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Online Dyslexia Resources


We’ve compiled our favorite dyslexia web sites and videos in one place so that your journey to find accurate information is easier.  All of our web links agree with the philosophies of the International Dyslexia Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.  They provide the best information about dyslexia researched at this time. 



Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

34 universities in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health study dyslexia, yet most of our teacher prep programs ignore their findings. Click here to read how Yale University is working with legislators, parents, researchers and the NIH to bring the needed solutions to our school system.



Parent Power

In the past 4 years, parents across the nation have united to advocate for their children who have dyslexia.  They are advocating, legislating and educating for change nationally, locally and within their states. These parents are making inroads for better reading education for dyslexics, but more work needs to be done.  Read what Decoding Dyslexia Iowa is doing in our state, and what changes are occurring in other states.



Private Dyslexia Resources in Iowa

Today, dyslexia is only diagnosed by private entities - people with advanced degrees in educational psychology and speech-language pathology.  Remediation is mostly done by private centers and tutors out of their home. A few schools in Iowa are now offering dyslexia remediation during the school day. Click below to link to the Decoding Dyslexia Iowa Contact Us web form to learn about resources and ask for a their list of qualified professionals.



Susan Barton Bright Solutions

Susan Barton is one of the country's leading experts on dyslexia. Her web site is considered one of the first stops for parents and teachers needing to learn more about dyslexia. She has tirelessly toured the United States speaking about what dyslexia is and how to help. She has developed her own science-based dyslexia reading, writing and spelling program. Anyone looking for facts and information about dyslexia needs to visit Susan's site.  



Dyslexia can be identified at birth

New research shows that using fMRI’s, the dyslexic brain pattern can be seen as early as birth. Dr. Nadine Gaab, a leading neuro-scientist at the Boston Children’s Hospital, has spent her entire career studying the structure of the dyslexic brain and pioneered fMRI technology to examine its inner workings. Read her latest findings.


The dyslexic brain structures itself differently

Neuroscientists can now see that children with dyslexia read with predominantly the right side of their brain, where typical readers, use predominantly the left side of the brain. Scientists are currently searching to discover why this occurs.  We can now see that the two brains read differently, but the why, is still being researched.  The last article, linked below, hypothesizes that dyslexic brains have larger neurons, and thus structure differently to accommodate the thicker, longer wiring.



Dyslexia symptoms appear as early as preschool.  If caught early, it remediates faster


Dyslexia Evaluation:

Early intervention is very important when it comes to dyslexia. If you suspect your child has dyslexia, have your child screened and evaluated.



Dyslexia Intervention:

If you child has dyslexia, the Orton-Gillingham method is currently the best way for them to learn to read, write and spell.  The Orton-Gillingham method is multi-sensory, and the Wilson, Barton and Take Flight Programs are most commonly used Orton-Gillingham programs.  Currently only a few school districts in Iowa offer Orton-Gillingham methods, and not all kids with dyslexia will qualify to receive them.



Dyslexia can affect math

Some dyslexic students have a very hard time learning their math facts and remembering the steps to multiplication and long division.

Dyslexia can affect math, especially speed of recall, and multi-step problems.



Dyslexia and AD/HD

A study by Dr. Manual Casanova, from the University of Louisville, has found that the thicker neurons associated with dyslexia, may also interfere with attention and focus. He theorizes that this relationship, may be structural and related, and could be why the two disorders occur together. Estimates of the two issues occurring together is as low as 10% and as high as 45%.



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Note-taking and Dyslexia...why it fails.
March 01 2018
Read our latest blog on why the 504 accommodation for pre-printed notes and study guides is so vital for a student with dyslexia.

ADHD, Dyslexia or Both?
December 14 2017
ADHD and Dyslexia have overlapping symptoms. This article and its links provide information on what each disorder looks like.

We help kids everyday improve their reading and spelling!
November 30 2017
80% of children with IEPs for reading have undiagnosed dyslexia states the American Academy of Pediatrics. Aspire Academy helps children and teens achieve grade level reading. If you have a child who struggles to read chapter books, continually misspells common words, and home work is a struggle..

Recent Blog Posts

Reading Problems and Dyslexia: A Discussion with Aspire Academy and Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics
August 28 2018
The most common reading disorder is dyslexia, but it often goes undetected. Learn if your child's reading struggles could be related to dyslexia.

Providing Notes to Students with Dyslexia
March 01 2018
Students with dyslexia find it almost impossible to take notes during a lecture. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder. Dyslexia makes it hard to write and spell, and taking notes during a lecture causes the dyslexic student to make a choice - do I listen and absorb the information, or do

Dyslexia and Reversals? Why Do They Occur?
March 01 2018
Backwards b and d's? Upside down m's and w's? P's and g's giving fits? Learn why people with dyslexia may reverse letters and even all the letters in a word (like was and saw). It has nothing to do with vision.

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