Monday, January 03, 2005

Spelling Can Be a Disability - So Why Aren't There Accommodations for Students?

Brain research shows that injury to specific areas of the brain can cause spelling errors (worse with sight words), and yet spelling disabilities are not recognized by schools or standardized testing agencies. With the new writing component of the SAT and mandatory state testing like the WASL, children with spelling disabilities are being set up for failure. The problem is that educational guidelines are trailing far behind neuroscience research.

The role of left posterior inferior temporal cortex in spelling -- Rapcsak and Beeson 62 (12): 2221 -- Neurology

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