Members of the committee have been busy working on a number of projects.
Firstly, the website has been drastically improved. Our Webmaster, Jari Pekki has done a lot of work on the technical side – Lynn and Tilly have both made large contributions to content and translation. Many thanks to all of them! The new-look website is now available in French, German and English. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look on https://dyspel.org. Please let us know what you think about it.
Secondly, the DYPATEC Guide for Parents is now available as a pdf, which can be downloaded from the website. There are seven languages to choose from.
In the last newsletter, we announced that the Drop-in Centre would close at the end of March. This, in fact, hasn’t happened yet, but it is still the plan. Watch the website for further information! However, our receptionist Maggy Klein has now moved to a new job – Dyspel thanks her for all her hard work and wishes her well for the future. For the time being, Raymond’s daughter, Emma, is staffing the office weekday afternoons from 12 until 5 pm.
Learning tip of the month
Writing a story – a list of helpful hints for story writing, to be used according to age, working style, ability of the student and his/her needs at the time. These should be introduced slowly and individually.
Dyslexia affects English, Chinese learners differently
Dyslexia affects children's brains differently depending on whether they are learning in English or Chinese, according to a study published Monday (April 7th 2008) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "This finding was very surprising to us. We had not ever thought that dyslexics' brains are different for children who read in English and Chinese," said lead author Li-Hai Tan, a University of Hong Kong professor of linguistics and cognitive sciences. "Our finding yields neurobiological clues to the cause of dyslexia." For the full article, see Education Week (premium article access compliments of Edweek.org)/Associated Press
This article was found by subscribing to CEC SmartBrief, a daily summary of special education news. See http://www.smartbrief.com/cec/cec_archive.htm for more information.
For German and French speaking families, please don’t forget to complete the questionnaires, which accompanied the last newsletter. This would greatly help Tilly plan her course for parents. If you no longer have the questionnaire, you can complete it on-line on the website. Please tell your friends too.
The next newsletter is due out at the end of June. If you have any suggestions or contributions, please contact Alison Wilson (e-mail or tel. 313717)
|Last Updated ( Friday, 13 June 2008 )|