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Monday, January 15, 2007


Liz Ditz

Correct links for KdeRosa's blog post:


Liz, is there any properly conducted research showing that dyslxics receiving direct instruction plus a multisensory approach performed better than dyslexics receiving only the direct instruction portion?

I don't dispute that some kids have great difficulty learning to read, I just don't think that there is any credible evidence that there exists a medical condition that sets some of the kids apart from other kids who have difficulty learning to read. (Which is not to say that there exists rare conditions that do afflict some people.) I also thnk that Engelmann's point stands that the underlying causation behind the fMRI evidence has yet to be shown. Lastly, even the current accepted definitions of dyslexia lean toward the instructional deficits as opposed to a medical explanantion. I'd analogize it to calling alcoholism a disease: perhaps the doubletalk helps remove the stigma, and that may be a good thing, but the existence of the underlying condition remians elusive.

Concerned Parent of a Dyslexic

Zig Engelmann is a dangerous hack and his philosophies are crippling school districts.. not to mention the 20% of the school population who do not respond to his "junk Science"

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