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1. The Dystinct Journey of Titan Gabrielse
The story of the 9-year-old Titan Gabrielse from North Carolina, who has been instrumental in establishing a reading club at his school, which sparked some much-needed dyslexia awareness within his community.
2. Reading Remediation for Individuals with Dyslexia: What is it, and what happens when it ends? – by Kaitlin Feriante & Ruthie Swibel
This article discusses the basics of dyslexia, the various components of effective reading remediation and what the outcome of reading remediation looks and feels like.
3. The Truth Behind the Rise – by Amy Rebekah Melissa Mabile
A dyslexic student's account of how audiobooks opened for her a world of imagination that she never knew existed before she was unwittingly introduced to audiobooks in the sixth grade.
4. The Flat Earth and Teaching Reading – by Lyn Stone
Lyn Stone briefly delves into the three approaches to reading- phonics, whole language, and whole word and shares her view on why the whole language and whole word methods are like the flat earth.
5. Dyslexia but with Numbers – by Dawn Johnson
Dawn Johnson talks of her struggles growing up with dyscalculia and how she discovered only recently at 43 years of age that her struggles had a name all along.
6. Shifting the Balance: One School's Journey of Adopting the Science of Reading – by James Dobson
James' tale of how he orchestrated the monumental task of changing his school's literacy practices to align with the Science of Reading to better support all students in their reading journey.
7. The Dystinct Journey of Erin Elizabeth Groce
The inspiring story of the 17-year-old from Indiana who was instrumental in adding the definition of the term dyslexia into her state educational law.
8. Why Kids Should Work on a Vertical Surface – by Lauren Drobnjak
Lauren Drobnjak discusses the developmental benefits of writing and working on the vertical surface and has some great suggestions of engaging ways to get children to play and work on vertical surfaces.
9. 5 Facts About Metacognition – What Is It? – by Cara Koscinski
Cara Koscinski explains metacognition and shares five tips for a better understanding of why metacognition is an important skill and how educators and parents can help children have the power to problem-solve.
10. Spotlight on Dyslexia Mid North Coast
This article features the Dystinct journeys of the Youth Ambassadors and leaders of the DMNC Youth Ambassador Program.
11. Transition from Student to Employee- a neurodivergent perspective – by Janette Beetham
Janet Beetham outlines the various factors that neurodivergent students need to consider while venturing out into the workforce for an effective transition from student to employee.
12. Why I Teach Phonics in Preschool – by Keryn Johnson
Educator Keryn Johnson who operates a Pre-Prep Program for four-year-olds, talks of the factors that have influenced her decision as well as the methods she employs to run a structured program that is phenomenally successful in producing school ready children every year.
13. Is My Child Ready to Learn to Type? – Developmental Progression of Keyboarding Skills – by Jaime Spencer
Jaime Spencer compares keyboarding vs. handwriting skills and outlines the developmental progression of keyboarding skills from kinder to eighth grade.
14. Working inside AND outside the box in the mainstream classroom by Anne Italiano.
Anne Italiano discusses creative ideas to introduce differentiation in the mainstream classroom to cater to Tier 2 & 3 students effectively.
15. Dysgraphia Accommodations in School – By Patty DeDurr
Patty DeDurr outlines practical grade-wise accommodations that can be provided to children with dysgraphia to help them learn and participate independently in the general education curriculum.
16. Love your Difference – by Donna Gargett
Donna Gargett talks of the humanistic aspect of dyslexia and how educators and parents can instil in their children that their superpower lies in just being themselves and loving their difference.
17. I wish I could die so I could come back without these problems – by Ann V. Wixon
Ann V. Wixon, the author of Devon in Disney, a book that features a boy with dyslexia as its protagonist, shares her experience raising her child with dyslexia, who inspired her to write this book.

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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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