On the cover is Amber Dunbar.
The March 2021 issue of Dystinct Magazine brings to you:
(1) My Education – It Should Not Be This Hard – by Jacquelyn Taylor
14-year-old Jacquelyn from Maine, USA, talks of her battles of fighting for her rights within a flawed system that isn’t designed for children with learning difficulties.
(2) Dyslexia and Advocacy: I Suspect my Child has Dyslexia – by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley
Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley outlines information on ways to prepare to advocate for children whose parents suspect they have dyslexia.
(3) Challenges Faced by Military Children with Dyslexia – by Hilary Laxson
Hilary Laxson talks of the struggles specific to military children with dyslexia in the US and how it can be alleviated.
(4) Reading by Hand – The Handwriting Link to Developing the Reading Brain- by Susan E. Miller
Susan Miller talks about the importance of teaching handwriting to children and shares the latest research on why handwriting practice is crucial to a child’s developing brain.
(5) The Dystinct Journey of Phoebe McAllan
The story of 14-year-old Phoebe McAllan, a sportsperson and dyslexia advocate who puts herself out there to advocate for herself and her classmates who struggle with learning.
(6) Spotlight on Dyslexia Victoria Support
The story of how warrior mum Heidi Gregory set up the Dyslexia Support Victoria Facebook group and how the initiative now provides evidence-based support to over 6000 families in Victoria, Australia.
(7) Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder- What We Know and What We Can Do – by Dr. Angela Webb
A comprehensive article on the impact, symptoms, assessment, types, and intervention for DCD by Dr. Angela Webb, an advisory board member of the Dyspraxia UK foundation.
(8) The Dystinct Journey of Diana Correa-Cintron
Attorney and social activist, turned dyslexia advocate Diana talks of her experience raising her two boys with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
(9) Does Remediation Curb Creativity/ Special Ability? – by Dr. Kerry Hempenstall
Dr. Kerry Hempenstall presents a critical evaluation of research to respond to the question ‘does remediation cost our children their creative abilities?’
(10) The Dystinct Journey of Lulu Pringle
The story of 12-year-old Lulu from Groesbeck, USA, who has a remarkably long list of achievements and a very positive attitude.
(11) Helping Adults with Dyslexia – by Antonia Canaris
Antonia draws attention to the differences in providing intervention for adults compared to children, their unmet needs, and ways to make remediation adult friendly.
(12) The Dystinct Journey of Amber Dunbar
The story of self-taught animator and YouTuber Amber Dunbar, who creates impressive animations from scratch at just 13 years old. Also covered in the story is her mum Kim Dunbar who trained to become an MSL therapist to help her daughter.
(13) Supporting Students with Dyslexia for School Success Throughout the Pandemic – by Michele L. Haiken
Technology tools and strategies to help students keep up with the changing learning landscape.
(14) Social-Emotional Learning to Empower Children with Learning Difficulties – by Peggy Stern
Peggy’s insights into raising confident and resilient children who are empowered enough to advocate for themselves.
(15) Famous people with Dyslexia – The Dystinct Journey of Peggy Stern
The story of how a dyslexic child from the ’60s found her way into filmmaking and established an excellent Social-Emotional Learning platform involving child actors and a crew who are dyslexic themselves.
(16) The Dystinct Journey of Emma Ruskin
The story of Emma Ruskin, the girl with dyslexia and dyscalculia who has just been accepted into medical school at UCLA and her new initiative to help connect dyslexic children worldwide.
(17) Using Games to Engage Students in Mathematics – by Micheal Minas
Michael discusses the evidence behind the usefulness of games to make math engaging and how he set up his hit blog over the lockdown.
(18) The Dystinct Journey of Serena
The story of 14-year-old entrepreneur Serena who is trying to raise funds to pay her band fees next year.
(19) The Dystinct Journey of Max
The story of the successful movie maker and animator Max Strebel, the boy with an amazingly positive attitude who volunteered to read out loud in class.
We’ve had an overwhelming response from parents, educators, and organisations to our first issue. I’m incredibly thankful to all the lovely people who got in touch with me with their feedback and the support you’ve shown us.
This issue is special to me as we managed to realise one of our dreams of having children involved in the production of the magazine. We have had some amazingly talented young artists with learning difficulties help illustrate the articles contributed by experts. Their creative drawings add charm to this issue. I hope to have more children involved in many other capacities in the coming issues. The wheels are in motion for what we started as a desire to make a small difference.
I personally enjoyed chatting with all the fabulous individuals, especially the kids who have kindly shared their journeys with us in the hopes of helping all our children find some comfort during these challenging years. I also hope you will benefit from the advice that leading experts have shared here.
Both person first and diagnosis first language has been used throughout this magazine to be sensitive to people who feel passionately about either way of addressing individuals.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue and all the specialist content covered.
Please get in touch with me if you have any feedback, ideas, or stories to share to change the narrative surrounding learning difficulties.
Zahra Nawaz Shafeeq
The magazine can be accessed on your mobile and tablet devices. Click the link below to access the Dystinct Magazine.
Join the newsletter to receive the latest updates in your inbox.