Fort Smith Students Make Gains with Seeing Stars® Instruction

Fort Smith School District in Arkansas is seeing promising results from its partnership with Lindamood-Bell during the 2017-18 school year. The partnership was initiated to address the needs of struggling readers including those with dyslexia. In an intensive intervention focused on the needs of students previously diagnosed with dyslexia, students receiving Seeing Stars® instruction made […]

 

New Dyslexia Research on Seeing Stars Intervention Published in Nature Communications

New Dyslexia Research on Seeing Stars Intervention Published in Nature Communications

Exciting new dyslexia research, titled “Rapid and Widespread White Matter Plasticity During an Intensive Reading Intervention,” was published this month in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The study, from the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at University of Washington (UW), examined growth in reading skills and white matter in school-aged, struggling readers. Diffusion MRI […]

 

A Student Sees the Stars

A Student Sees the Stars

This story was shared by Sonya Bledsoe, a Special Education teacher in Tennessee who was trained in the Seeing Stars program. I started working with Sydney when she was a first grader. She was a quiet, solemn child. Nothing came easy for her. The alphabet and sight words seemed to be a foreign language. I […]

 

Help Your Students Love History!

Help Your Students Love History!

Like many of you, I’ve had the privilege of teaching children and adults over the years. Time and again, when I asked my students what they visualized for history, I was met with a blank stare. Not only did these students have difficulty visualizing and comprehending language, but they also had enormous information gaps. Many […]

 

High Flyer Spotlight: Lindamood-Bell for Schools Division

High Flyer Spotlight: Lindamood-Bell for Schools Division

What are the real keys to success in helping schools improve, and sustain, effective teaching and learning practices?  Through its partnerships with schools, Lindamood-Bell is helping to identify those factors to improve student outcomes. Chris Mayberry, Manager of Development for Lindamood-Bell® for Schools, recently paid a visit to Cañon City School District in Colorado to […]

 

Celebrate World Autism Month

Celebrate World Autism Month

Every April, Autism Speaks kicks off World Autism Month with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. On April 2, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes, and communities around the world “light it up blue” in recognition of people living with autism. This day is followed by autism-friendly events and educational activities that take […]

 

Learning Leap

Learning Leap

My daughter struggled with identifying letters and matching them to sounds. She repeated Kindergarten twice to help her catch up on both reading and writing. During a parent/teacher conference, her teacher showed me her rendition of the alphabet. My daughter had stopped at the letter B and just drew faces in the boxes where each […]

 

Word Problems Made Easy

Word Problems Made Easy

Why can’t everyone think with numbers?  What cognitive processes do some have that others do not?  Some individuals easily understand the concepts underlying math processes.  They quickly perform math calculations, mentally or on paper, and have an innate sense of whether or not an answer is correct.  But for others math is an illogical enemy, filled with random memorization.  For those who “get math,” the language of numbers turns into imagery and they “see” mathematical relationships.  They use an internal language, with imagery, that lets them calculate and verify mathematics, and see its [...]

 

Special Education: Revolving Door or Trap Door?

Special Education: Revolving Door or Trap Door?

I once heard former Assistant Secretary of Education Dr. Robert Pasternack talk about how special education services had become a trap door for students. Rather than a revolving door, where they could come in, get remediated, and exit, the new norm seemed to be a life sentence of interventions that didn’t work. I thought about this recently when one of our students exited special education after receiving the precise help he desperately needed. Through a literacy grant from the Colorado Department of Education, our district was able to partner with Lindamood-Bell to bring in programs that remediate reading difficulties and disabilities. I’m proud to say that we can truly offer a path for students to get out of special education and succeed academically. Here is one success story from many that we’ve experienced:

 

Discovering How Reading Intervention Changes the Brains of Children With Dyslexia

Discovering How Reading Intervention Changes the Brains of Children With Dyslexia

University of Washington researchers are studying the effects of the Seeing Stars® program.

Researchers from the University of Washington are in the midst of a study using the Seeing Stars® intervention to better understand the underlying mechanisms of dyslexia. Typical interventions for dyslexics involve strategies to help struggling readers compensate. And while there are many programs and strategies that improve specific reading skills, such as phonemic awareness and […]

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