Issue 2: March 2021

The March 2021 issue of Dystinct Magazine brings to you:

(1) My Education – It Should Not Be This Hard – by Jacquelyn Taylor

14-year-old Jacquelyn from Maine, USA, talks of her battles of fighting for her rights within a flawed system that isn’t designed for children with learning difficulties.

(2) Dyslexia and Advocacy: I Suspect my Child has Dyslexia – byDr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley outlines information on ways to prepare to advocate for children whose parents suspect they have dyslexia.  

(3) Challenges Faced by Military Children with Dyslexia – by Hilary Laxson

Hilary Laxson talks of the struggles specific to military children with dyslexia in the US and how it can be alleviated. 

(4) Reading by Hand – The Handwriting Link to Developing the Reading Brain- by Susan E. Miller

Susan Miller talks about the importance of teaching handwriting to children and shares the latest research on why handwriting practice is crucial to a child’s developing brain. 

(5) The Dystinct Journey of Phoebe McAllan

The story of 14-year-old Phoebe McAllan, a sportsperson and dyslexia advocate who puts herself out there to advocate for herself and her classmates who struggle with learning.

(6) Spotlight on Dyslexia Victoria Support

The story of how warrior mum Heidi Gregory set up the Dyslexia Support Victoria Facebook group and how the initiative now provides evidence-based support to over 6000 families in Victoria, Australia. 

(7) Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder- What We Know and What We Can Do – by Dr. Angela Webb

A comprehensive article on the impact, symptoms, assessment, types, and intervention for DCD by Dr. Angela Webb, an advisory board member of the Dyspraxia UK foundation.  

(8) The Dystinct Journey of Diana Correa-Cintron

Attorney and social activist, turned dyslexia advocate Diana talks of her experience raising her two boys with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.  

(9) Does Remediation Curb Creativity/ Special Ability? – by Dr. Kerry Hempenstall

Dr. Kerry Hempenstall presents a critical evaluation of research to respond to the question ‘does remediation cost our children their creative abilities?’

(10) The Dystinct Journey of Lulu Pringle

The story of 12-year-old Lulu from Groesbeck, USA, who has a remarkably long list of achievements and a very positive attitude.

(11) Helping Adults with Dyslexia – by Antonia Canaris

Antonia draws attention to the differences in providing intervention for adults compared to children, their unmet needs, and ways to make remediation adult friendly. 

(12) The Dystinct Journey of Amber Dunbar

The story of self-taught animator and YouTuber Amber Dunbar, who creates impressive animations from scratch at just 13 years old. Also covered in the story is her mum Kim Dunbar who trained to become an MSL therapist to help her daughter.

(13) Supporting Students with Dyslexia for School Success Throughout the Pandemic – by Michele L. Haiken

Technology tools and strategies to help students keep up with the changing learning landscape.

(14) Social-Emotional Learning to Empower Children with Learning Difficulties – by Peggy Stern

Peggy’s insights into raising confident and resilient children who are empowered enough to advocate for themselves.

(15) Famous people with Dyslexia – The Dystinct Journey of Peggy Stern

The story of how a dyslexic child from the ’60s found her way into filmmaking and established an excellent Social-Emotional Learning platform involving child actors and a crew who are dyslexic themselves. 

(16) The Dystinct Journey of Emma Ruskin

The story of Emma Ruskin, the girl with dyslexia and dyscalculia who has just been accepted into medical school at UCLA and her new initiative to help connect dyslexic children worldwide. 

(17) Using Games to Engage Students in Mathematics – by Micheal Minas

Michael discusses the evidence behind the usefulness of games to make math engaging and how he set up his hit blog over the lockdown. 

(18) The Dystinct Journey of Serena

The story of 14-year-old entrepreneur Serena who is trying to raise funds to pay her band fees next year.

(19) The Dystinct Journey of Max 

The story of the successful movie maker and animator Max Strebel, the boy with an amazingly positive attitude who volunteered to read out loud in class.