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Jan 26-29 2012 Macworld iWorld iPads Could be the missing link for dyslexics

Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco CA Moscone Center

iPads could be the missing link for a lot of dyslexics, or I like to say “Multi Dimensional FreeThinkers”. Designing material for an iPad makes you think about the multi media capabilities and how you can maximize the capabilities.   

A lot of people including myself didn’t like the idea ‘Apple’ wasn’t there last year. Really its better, you can go to a apple store 360 days a year. MacWorld and iWorld has everything that goes in and on a Mac, iPad, and iPhone and you can ask questions. Which you can’t get any day of the year any where else with so many apple products. The best part about Macworld, is the interaction with actual developers of products and demo’s of products. Face to face meetings, Q and A’s, and making connections. Usually you see a cool item on line, but your not sure if you should get it.  It’s my favorite event of the year! 

As far as I’m concerned toss out your kids video games out the window– that blow up and kill people. Get products like these that inspire creativity and imagination. I will be making a B-line to see the “ArtRage StudioPro” and Star Walk! To name a few.  (There is Pro & one for iPad)


“ArtRage Studio Pro 3.5″ Screen Shot

http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/ambientdesignstudioproknife.html

Another extremely cool app I will be checking out: “Star Walk” I can’t say enough about how I think this is so cool. My only warning is your kids might end up smarter than you

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-5-stars-astronomy/id295430577?mt=8

http://www.macworldexpo.com/ 

See you there! 

By Stacy Poulos
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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
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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!


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Dyslexic Teen, Jessica Watson is now the Youngest to Sail Around the World. She Lands in Front of the Sydney Opera House, Designed by a Dyslexic


After nearly seven months on her own, sailing around the world in the deep blue sea, days away from her finish line, Jessica Watson contemplates her “two more sleeps till the finish line!” (An Australian phrase). She’s thinking about a hot shower, fresh food and everything else! She’s more excited than if it were Christmas. 

“I think it’s going to take a fair bit longer than that for the whole ‘I’ve just sailed around the world’ thing to sink in. It’s just too big to get my head around!”  Jessica wrote on her blog. 

Although this 16-year-old says she enjoyed being away from her “annoying” brother, she also misses him. And of course her Mum and Dad. Ella’s Pink Lady, a 30 foot yacht, assisted her round-the-world trip, but not with out reminding her the dangers of such a journey. [See previous article]

Saturday, May 15, 2010 Jessica Watson sailed into Australia’s Sydney Harbor, past thousands of boats awaiting her arrival. Thousands of people lined up along the harbor, inspired by her young and unwavering bravery. From a sea of ocean and fish to a sea of people, everyone gave her a hero’s welcome. I wish I could have been there.

When you look at her journey on a map, the GPS path resembles an spike in a heart beat monitor. The sea can be unforgiving but graced Jessica with the right of passage. It was an uplifting passage to all, especially herself, and a boost for those who followed her journey. The beginning of her journey started when she didn’t feel she had a lot going for her because of her dyslexia. Her mother read her a book “The Lion’s Heart” that sparked her determination to be the next youngest to sail around the world solo. Although there is not an official ‘world record’ kept anymore (because it is to dangerous to challenge), it was about the journey. The outer journey and the inner journey.  Jesse Martin did it when he was 18, and now Jessica Watson has at 16. As everyone looks to Jessica and cheers her on, I look behind her, and the fact she rode in and was welcomed in front the most famous masterpiece in Australia, “The Sydney Opera House” designed by Jørn Utzon, also dyslexic.


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Dyslexia is Running Around Dis logic Without A Reference Point Recent Brain Research

One thing that bothered me as a child AND as a adult is how you are
constantly tested for dyslexia or really just a grade level. I found
the test in school just made me feel more insecure and humiliated.
You take them often, I think like every quarter? And it’s the same
one from elementary school, to Jr. High, to High school and believe
it or not… College! I felt they just wanted to always know, what
‘skills’ level I was at all times. After stepping away and hiding out
from the ‘Learning Assistance’ people, I was caught and forced to
take the test again if I wanted to continue on to a 4 year
University. At the time, being removed from that part of the system
for so long, I thought maybe things changed, heck, I’m in “College”
they have to have something better now? So I went through the
humiliating process again. After all was said and done, I thought
they would have a better sense of that “I see like this or that” or
I don’t understand certain concepts about reading or something
important. But no, what I got was what they were always looking for
from the day I flunked the second grade… a grade level. My reading
level, comprehension, etc. is so many grade levels below what it
should. I guess the only benefit at the end of the rainbow is with my
renewed certification of having a ‘Learning Disability’, that I got
more time on test, books on tape, and tutoring if I needed it. So I
don’t have a lot of respect for the process because they do not
address how we think or change how they teach. When I do come across
information I believe understands the process, I report it.

In the article ‘Freaky news about your brain may change your mind’
CNNHealth.com Elizabeth Landau suggests …”New research in the
journal Current Biology suggests that, in fact, people do tend to
walk in circles if they do not have a reference point such as the
sun…

….In one experiment, participants were taken to the Sahara Desert
and given the direction of camp, then left to wander for four hours.
In a second scenario, participants were dropped in a forest in
Germany, also given a direction, and walked for four hours…

….”Walking in a straight line is a complicated process when you
think about it from the perspective of the brain,” said Jan Souman,
researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in
Germany.

…..Their hypothesis is that, the longer people walk, their errors in
relation to a straight line build up by chance to the left or right.
This may result in a zigzag pattern. Over time, the tendencies to the
left or right may take the person in a circle.” …

….The lesson from this study is that, if you want to walk straight,
use a landmark such as a tower, mountain, or the sun to update your
direction, Souman said. If it’s life-threatening that you get to your
destination, bring a compass or a GPS. …”

The lesson for the teachers is that in processing language is the
same concept. Young Dyslexic students are not going to accept that a
‘b,d, p, and q’ are different letters. It is one letter orientated 4
different ways, that means something different in each orientation.
How crazy is this teachers and parents? Why don’t we just accept it
and move onto the next letter? Because we don’t get the dis-logic
about using the same letter and we are stuck on it. We visualize what
we think and the logic behind it. When you help us visualize it, we
get it. Then we can move on. When it comes to some of the basics like
‘b,d, p, and q’ tell us when we are stuck that the reversed
orientation of a ‘b, is a ‘d’.
                           

You may have answered the logic why
they see the ‘b’ in the ‘d’ the perspective issue but you still
didn’t completely appeal to our ‘logic’. Anyway you slice it, it’s a
gift to think three-dimensionally but not when you’re reading one
dimensional text stuck on a page. We are sensory learners. In this
article they talk about sound and smell as well. She says “… a
treatment for tone deafness might also help people with speech
disorders such as dyslexia, she said. There has been evidence that
people with dyslexia have same auditory processing problems as people
with tone deafness, she said. Her lab showed last year that children
with musical training performed better on dyslexia tests….

           

How do you help students visualize non visual words? Like the word
‘the’ I don’t know? you have to be inventive and creative. “The Gift
Of Dyslexia” By Ron Davis suggests using clay, here they illustrated
‘the’. It shows the students ‘the’ is a ‘pointing and connection
word’ that bridges the the gap and becomes logical.

Interesting Read full Story ‘Freaky news about your brain may change your mind’
CNNHealth.com by Elizabeth Landau:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/25/nostrils.tone.deaf.lost/index.html#cnnSTCText

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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.

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Charles Schwab In Learning Hurdles, Lessons for Success

                      http://dyslexia.yale.edu/images/charles_schwab.jpg

… “That’s the real problem with kids who struggle with learning …
Some kids feel like they’re stupid. I want them to know that they’re
not. They just learn differently. Once they understand that and have
the tools to learn in their individual way, then they can feel good
about themselves.”

– Charles Schwab
Read the New York Times Article click

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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


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Attitude Makes All The Difference. Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar teaches people all over the world the fundamentals of sales and success. He is someone I grew up listening and attribute my positive attitude to. Here he tells a story of a woman with a negative attitude who hated her job, shifted her attitude and changed her life. …
-Stacy Poulos

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