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Video games ‘help reading in children with dyslexia’ [BBC News, 28 February 2013]

Playing video games may help children with dyslexia improve their reading skills, research suggests.

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My Dyslexic Mind – A Newsround Special [BBC, 7 January 2013]

About one in every 10 children has dyslexia. There’s probably somebody in your class with it – but do you know what it is? My Dyslexic Mind explores what dyslexia is and some of the ways it affects children.

The show’s presented by 12-year-old Ben, who really struggled at school until he found out he had dyslexia. It’s a learning disability, which means reading and writing are harder than for other kids. It also affects his memory.

As part of the show Ben meets Dominic – one half of Dick and Dom. He only found out he had Dyslexia when he was 15. He says it’s been good for him, because it’s pushed him forward to being a great TV presenter!

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Adults with dyslexia improve when pushed to read faster [Nature, 12 February 2013]

People with dyslexia are often taught to work through reading by ‘slowing down and sounding it out’. Results from a computerized training program, however, suggest that ‘hurrying up and getting on with it’ might be a better practice. Accelerated training could improve both reading fluency and comprehension, with lasting benefits.

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EBacc ‘could marginalise’ pupils with learning difficulties such as dyslexia’ [The Guardian, 18 September 2012]

Michael Gove’s plans for English Baccalaureate examinations to replace GCSEs could discriminate against teenagers with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, it has been claimed.

The British Dyslexia Association said a renewed emphasis on exams rather than coursework and the breaking of two-year studies into smaller units and the extra stress associated with once-and-for-all exams could disadvantage candidates with some learning difficulties. The changes would also damage their chances of going on to higher education.

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Biological marker for dyslexia discovered by researchers [Fox News, 20 February 2013]

Learning to read is an essential part of educational development, but the process doesn’t always go smoothly for every child.

While it’s hard to know for certain, the National Institutes of Health estimates around 15 percent of the national population may have dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder characterized by difficulty reading and processing written language. Those with dyslexia often have normal and above-average intelligence, making their condition completely unrelated to their intellect.

Many in the scientific community have theorized that a person’s biology is linked to the development of dyslexia, but the biological mechanisms have never been truly understood. But now, researchers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., have found a biological marker that could indicate when a person is struggling with reading comprehension.

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Dyslexia training for teachers needed, charity says [BBC News, 27 June 2012]

Almost two thirds of parents of dyslexic children [61%] said their child had to wait a year for help after being diagnosed, a report suggests.

Of 450 parents surveyed for the charity Dyslexia Action, 90% said teachers lacked awareness of the condition.

The charity wants dyslexia training for all teachers and a national dyslexia and literacy strategy included in the government’s special needs reforms.

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