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SF Macworld 2011 January 27-29 San Francisco Moscone Center.

This is the time of year I love; MacWorld “Expo” Stats: January 27-29 San Francisco Moscone Center.


We
will be searching for the latest and greatest in Apps technology and
how it can apply to Dyslexia.TV and other applications. We already are working on an App, but
this is a rare opportunity to rub elbows with the developers themselves
since MacWorld is also focusing
on Apps. The fact Apple was not there last year allowed people to focus
on what goes in and on a Mac. You can go to a Mac Store 7 days a week and learn about Apple.
Not to mention they usually have a lot of things deeply discounted. Last
year I got a $150.00 Sennheiser headphones for $75.00! Programs are
usually at a steal. It’s not to be missed. Sometimes you can even win
one. You will learn a great deal. Instead of looking at a box wondering
if it’s something you want, there might be 3 versions by the time you
get from one end of the room to the next. You get to see it, feel it, and
ask questions. They even have set up living rooms where you can sit in
and listen to stereo systems you might want to buy. Stand by tomorrow I
might be getting a promotional code for “Dr. Bott” a company that sells
many of the cool products you want.

Macworld 2011 is a four day
celebration that entertains and educates. Macworld offers access to
hundreds of Apple related products and services. You will discover cool
software, hardware and accessories to use with your favorite Apple
devices.

You will also find expert advice, demonstrations and
instruction by the very people that develop these products. Macworld
conference programs feature industry leading minds, presenting cutting
edge product training on the topics you most want to learn.

Exhibitor List: See you there.
http://www.macworldexpo.com/Expo

    Since I’m a Media Professional and an Educator, I was Also I was sent an announcement about: Apps for children with special needs are showcased at the Macworld 2011 Mobile Apps showcase.

    With its 1001 ways to improve the life of any human being, the use of the iPad has also been a hot topic in the disability community. It is the combination of superb touch screen devices with the scientific knowledge and experience from a speech therapist that is making the difference for thousands of children and adults with special needs around the world. Barbara Fernandes, a speech pathologist and CEO of Smarty Ears has been developing applications for Apple devices for over one year to help children and adults with a variety of speech and language disorders to improve their communication skills and consequently their quality of life.
    
    Smarty Ears will be showcasing their most recent releases at the Macworld Expo 2011 in San Francisco. Macworld 2011 is “a four day celebration that entertains and educates. Macworld offers access to hundreds of Apple related products and services.” Source: MacworldExpo.com
    
    This year parents of children with a communication disorder such as stuttering, difficulty pronouncing words, or children that cannot communicate due to Autism or Apraxia of speech will have a chance to try out Smarty Ears apps at the Mobile Apps Showcase at the Macworld 2011. Smarty Ears wants to share with the parents and professionals that already use apple devices how this technology can help children with their communication skills.
    
 Smarty Ears will be showcasing their newest app releases. “Articulate it!” is a application designed to help parents practice pronouncing sounds with their children. Many children with articulation disorders have difficulty pronouncing specific sounds. This application gives parents a fun way for in-home pronunciation practice.
    
     Match2Say is a game also designed for children with difficulty pronouncing their sounds in the English language. Match2Say is a game that allows children to have fun while listening to high quality samples of specific sounds while learning at the same time.
    Many children with developmental disorders, such as Autism or Down’s syndrome have difficulty speaking using their own voice. Smarty Ears created an application
    called “Expressive”. With Expressive, children who may have never expressed themselves have a chance to combine pictures that will speak for them.
    At US$34.99 Expressive is one of the most affordable apps on the market and it costs a fraction of the devices it rivals, which typically cost anywhere between US$800 and US$4000.
    
    Smarty Ears, a company created in August of 2009 has been the new breakthrough in the area of speech and language therapy. They have released innovative products that combine technology and speech and language sciences, making speech therapy more affordable, fun, and greener. Smarty Ears has already released 15 products on the app Store as of January 2011 and it is expected to release at least 5 new products this spring.
    
    For more information about Smarty Ears visit http://www.smartyearsapps.com You can also contact them at support@smarty-ears.com

Peace, Stacy Poulos
http://www.dyslexia.tv/

Dyslexia TV & FreeThinkers University


Macworld Conference & Expo January 27 to 29, 2011


Macworld Conference & Expo January 27-29  2011
San Francisco CA Moscone Center

http://www.macworldexpo.com/

If it wasn’t for Macintosh, I wouldn’t be on a computer. If you’re on the fence about Mac get off it and come over to the bright side of computing experience.

Macintosh is naturally ‘dyslexic friendly’. Maybe that’s because
Steve Jobs the developer is dyslexic himself. I always rave about
Apple with good reason. It’s simple, logical, and easy to use, and it
gets better every year!

Last year we found many products that enhance
the dyslexic user. Go to MacWorld Expo and see all the vendors. IDG
puts on a great show. The Expo starts in January this year.

Exhibitors 2011
http://www.macworldexpo.com/Expo

I never pass up the opportunity to talk to the actual people who develop the programs I use, or might use. See you there. Is it January yet?

By Stacy Poulos
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Teachers, It Takes a Village of Readers Award, A Multisensory, Structured Language Training Program

Teachers; It Takes a Village of Readers Award – A multisensory, structured language training program

Ultimately someday my goal is to have reading programs specific for dyslexic’s. Not me necessarily but have FreeThinkers University fund grants to help others have them.

Today Forest Park Review reported “Garfield was recently named the winner of the “It Takes a Village of Readers Award” by the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. The award is handed out annually to only one school in the state that provides an “exemplary program for children struggling with learning to read.” By Katie Drews Editor

See article:
http://forestparkreview.com/main.asp?SectionID=1

The reading program is called “SLANT”. The SLANT System for Structured Language Training® is a research-based, multisensory, structured language training program combining professional development for teachers and systematic curriculum materials for students. I’m always attracted to the multisensory side of teaching. Teachers can see more information about the program on the SLANT site. I would love comments on your helpful discoveries for other teachers to benefit from this if it works. Or if Slant would like to elaborate about the program.
http://www.slantsystem.com/about_slant

Download your free SLANT System Short Vowel Bookmark!


By Stacy Poulos
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Hey it’s The Fonz saying it’s cool to read, Henry Winkler endorses Smart kids with LD books.

Hey it’s The Fonz saying it’s cool to read,  Henry Winkler endorses Smart kids with LD  books.

“It does not matter how you learn… You have greatness in you. Your job is to figure out what your gift is and give it to the world.”  – Henry Winkler Actor, director, producer, author, Honorary Chairman, Smart Kids with LD

It’s not news Henry Winkler’s dyslexic, he’s been an advocate for dyslexia for a long time. Today I came across this website where he endorses ‘Smart kids with LD’. Till the end of the month, they are having a read-a-thon. He suggest reading some of the books below.


Recommended books for:
Pre-K
www.smartkidswithld.org/ages-stages/pre-k/15-ways-to-help-young-readers-develop-literacy-skills

Elementary School
http://www.smartkidswithld.org/ages-stages/elementary/reading-for-pleasure-recommended-books-for-elementary-school

Middle School
http://www.smartkidswithld.org/ages-stages/middle-school

High School
http://www.smartkidswithld.org/ages-stages/high-school/books-to-expand-the-horizon-of-high-school-kids

College 
http://www.smartkidswithld.org/ages-stages/college

By Stacy Poulos
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7 Ways to help dyslexic children succeed

Rob Langston, author of The Power of Dyslexic Thinking gives some excellent helpful tips to helping a dyslexic child read, bravo Ron!

1. Full discloser is the order of the day
2. Reinforce strengths
3. Reading is hard work– at least make it interesting
4. Provide current role models
5. Assistive technology
6. Multi-sensory approach to learning at school or home
7. Provide accommodations

Read the full article on She knows the book sound like it would be a good positive approach to my dyslexic colleagues.

By Stacy Poulos
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Leo Buscaglia The Politics of Love

I have been through a lot in life like everyone has. There were elements in my life that helped me maintain a positive loving perspective no matter what I went through. My boss was a 7 step recovering gambler and had a lot of success/motivation things around the office I would listen to, today I would like to share two of them that have rippled through my life Leo Buscaglia “Politics of love” is a absolute MUST SEE!! -Anything LEO


By Stacy Poulos
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Text to Speech, On line

    

There are a lot of options in programs to have your computer read to
you and we have a few links on our resource page. Microsoft and Mac
Speech has programs that are amazing, you speak into a microphone and
it will type for you, even read back to you.

But on the go, here’s a hot tip, go to ATT’s website [link
www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php] has an on line
program you can type into, you can even pick different NATURAL voices
and languages to read back to you.

You can copy and paste a 300 character limit paragraph and have it
read back to you. I’m always amazed how many errors I catch by having
my work read back to me. Check this out!….

On line Text to Speech
http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php

Monday, October 20, 2009

By Stacy Poulos
http://www.dyslexia.tv/

Dyslexia TV & FreeThinkers University

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