Who owns the word ‘Dyslexia’?

Is it the American based International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the London based British Dyslexia Association (BDA), visual processing specialists, educational psychologists, optometrists, neurologists or educators? Does one organisation, country or state have the right to ownership of the term? In general, the word dyslexia means; ‘dys’ a difficulty and ‘lexia’...
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What is a Linguist?

If you truly want to understand how the English language works… … spend some time with a linguist(you say it “lingwist”). A linguist studies ‘Linguistics’. Yes, I know it all sounds rather confusing but bear with me for a little longer. Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its...
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Who was your favourite teacher and why?

Yesterday I gave you 19 instructions for your teacher. Today I want to know who is/was your favourite teacher and why? You see not all teachers are created equal. Some are just better at teaching kids who learn differently. Everyone has a favourite teacher. Mine was Mrs Grabowski. She was...
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To Repeat or Not To Repeat? – YOUR FEEDBACK

Thank you to all the people who responded to the 4 questions I asked, about their children changing schools and repeating a year. These responses help me and my team understand your personal experiences surrounding your child repeating a school year or changing schools to access better levels of support....
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You Are Not Alone

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to email or comment about your number one concern or worry regarding a child or a student with a school learning difficulty. Those who asked specific questions, I will answer those over the next few weeks as I cover...
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Diagnosed as mentally retarded, Byron Pitts’ mother set him on a path of future success which led him to becoming a news anchor for the ABC – USA. Read or watch his story here.

My name is Byron Pitts. I’m the co-anchor for Nightline for ABC News. I’m a professional journalist. I didn’t learn to read until I was 12 years old. I spoke with a stutter until I was 20, my junior year in college. I was bullied in school. Words like dummy,...
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