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(1) Phonemic Awareness: Where do I start? The What, Why and How – by Lindsay Kemeny
Lindsay, an experienced OG, and CERI certified elementary school teacher from Utah, USA, also the mum of a dyslexic child, demonstrates how phonological awareness skills can be taught in small and whole groups within the classroom.
(2) The Dystinct journey of Noah Casey – Homeschooling success story
The story of Noah Casey from Auckland, New Zealand, who was homeschooled by his mum before he successfully went back into school and set up his business Coloured Fish Products, where he designs and sells customised products with a positive tagline about dyslexia.
(3) From sounds to sentences – by Jocelyn Seamer
Jocelyn, an educational trainer and early literacy development consultant from Tasmania, Australia, discusses the evidence behind how children acquire writing skills and ways to help them build strong skills necessary for writing.
(4) Famous people with Dyslexia – The Dystinct journey of Liz Miele
New York-based Standup comedian Liz Miele shares her journey of how she went from considering herself as broken to where she is now.
(5) Memory Strategy – Hooking: A fun and memorable way to learn – by Dr Erica Warren
Dr. Warren, a dyslexic educational psychologist with a doctorate in special education, school psychology, and adult education from New York, USA, shares a memory strategy to teach dyslexic children. This also covers the Dystinct journey of Dr. Erica Warren – the story of how dyslexic Dr. Warren managed to beat the system and become a specialist helping children with dyslexia.
(6) Punisher MAX saved me – The Dystinct journey of Brandon from Barefoot Comics.
Profoundly dyslexic, Brandon from Melbourne, Australia, shares his story on how comic books are why he can read to survive now.
(7) Sight words, orthographic mapping, phonemic awareness – by Stephen Parker
Author Stephen Parker from Boston, USA shares a detailed essay on how sight words can be created through orthographic mapping and why phonemic awareness is necessary for children to become competent readers and spellers.
(8) The Dystinct journey of Leia Schwartz
Determined to spread awareness about dyslexia, 15-year-old Leia Schwartz from New York, USA, shares her story of how she was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and ADHD at 9 and went on to publish her first book the ‘Dyslexic Renegade’ the same year.
(9) High frequency words? Sight words? Is there a difference? – by Dr. Deb Glaser
Dr. Glaser from Idaho, USA outlines the difference between high frequency words and sight words and delves into ways of helping children build a sight word lexicon.
(10) 81 Popular board games for dyslexic families – by Zahra Nawaz
A list of 81 fun board games requiring little to no reading that is enjoyed by dyslexic kids and their families.

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About Dystinct Magazine

Dystinct Magazine seeks to find the extra ordinary that lies within the ordinary. Every dyslexic child is blessed to be distinctively different. We have set out to identify and nurture these differences to instil a strong sense of achievement in children who are often forgotten about. We also bring to you relevant up to date advice from leading experts in the industry to help you navigate the path to success.

1 in 5 children who pass through our one size fits all education system are on the dyslexia continuum, diagnosed or not. They are repeatedly dismissed as too dumb or unaidable leaving desperate parents with very few avenues to turn to. Our beautiful children are broken by the very system that is meant to nurture and raise them. These are promising young minds who are made to feel worthless over and over again because the system has failed to recognise their differences. Their struggles are often brushed under the rug or the system recognises their existence but lacks the capacity to make the changes necessary to accommodate their uniqueness.

There is a need to change the narrative around dyslexia from that of ‘slow’, ‘not working hard enough’, ‘lazy’ to one of hardworking, passionate, uniquely different and worthy.

Dystinct Magazine aims to instill a strong sense of self-worth in dyslexic children who have had unfair opportunities chipping away at their self-esteem throughout their existence. Our mission is to foster a community that celebrates the difference of dyslexia.

Not every dyslexic child is magically a genius. Oftentimes, we spend hours looking for the genius or outside the box thinking in our dyslexic kids failing to realise that it was in them all along, hidden in plain sight under the years self-doubt and shame that the society ingrained in them for not matching up to their peers. We aim to peel back at these negative layers of damaged self-esteem and provide the children with a platform to truly appreciate their uniqueness, take pride in their difference and revel in the knowledge that within their difference, lies their strength.

We are here with a commitment to empower dyslexics and their champions so that, they can discover the strengths within themselves and appreciate the uniqueness that dyslexia has offered them.

Publisher: Dystinct Magazine
Published: Quarterly
Language: English
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