Braving the Odds: How Nigerian parents are coping with care for dyslexic children
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Braving the Odds: How Nigerian parents are coping with care for dyslexic children

When 64-year-old Ben Arikpo realised, in 2012, that his son has learning challenges, he was devastated. An applied psychologist, Mr Arikpo was then living in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, with his wife and their three children. Although his wife had complained to him years back about their son’s reading difficulty, he never paid any serious attention to the concern. “You are putting too much pressure on this boy!” Mr Akripo often told his wife instead. “He will outgrow it,” he would tell her whenever she talked about their son’s academic challenges. But the problem dawned on him during a reading exercise with the boy. “Now, spell house,” the father of three recalled asking the nine-year-old.

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California to create teaching credential covering pre-K through 3rd grade that requires literacy training
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California to create teaching credential covering pre-K through 3rd grade that requires literacy training

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing agreed this week to create a new teaching credential for pre-kindergarten through third grade that will require teacher candidates to show they are trained in how to teach reading. The decision came after the commission addressed criticisms that a separate credential that lacked identical literacy instruction coursework and a reading performance test could undermine separate efforts to improve reading instruction in elementary grades.

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Aphasia: what it is, how it happens and how to help those suffering from it and related conditions
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Aphasia: what it is, how it happens and how to help those suffering from it and related conditions

Stroke and brain injury manifest in several ways, sometimes obviously – in difficulty enunciating words or retrieving them in conversation – sometimes subtly. My mother’s stroke left her with pure alexia (acquired reading impairment), one of the conditions that falls under the umbrella of aphasia. This condition typically affects language – speaking and listening. But it may also selectively impair reading, as with my mother, while leaving her speech unaffected.

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Life School receives dyslexia grant
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Life School receives dyslexia grant

Life School announces that the Texas Education Agency has awarded it $260,000 through the 2022-2024 Dyslexia Grant Award Program. Funds from the grant will allow nine staff members to receive further education to serve students. The purpose of the 2022-2024 Dyslexia Grant Award Program is to increase the capacity of local education agencies to serve students with dyslexia appropriately. In addition, the grant program provides funding for high-quality training to educators or specific training programs that result in dyslexia credentials. Specifically, these funds will allow six Life School employees to obtain their diagnostician certification, two staff members to obtain their licensed specialist in school psychology degree, and one staff member to receive their dyslexia teacher certification through Scottish Rite.

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Wide-ranging education bill headed to DeWine’s desk
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Wide-ranging education bill headed to DeWine’s desk

A bill changing multiple K-12 education laws in Ohio is headed to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. If signed, the bill would have a wide array of effects on families in the Miami Valley and across the state, from families who have EdChoice private-school scholarships to families who have dyslexic students. The bill also extends schools’ ability to hire substitute teachers who have just a high school diploma by two years, something districts began to do last year to combat a shortage of substitute teachers.

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