Dystinct Magazine cover for Issue 01 Jan 2021


Issue 1: January 2021

The inaugural issue of Dystinct Magazine brings to you

1) Phonemic Awareness: Where do I start? The What, Why and How – by Lindsay Kemeny

Lindsay, an experienced OG, and CERI certified elementary school teacher from Utah, USA, also the mum of a dyslexic child, demonstrates how phonological awareness skills can be taught in small and whole groups within the classroom.

2) The Dystinct journey of Noah Casey – Homeschooling success story

The story of Noah Casey from Auckland, New Zealand, who was homeschooled by his mum before he successfully went back into school and set up his business Coloured Fish Products, where he designs and sells customised products with a positive tagline about dyslexia.

3) From sounds to sentences – by Jocelyn Seamer

Jocelyn, an educational trainer and early literacy development consultant from NT, Australia, discusses the evidence behind how children acquire writing skills and ways to help them build strong skills necessary for writing.

4) Famous people with Dyslexia – The Dystinct journey of Liz Miele

New York-based Standup comedian Liz Miele shares her journey of how she went from considering herself as broken to where she is now.

5.A) Memory Strategy – Hooking: A fun and memorable way to learn – by Dr Erica Warren

Dr. Warren, a dyslexic educational psychologist with a doctorate in special education, school psychology, and adult education from New York, USA, shares a memory strategy to teach dyslexic children.

5.B) The Dystinct journey of Dr. Erica Warren – the story of how dyslexic Dr. Warren managed to beat the system and become a specialist helping children with dyslexia.

6) Punisher MAX saved me – The Dystinct journey of Brandon from Barefoot Comics.

Profoundly dyslexic, Brandon from Melbourne, Australia, shares his story on how comic books are why he can read to survive now.

7) Sight words, orthographic mapping, phonemic awareness – by Stephen Parker

Author Stephen Parker from Boston, USA shares a detailed essay on how sight words can be created through orthographic mapping and why phonemic awareness is necessary for children to become competent readers and spellers.

8) The Dystinct journey of Leia Schwartz

Determined to spread awareness about dyslexia, 15-year-old Leia Schwartz from New York, USA, shares her story of how she was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and ADHD at 9 and went on to publish her first book the ‘Dyslexic Renegade’ the same year.

9) High frequency words? Sight words? Is there a difference? – by Dr. Deb Glaser

Dr. Glaser from Idaho, USA outlines the difference between high frequency words and sight words and delves into ways of helping children build a sight word lexicon.

10) 81 Popular board games for dyslexic families – by Zahra Nawaz

A list of 81 fun board games requiring little to no reading that is enjoyed by dyslexic kids and their families.