Dyslexia Help at the University of Michigan
MARCH 2017
Find their Gifts through Strengths and Interests

Find their Gifts through Strengths and Interests

A Dyslexia Reflection by Dr. Joanne Pierson

We all want to do well in life. Engaging in activities in which we are successful fosters positive self-worth and builds resilience, which we can then use when we are tackling challenging tasks.

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STRENGTHS AND INTERESTS
How to Discover a Dyslexic Child’s Strengths and Interests

How to Discover a Dyslexic Child’s Strengths and Interests

Learn how to determine your child’s strengths and interests. Open-ended questions and active listening can help, but there are more ways, both formal and informal, to discover in this article.

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Getting to Work (or Play)

Teaching students to leverage strategies is an important part of their learning self-advocacy and independence. Also, find examples of student-initiated projects to help students focus on their strengths.

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Self-Advocacy: You Are Your Best Advocate!

Self-advocacy is taking control of your own life—independently making choices and choosing what is important to you. You may feel like you are already doing this, but consider other ways you can become your best advocate.

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The Ides of March

By Dr. Michael Ryan

A bad day for Julius Caesar becomes a good day for a dyslexic student whose teacher, parents, and friends honor his strengths and celebrate his unconventional classroom project.

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Dyslexia Success Story

Daniel Powter
Musician

Though quite successful in the music industry, Powter’s early history with music included challenges. His dyslexia affected not only his reading and writing of words, but also of music—a rare trait of dyslexic musicians. Learn why he has called dyslexia a “gift.”

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Is There a Dyslexia Tax Benefit?

Is There a Dyslexia Tax Benefit?

Learn about the possible income tax benefits of Dyslexia and ADHD being classified as medical conditions.

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The Future of Thinking Differently

The Future of Thinking Differently

Living and succeeding with dyslexia isn’t about reading faster or fitting in better, but finding your own way to express your talents.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes dyslexia?

The causes of dyslexia are varied and not fully established. There are two types of dyslexia—acquired and developmental.

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