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1. The Importance of Evaluating the Whole Child - by Ashley Roberts
Ashley discusses the benefit of getting a formal diagnosis for children with learning difficulties and substantiates her opinion with reasons why the complete evaluation of a child is of significance.
2. The Dystinct Journey of Dan Colquhoun
Rocking Dan, the celebrity teacher from Sydney, Australia, known for his entertaining, educational songs, talks about his struggles with reading, writing and maths growing up.
3. Morphology: The Hidden Framework of Spelling - by Sue Hegland
Sue Hegland demonstrates how morphology is the key to unlocking spelling and explains why morphology instruction needs to be a part of structured literacy instruction from day one.
4. The THREE "E's – Experience, Emotion, & Expertise - by Lois Letchford
Lois Letchford illustrates how literacy success depends on the complex interplay of three overlapping domains: experience, emotion, and expertise.
5. Writing – still my struggle - by Lois Letchford
The story of how Lois Letchford nurtured her son, from being condemned by the education system as 'beyond repair' to gaining a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Oxford University.
6. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in Education - by Zaretta Hammond
Zaretta Hammond's insights into why educators need to be aware of equity and cultural responsiveness in teaching to use their student's own cultural background to create a happy community of learners.
7. The Formula for Understanding School Psychologist / Neuropsychologist Test Scores and Reports – by Dr John Carosso
Dr John Carosso expertly simplifies the daunting task of making sense of the confusing jargon in School Psychologist / Neuropsychologist Test Scores and Reports.
8. My Motivation Change - by Carla McNeil
Carla McNeil, the mother of a child with a specific learning difference and a former classroom teacher and school principal, talks of her personal experience with dyslexia and what needs to be done to raise literacy outcomes in schools across New Zealand.
9. The Dystinct journey of Jacky Smith
The poignant story of Jacky Smith, who rose against odds to become her own advocate and turn around all the experiences her difficult life taught her into positive lessons that she imparts to her children who have multiple special needs.
10. Removing Limits: Helping ALL Reach their Highest Literacy Potential - by Nora Chahbazi
Nora Chahbazi talks of her experience remediating her daughter's learning difficulty and shares expert advice on how her organisation EBLI supports families of children with learning differences.
11. The Dystinct Journey of twins Brin and Nial Wilson
The inspiring story of how two academically average, hardworking students whose learning was made more difficult because of dyslexia persevered and secured over 2.5 million dollars in academic and football scholarships.
12. A Student's Guide to Achieve Scholarship Success in 6 Steps - by Sonya Wilson
Sonya Wilson, educator and mum of twins Brin and Nial Wilson, who both secured scholarships worth over 1 million dollars each, enumerates six powerful steps to help pave the way for scholarship success.
13. Taming the Octopus - Writing Tips for Dyslexic and Dysgraphic Students- by Kendra Wagner
Kendra Wagner shares tips and tricks to help children tame the proverbial octopus of writing full of many arms of subskills and mental demands.
14. The Dystinct Journey of Matthew Quek
The inspiring story of how Matthew Quek overcame his severe limitations to become an international award-winning singer and movie producer.

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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.

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