaluated at the end of first grade. The teachers acknowledged that his reading problems were real, but they refused to say it was dyslexia. They said "dyslexia" is an outdated term. This came from a very reputable school district on Long Island, NY.

Rather than spend time fighting with the school system, I decided to take matters into my hands and do something that would truly help him.

So I bought the Barton Reading System and started tutoring him myself. I'm so glad I did!

After 3 months, we finished Level 3. It was hard work. I had to repeat some lessons several times. But the results are truly amazing.

Watching my son go from a nonreader to a beginning reader is remarkable. I'm thrilled!

Lei Hoon See, parent
Dix Hills, NY

To learn how to tutor your own child, click here.

If you would prefer to hire a Certified Barton Tutor, click here to get a list for your area.


4. Technology Tools

Technology tools allow students to bypass their weak reading, spelling and writing skills - and do more work independently.

For a list of Susan Barton's favorite technology tools, click here.

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For Barton Tutors

Barton Tutor Certification Dates

Susan Barton will conduct 4 Tutor Certification testing sessions this fall:

Saturday, September 28 - Portland, OR

Saturday, October 26 - Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, November 3 - Little Rock, AR

Saturday, November 9 - New Orleans, LA

To sign up, click here to download the registration form, or call our office at 408-559-3652.

Susan Barton will not hold an Advanced or Masters certification session until next spring.


Barton Tiles App

We released the Barton Tiles app for the iPad in early June. Tutors and students LOVE it!

Some Barton tutors even bought an original iPad, (often called 1st generation, on eBay, for about $150) just to use this app - because it saves them so much time.

To see what they're saying, click here.

To watch demo videos of this app, go to www.BartonTiles.com. There are several videos on that page. Scroll down to see them all.

Or watch our Step-by-Step videos for each feature in the app.

For answers to the most commonly asked questions, check our FAQ page.


Other Apps for Barton Students

Now that Barton tutors have iPads, they are sharing their favorite apps for reinforcing skills taught during Barton lessons. Here are 3 favorites.

For Kindergarten, first or second graders in Level 2:

Sound Beginnings
A fun way to practice spelling. Hint: tap on the picture first - to hear the word.

To download this free app, click here.

For older students, in any level:

A+ Spelling
A tutor can enter and record the words on the Barton Weekly Spelling Tests in her own voice.

Students can either practice those words using three different built-in activities, or they can take the spelling test independently - and email the results to their teacher or tutor.

To download this free app, click here.

Spelling City
Some tutors prefer this app because it offers more activities per word list, and the activities are more "game like." But it is much more complicated to enter your own list.

Students can either practice those words using three different built-in activities, or they can take the spelling test independently - and email the results to their teacher or tutor.

To download this free app, that has extra cost features, click here.


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