Issue 6: November 2021

The November 2021 issue of Dystinct Magazine brings to you:

1) The Dystinct Journey of Dr Katrina Marchant (Historian, YouTuber, Researcher and Lecturer specialising in modern literature and culture.

Dr Katrina Marchant talks about her experience growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia and how being diagnosed during her doctoral studies helped open up new horizons for her.

2) Executive Functions: The Glue that Holds Together Reading’s Many Processes – Dr Kelly B. Cartwright (Researcher, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University (CNU) – )

Dr Kelly Cartwright describes how the three core processes of executive control skills- working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control work together to support reading and further explores how supportingcognitive flexibility in word knowledge can improve reading.

3) Why Intelligent Children Struggle to Read – by April McMurtrey (Reading specialist, Educator and Founder, )

April McMurtrey takes a closer look at factors that contribute to children’s struggles with learning to read and suggests actionable steps to bridge the gap.

4) The Dystinct Journey of Marcia Harper – Marcia Harper shares how being homeschooled all her life has allowed her to explore the things that she enjoys doing and has made learning easier for her. Also, mum Mysie Harper shares her views on homeschooling a child with learning difficulties.

5) Choosing the Right Tutor for Your Dyslexic Child- by Lorraine Hightower (Certified Dyslexia Advocate & Consultant, and Founder of Lorraine M. Hightower, LLC

Lorraine Hightower talks about the various benefits of working with a tutor, explains the meaning behind the numerous titles held by reading tutors, and discusses how parents can get the most out of sessions with their children’s tutors.

6) The Dystinct Journey Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey – the remarkable story of how Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey went from a miserable child failed by her school in Ghana to the charismatic founder of Africa Dyslexia Organisation ADO altering people’s perceptions of Learning Difficulties in Africa.

7) Spotlight on Africa Dyslexia Organisation- An interview with the founder of Africa Dyslexia Organisation (ADO) to take a closer look at how the ADO has been making a phenomenal impact for people with learning difficulties in Africa.

8) Speech Errors Can Predict Poor Phonological Awareness – by Dr Katie Squires (Speech Language Pathologist, Researcher and Associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Central Michigan University)

Dr Katie Squires discusses the various types of speech errors in young children that can signal poor phonological awareness.

9) Dyscalculia- A short introduction to the definition of dyscalculia and the relationship to other barriers in maths learning- by Pete Jarrett (Founding member and Current Chair of the British Dyslexia Association Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Committee, Co-Founder and MD of Tutorum Technologies Ltd and Founder of Tutorum Learning and Assessment Ltd

Pete Jarrett examines the definition of dyscalculia and explores the various barriers to engagement with maths learning.

10) The Dystinct Journey of Benjamin Russo – The story of 11-year-old Benjamin Russo ( from Canada who uses his superpower to create incredible larger than life mosaics out Rubik’s cubes.

11) The Three-Pronged Approach to Dyslexia Treatment – by Megan Pinchback (Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, Certified Academic Language Therapist, and Founder of )

Megan proposes and discusses the various aspects of a three-pronged approach that takes recent advances in understanding dyslexia into account, which families can employ to effectively address the needs of children diagnosed with dyslexia.

12) How We Read: Keep it Simple – by Laura MacGrath (Speech Pathologist and Founder of )

Laura MacGrath exploreswhat scientific research- The simple view of reading tells us about literacy development and the kind of instruction that leads to the best outcomes.

13) Fostering resilience in children with learning difficulties – by Lois Letchford (Author and Reading Specialist )

Lois talks about the importance of fostering resilience in children with learning difficulties who face challenges much earlier in life than their neurotypical counterparts and suggests actionable steps parents can take to build resilience in their children.

14) ADHD- Looking Beyond the Co-occurring Labels – By Simon Da Roza (Principal Consultant,

Simon Da Roza explores the varied co-occurrences and influences upon the ADHD presentation and investigates some common behaviours which may be displayed by ADHDers in maladaptive attempts to self-regulate.

15) The Dystinct Journey of Adam D. Searle (Author, )

Adam Searle tells his story of how a young schoolboy with a vivid imagination overcame all the obstacles thrown at him to achieve his dream of becoming an author.