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About ogmsl

Fellow with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). I have a Masters Degree in Education from OISE/University of Toronto and am a certified Ontario teacher. Family connection with dyslexia. Past President of ONBIDA - Ontario Branch of International Dyslexia Association. In Private practice working with students of all ages and also teacher training.

Richard Branson – on dyslexia

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, responds to a young girl with severe dyslexia who writes asking  for him to watch her youtube clip and help kids like her “learn ‘to fly’ like a dyslexic”. http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/like-a-dyslexic#.VWthyxvVwws.linkedin

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Stanford study on brain waves shows how different teaching methods affect reading development

Stanford Report, May 28, 2015 Stanford Professor Bruce McCandliss found that beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or phonics, increase activity in the area of their brains best wired for reading. Beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or … Continue reading

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Recent study shows brain differences in children with dyslexia, dysgraphia

Structural brain differences between children with dyslexia and dysgraphia and children who are typical language learners have been observed by researchers in a recent study at the University of Washington. Researchers say the findings prove that using a single category … Continue reading

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Songwriter Marc Jordan opens up about overcoming dyslexia

The Toronto Star recently featured an article about songwriter Marc Jordan who has composed and performed for years, receiving awards for many of his hit songs, all while keeping hidden his lifelong struggle with dyslexia .  Jordan finally had a … Continue reading

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fonts for dyslexia?

There has been a lot of media attention lately regarding special “fonts” designed to help with dyslexia.  Here is what the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) had to say about it (posted on the IDA website Dec 2014). What if people … Continue reading

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Seminar – The Multiple Effects of Literacy on the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene

If you want to know more about what happens in our brain when we read or you are interested in how the brain is both shaped by and has had a role in shaping language, this would be a wonderful … Continue reading

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Upcoming Orton Gillingham Training

Don’t forget to register for upcoming Orton-Gillingham Associate level training.  Learn how to reach your struggling readers and writers with the O-G approach. CLICK HERE TO GO THE REGISTRATION PAGE. See some comments from participants in summer 2014 training: Comments … Continue reading

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Assessment Scholarships available

With the knowledge that early identification is critical – The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ONBIDA) offers scholarships for psycho-educational assessments for students who struggle learning to read and write as their primary area of difficulty.  Funds for … Continue reading

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Dyslexia: Turning Disability into Possibility

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology today held a hearing to examine the latest scientific research on dyslexia, the most common reading disability affecting one out of every five people. The hearing reviewed promising future research directions and treatments … Continue reading

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OG-MSL exhibiting at the 10th annual ONBIDA Literacy and Learning Conference

ONBIDA (Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association) is holding its 10th Annual Literacy and Learning Conference on October 18, 2014 at the Ontario Science Centre.  The theme is Motivation, Remediation and Accommodation: Surpassing Barriers. Key Note Speaker – Todd … Continue reading

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