My experience: Complexity of interaction with schools

Carla Bittencourt Felício, psychologist at the Marataízes Mental Health Unit (ES)

Dyslexia, Bilingualism, and Learning a Second Language: dyslexia in bilinguals and second language learners

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and has been the object of much research published in books, chapters, and articles. Unfortunately, we know much less about dyslexia in bilinguals, in second language learners, or in students schooled in a second language. The latter can be in immersion or bilingual school programs or can come from minority language groups being educated in the majority language. In this interview, Psychology Today talked to Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor [...]

Dyslexia: Language and childhood

People with dyslexia around the world reveal the challenges of growing up and working with this condition. We also hear from scientists and educators working at the cutting edge of dyslexia learning and research. Reading and writing are fundamental tools in most societies, necessary for even the most basic of tasks. For the person with dyslexia this can cause an agonising disjuncture from an early age. Many dyslexic people will recall the difficulties of decoding words, the horror of the [...]

Teacher wellbeing: Five lessons from the experts

The National Health service (NHS) in the UK recognizes five steps to mental health and wellbeing. When Katherine Bilsborough first came across them, she was struck by how simple the advice is and also how appropriate it is for the teaching profession. The steps are based on evidence and the NHS claim that trying these things ‘could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life’. In this article, Katherine Bilsborough summarizes each point and adds a personal note about [...]

The world needs all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks at this TED conference about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures”, which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, […]

Bilingualism and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues, Research, and Implications

Clinicians and educators often recommend that bilingual parents expose their children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to only one language, despite the fact that there is limited research on bilingualism and children with ASD. Typically, the recommended language is English, as it is the dominant language of education and treatment services. The push to use […]

Social communication skills in the classroom

Victoria Honeybourne, a Senior Advisory Teacher for Speech, Language and Communication Needs, explores the social communication difficulties of autistic students in the mainstream classroom and offers some strategies to support them. She points out that the strategies presented are particularly useful for autistic students but will also help many other children with various speech, language […]