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Can ChromaGen Glasses Really Cure Dyslexia?

Image offered at Chromogen Website If ChromaGen glasses can cure dyslexia, this implies that the root cause of this condition lies in the visual domain.However, recent research, by Guinevere Eden, Ph.D. at George Washington University Medical Center suggests that visual processing weaknesses are not the cause of dyslexia.Nonethless, some individuals with dyslexia also report visual distortions when reading, and for those who suffer from the illusion that words appear to move on the page and also experience headaches, fatigue, and nausea when reading, these glasses may warrant a second look.
What is the History of ChromaGen Glasses
The ChromaGen website reports that what began as an optical corrective solution for color blindness, soon became a tool for some individuals with dyslexia when they reported a reduction in certain symptoms.As a result, ChromaGen now offers a series of 16 lenses that are designed to help children or adults who have visual reading disorders associated with dyslex…

Teaching Metacognitive Skills: A Fun, Free Illustration and Download

Many students plod through schooling as passive learners and they rarely learn to take control of their own cognition.In contrast, others learn to be active participants in the learning process and develop metacognitive skills.Metacognition is the awareness of one’s own cognition or thought process and it involves higher order thinking that enables understanding, analysisandcontrol.For many concrete learners, as well as those that struggle with attentional issues, this notion can be difficult to grasp.However, the process can be taught through visual aids, demonstrations, discussions, group work, and graphic organizers.In fact, the more multisensory the instruction, the greater the likelihood that all your students will master this skill.
The Process: After a lesson or reading, I like to summarize important details, main ideas, and then I make connections by sharing my own thought processes.I explain to the students that I will be thinking aloud so that they can understand how I use my …

Auditory Discrimination Deficits Can Result in Funny Misunderstandings

As a child, I was often teased by my silly misunderstandings of expressions, phrases, words and even lyrics to songs.Although my hearing was excellent, I struggled with auditory discrimination difficulties.As a result, I continually confused sounds that were similar and often misconstrued what people were telling me. For instance, after a year abroad with my family living in England, we returned to the United States and I entered the first grade.On the first day of school, when my teachers and peers detected my British inflections they asked me about it.To my dismay, my explanation resulted in laughter.When I got home I complained to my mother, with a big frown on my face, that the students and teachers had laughed at me.I just couldn’t understand why they chuckled when I told them I had an "English accident."
One of my current students, Ben, and I are both members of what I like to call, “the dyslexia club.”  For the two of us, the primary weakness that resulted in our diagn…

The Different Types of Dyslexia: Targeting Intervention

Although reading disorders were recognized back in the late 1800s, the term dyslexia didn't become a recognized condition until the 1970's-1980's.  Since then, it has received an enormous amount of research and professional based attention.  However, many educators and clinicians are still mystified about how to best pinpoint the specific needs of each student with dyslexia.  
The primary underlying cause of this confusion is the fact that there are many cognitive weaknesses or deficits that can trigger a diagnosis of dyslexia.  So much like a dart board, if service providers continue to aim interventions at the wrong place, they may play a frustrating game and they will certainly never hit the bull’s-eye.  As a result professionals have begun to propose subtypes that categorize dyslexics based on common symptoms, so individuals with dyslexia can be understood and service providers can target the needed areas of attention. 
What are the different types of dyslexia? The thre…