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1) The Dystinct Journey of Dr Katrina Marchant (Historian, YouTuber, Researcher and Lecturer specialising in modern literature and culture.
Dr Katrina Marchant talks about her experience growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia and how being diagnosed during her doctoral studies helped open up new horizons for her.
2) Executive Functions: The Glue that Holds Together Reading’s Many Processes - Dr Kelly B. Cartwright (Researcher, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University (CNU) - KellyCartwright.com )
Dr Kelly Cartwright describes how the three core processes of executive control skills- working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control work together to support reading and further explores how supporting cognitive flexibility in word knowledge can improve reading.
3) Why Intelligent Children Struggle to Read - by April McMurtrey (Reading specialist, Educator and Founder, LearnReading.com )
April McMurtrey takes a closer look at factors that contribute to children's struggles with learning to read and suggests actionable steps to bridge the gap.
4) The Dystinct Journey of Marcia Harper
Marcia Harper shares how being homeschooled all her life has allowed her to explore the things that she enjoys doing and has made learning easier for her. Also, mum Mysie Harper shares her views on homeschooling a child with learning difficulties.
5) Choosing the Right Tutor for Your Dyslexic Child - by Lorraine Hightower (Certified Dyslexia Advocate & Consultant, and Founder of Lorraine M. Hightower, LLC LorraineHightower.com)
Lorraine Hightower talks about the various benefits of working with a tutor, explains the meaning behind the numerous titles held by reading tutors, and discusses how parents can get the most out of sessions with their children’s tutors.
6) The Dystinct Journey Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey
The remarkable story of how Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey went from a miserable child failed by her school in Ghana to the charismatic founder of Africa Dyslexia Organisation ADO AfricaDyslexia.org altering people’s perceptions of Learning Difficulties in Africa.
7) Spotlight on Africa Dyslexia Organisation
An interview with the founder of Africa Dyslexia Organisation (ADO) to take a closer look at how the ADO has been making a phenomenal impact for people with learning difficulties in Africa.
8) Speech Errors Can Predict Poor Phonological Awareness - by Dr Katie Squires (Speech Language Pathologist, Researcher and Associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Central Michigan University)
Dr Katie Squires discusses the various types of speech errors in young children that can signal poor phonological awareness.
9) Dyscalculia- A short introduction to the definition of dyscalculia and the relationship to other barriers in maths learning- by Pete Jarrett (Founding member and Current Chair of the British Dyslexia Association Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Committee, Co-Founder and MD of Tutorum Technologies Ltd and Founder of Tutorum Learning and Assessment Ltd Tutorum.co.uk)
Pete Jarrett examines the definition of dyscalculia and explores the various barriers to engagement with maths learning.
10) The Dystinct Journey of Benjamin Russo
The story of 11-year-old Benjamin Russo (BenjaminRussoArt.com) from Canada who uses his superpower to create incredible larger than life mosaics out of Rubik’s cubes.
11) The Three-Pronged Approach to Dyslexia Treatment – by Megan Pinchback (Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, Certified Academic Language Therapist, and Founder of DyslexiaOnDemand.com )
Megan proposes and discusses the various aspects of a three-pronged approach that takes recent advances in understanding dyslexia into account, which families can employ to effectively address the needs of children diagnosed with dyslexia.
12) How We Read: Keep it Simple - by Laura MacGrath (Speech Pathologist and Founder of DoYouReadMe.ca )
Laura MacGrath explores what scientific research- The simple view of reading tells us about literacy development and the kind of instruction that leads to the best outcomes.
13) Fostering resilience in children with learning difficulties - by Lois Letchford (Author and Reading Specialist LoisLetchford.com )
Lois talks about the importance of fostering resilience in children with learning difficulties who face challenges much earlier in life than their neurotypical counterparts and suggests actionable steps parents can take to build resilience in their children.
14) ADHD- Looking Beyond the Co-occurring Labels - By Simon Da Roza (Principal Consultant, XceptionalLearners.com)
Simon Da Roza explores the varied co-occurrences and influences upon the ADHD presentation and investigates some common behaviours which may be displayed by ADHDers in maladaptive attempts to self-regulate.
15) The Dystinct Journey of Adam D. Searle (Author, AdamDSearle-Author.com )
Adam Searle tells his story of how a young schoolboy with a vivid imagination overcame all the obstacles thrown at him to achieve his dream of becoming an author.

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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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