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Reading and IQ

I’m going to start with the bottom line:  Measure of dyslexia and IQ diverge over time.  In non-struggling readers, the interaction between IQ and reading ability essentially remains stable during your lifetime.  For struggling readers (our dyslexic folks), there is a widening gap over time where IQ remains stable but reading skills tend to fall

How to read a research article

As you navigate through the Resources and Support section of my website, you’ll see that I am adding many scientific research articles for your review. I’m well aware that some of us will feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the idea of diving into research papers. But you can do it! First, recognize that outside of

Launch of True Literacy Will Bring Research-Based Best Practices to Educators and Parents Across India and flagship Dyslexia Training Program will help educators and parents address needs of students with dyslexia and other learning differences DELHI, INDIA, December 5, 2019 / — True Literacy, the leading destination for up-to-date information, knowledge, and solutions to improve literacy teaching and learning throughout India, today announced the launch of its new website at

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Shawna Pope Jefferson: My journey as a speech-language pathologist and learning specialist!

Please join me in welcoming Shawna Pope Jefferson, MS/CCC/SLP as my guest blogger this week.  Shawna is the founder of Language and Literacy Solutions; In her blog piece for True Literacy she tells the story of her journey as a learning specialist and the powerful intervention she relies on called Structured Word Inquiry

10 years old Dipa  and 12 years old Laboni  study in class two at Studying at UNIQUE CHILD LEARNING CENTRE. Mirpur

Embracing Dyslexia: Crossing the Chasm and Saving Lives

Although decades of research has led to notable improvements in the interventions used to address the challenges of dyslexia and other learning difficulties in the classroom, this community of students continue to struggle with the social and emotional burdens of these “invisible” disabilities. Discover the disconnect between our current education system and the academic, social,

Interview with Rachel Berger: Free Ed Tech Tools from MicroSoft

Discover how Microsoft’s enhanced dictation tool is helping to eliminate barriers to academic success for students with learning difficulties. In his first video column, Dr. Michael Hart welcomes Rachel Berger, a Microsoft Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Community Consultant, to share a brief history about Microsoft’s involvement in developing more assistive edtech tools, provide a demonstration

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Dyslexia vs. ADHD: An intro to the differences

At a biological level, dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are different in terms of how the diagnosed person’s brain is wired. Simply put, dyslexia is a language-based learning issue that specifically impacts how well and how quickly a person becomes a proficient reader. ADHD is different in terms of the parts of brain

Your Struggling Reader Has Been Evaluated. Now What?

In this article, Dr. Michael Hart provides a breakdown of the four key components—information gathering, intellectual testing, academic testing, and an assessment of cognitive and language processing—for a standard educational evaluation. With a deeper understanding of these evaluations, parents are better equipped to work with schools to use the results to help inform actionable items

Literacy Instruction Spotlight: Structured Literacy

This spotlight series aims to share the leading approaches to reading instruction.  The research is clear that students learn best when reading interventions are explicit, systematic, intensive, and multisensory. However, traditional reading instruction (like Guided Reading and Balanced Instruction) have failed to meet the needs of those diagnosed with dyslexia. And since the majority of