Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Reading Research, Explaining LDs, Resources

HOW THE MIND WORKS DURING READING. According to a press release about new research from the University of California/Davis, neuroscientists have come up with a way to observe brain activity during natural reading. It’s the first time researchers have been able to study the brain while reading actual texts, instead of individual words. The research combines eye tracking with fMRIs. By providing a window into brain activity during natural reading, the technique allows researchers to look at unanswered questions such as whether language and grammar are handled by a specific part of the brain, and whether the brain anticipates upcoming words as we read. These discoveries would have implications not just for human psychology but also for artificial intelligence and for understanding dyslexia. Find the press release.

HAPPY 100TH, BEVERLY CLEARY. If you've ever read books starring Ramona Quimby to your bright kiddos, you're probably a fan of Beverly Cleary, who turns 100 today. According to The Washington Post, author Cleary says “I thought like Ramona, but I was a very well-behaved little girl.” Read more.

UNDERSTOOD.ORG CHATS. The organization Understood has a couple chats on topic potentially of interest to readers here. On Wednesday, April 13, is a Twitter chat titled "Advocacy in Action at IEP Meetings"; find out more. On the following day is a chat at the site of Understood titled "Changes to Your Child's IEP or 504 Plan"; find out more.

DEMYSTIFICATION. LD Online, in its latest newsletter, features an article titled "Helping Students Understand and Accept their Learning Disabilities: The Demystification Conference." The article describes how one school for high-potential students with LDs provides such a conference annually to "offer students facts about their learning disabilities, demystify the medical terms which they might have heard, and enable them to understand the challenges it can cause and the strengths it can bring." Find the article.

EDREV. This coming Saturday in San Francisco the Parents Education Network and Understood are presenting EdRev 2016, called "a unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them." EdRev stands for Education Revolution. Some of the speakers will be familiar to readers of 2e Newsletter, for example Paul Beljan and Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide. Find out more.

IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. If you're lucky enough to live in Orange County and lucky enough to have a 2e kiddo, know that Reid Day School in Costa Mesa is hosting an open house this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. for interested families. Currently the school offers programs for 2e students in grades 1-6. Find out more.

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