Issue 3: May 2021

The May 2021 issue of Dystinct Magazine brings to you:

1) The Dystinct Journey of Titan Gabrielse – 

The story of the 9-year-old Titan Gabrielse from North Carolina, who has been instrumental in establishing a reading club at his school, which sparked some much-needed dyslexia awareness within his community.

2) Reading Remediation for Individuals with Dyslexia: What is it, and what happens when it ends? – by Kaitlin Feriante & Ruthie Swibel

This article discusses the basics of dyslexia, the various components of effective reading remediation and what the outcome of reading remediation looks and feels like.

3) The Truth Behind the Rise – by Amy Rebekah Melissa Mabile

A dyslexic student’s account of how audiobooks opened for her a world of imagination that she never knew existed before she was unwittingly introduced to audiobooks in the sixth grade

4) The Flat Earth and Teaching Reading – by Lyn Stone

Lyn Stone briefly delves into the three approaches to reading- phonics, whole language, and whole word and shares her view on why the whole language and whole word methods are like the flat earth.

5) Dyslexia but with Numbers – by Dawn Johnson

Dawn Johnson talks of her struggles growing up with dyscalculia and how she discovered only recently at 43 years of age that her struggles had a name all along. 

6) Shifting the Balance: One School’s Journey of Adopting the Science of Reading – by James Dobson 

James’ tale of how he orchestratedthe monumental task of changing his school’s literacy practices to align with the Science of Reading to better support all students in their reading journey. 

7) The Dystinct Journey of Erin Elizabeth Groce

The inspiring story of the 17-year-old from Indiana who was instrumental in adding the definition of the term dyslexia into her state educational law. 

8) Why Kids Should Work on a Vertical Surface – by Lauren Drobnjak

Lauren Drobnjak discusses the developmental benefits of writing and working on the vertical surface and has some great suggestions of engaging ways to get children to play and work on vertical surfaces.

9) 5 Facts About Metacognition – What Is It? – by Cara Koscinski

Cara Koscinski explains metacognition and shares five tips for a better understanding of why metacognition is an important skill and how educators and parents can help children have the power to problem-solve.

10) Spotlight on Dyslexia Mid North Coast

This article features the Dystinct journeys of the Youth Ambassadors and leaders of the DMNC Youth Ambassador Program.

11) Transition from Student to Employee- a neurodivergent perspective – by Janette Beetham

Janet Beetham outlines the various factors that neurodivergent students need to consider while venturing out into the workforce for an effective transition from student to employee.

12) Why I Teach Phonics in Preschool – by Keryn Johnson

Educator Keryn Johnson who operates a Pre-Prep Program for four-year-olds, talks of the factors that have influenced her decision as well as the methods she employs to run a structured program that is phenomenally successful in producing school ready children every year.

13) Is My Child Ready to Learn to Type? – Developmental Progression of Keyboarding Skills – by Jaime Spencer

Jaime Spencer compares keyboarding vs. handwriting skills and outlines the developmental progression of keyboarding skills from kinder to eighth grade.

14) Working inside AND outside the box in the mainstream classroom by Anne Italiano.

Anne Italiano discusses creative ideas to introduce differentiation in the mainstream classroom to cater to Tier 2 & 3 students effectively. 

15) Dysgraphia Accommodations in School – By Patty DeDurr

Patty DeDurr outlines practical grade-wise accommodations that can be provided to children with dysgraphia to help them learn and participate independently in the general education curriculum.

16)Love your Difference – by Donna Gargett

Donna Gargett talks of the humanistic aspect of dyslexia and how educators and parents can instil in their children that their superpower lies in just being themselves and loving their difference.

17) I wish I could die so I could come back without these problems – by Ann V. Wixon

Ann V. Wixon, the author of Devon in Disney, a book that features a boy with dyslexia as its protagonist, shares her experience raising her child with dyslexia, who inspired her to write this book.