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1) Phonics Instruction Myths- by Pryor Rayburn (Director of LS Educational Resource Program at Charlotte Country Day School, President of the NC branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Co-founder https://readyreaderdecodables.com/ and Founder at https://ortongillinghammama.com/)
Pryor Rayburn discusses five myths surrounding phonics instruction that educators must consider while choosing their curriculum and planning instruction.
2) The Dystinct Journey of Spencer Thorne- An interview with Adrienne Adams
An interview with Australian mum Adrienne Adams about her family’s journey with dyslexia and how she along with her son Spencer Thorne created a short film to help children with learning differences understand themselves better.
3) A Fresh Look at Classical Handwriting: Writing in Chancery Script- by Rebecca Loveless (Structured Word Inquiry Coach at The Nueva School, Teacher Trainer, Conference Presenter, and Founder of https://rebeccaloveless.com/)
Rebecca Loveless discusses the origins and science behind the Chancery script, a writing style that satisfies the desires of the proponents of both cursive and manuscript handwriting styles.
4) Meeting the needs of struggling students through the use of multisensory maths- by Adrianne Meldrum (Founder & CEO) and Matthew Lyda (Math Specialist) at https://madeformath.com/
Adrianne Meldrum and Matthew Lyda outline the evidence behind the five indicators of multisensory math instruction and discuss six simple methods that can be used to support students.
5) Dystinct Report -by Gwendolyn (Journalist at Dystinct.org https://dystinct.org/team/gwendolyn/)
14-year-old journalist Gwendolyn's article on evidence-based learning and how the Palmer Primary School in South Australia is providing an excellent environment for dyslexic children through the implementation of evidence-based learning in their classrooms.
6) Tools to Enhance Vocabulary Acquisition- by Lisa Barnett (Special education teacher, Trainer, Founding member of Decoding Dyslexia MI and Founder of https://www.seethebeautyindyslexia.com/ and https://barnettsbuzzingblog.edublogs.org/)
Lisa Barnett discusses the interrelationship of morphology, etymology, and phonology and demonstrates how studying the written word through an orthographic lens can provide high-value tools that increase the breadth and depth of literacy for students.
7) The Dystinct Journey of Bethany Danielle Summerville- (Artist at https://www.facebook.com/summervillebeth)
The story of the talented 16-year-old homeschooled artist Bethany Danielle Summerville from Tennessee, USA who creates masterpieces that are tricky to differentiate from real pictures.
8) Building Successful School Relationships - by Simon Da Roza (Principal Consultant, Exceptional Learners. https://www.xceptionallearners.com/)
Simon Da Roza discusses how perceptions surrounding neurodivergence is slowly but surely changing and provides parents with 19 excellent tips on building a successful relationship with the school to support their children's diverse learning needs effectively.
9) Teacher Preparedness to Address the Needs of Dyslexic Non-Native Speakers- Andrea Kulmhofer-Bommer (Researcher, Lecturer, and Teacher Trainer)
Dr Andrea Kulmhofer-Bommer examines the challenges faced by non-native students of the English language and teacher preparedness to meet the unique learning needs of dyslexic non-native speakers in particular.
10) Roots matter- Neurodiversity and Employment for Youth Development – by Gavin Hoole (Qualitative researcher, Neurodiversity advocate, and Founder at Dyspraxia Lambeth https://sites.google.com/view/dyspraxialambeth/home )
Gavin Hoole talks about the various influences in the developmental pathway of neurodivergent children and suggests ideas for the effective transitioning of neurodivergent youth into the employment space.
11) I Think, Write and Remember in My Own Way- by Valerie Woods (Dyslexia Advocate, Author, and Blogger at https://bricabraccat.com/)
Valerie Woods from the UK talks of her journey growing up as a dyslexic child in the 1950s and shares tips and strategies that she used to cope.
12) The Role of Poverty in Special Education- by Dr Tracy Johnson (Speaker, Learning Difficulties Advocate, Consultant, and Founder at http://vesselsofhopevessels.org/ )
Dr Tracy Johnson narrates her personal experience growing up as a child with learning difficulties dependent on public assistance and examines the inequality in education for students of colour, students with disabilities, and students from low-income backgrounds.
13) The Dystinct Journey of Jacob Ainsley
The inspirational journey of hardworking Jacob Ainsley from the UK whose passion for design technology helped him successfully graduate from university with a bachelor’s degree in product design and a prototype for a pen that can change many lives.

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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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