Archive for November, 2010

Dyslexia.

How many dyslexics experience a page.

Dyslexia is a learning disorder, among for example dyscalculia and ADHD, and it means that the affected one has problems learning through and grasping text of different kinds. It does not, however, mean that one has trouble understanding or remembering.

As you all know we have different ways of learning. Some might be better off with numbers or pictures, some with melodies or movement. While dyscalculia means trouble learning mathematics and numbers, and ADHD problem concentrating while being still, dyslexia is an extreme branch of the people that have problems with letters and words, and those people are making a 5-8% of Sweden’s population.

Beside this disability, dyslectics often are imaginative, creative and visual multi-thinkers, which is the reason for some to see it as a gift. People over winning their disability and turning it into academic studies often become very successful*, although the road there can be very demanding.

Christel Berg, responsible for management at the University of Lund, tells Sydsvenskan (4 October, 2007) that even though people with dyslexia can get access to a lot of material that will help them improve their studies at the university – such as voice books and extended time at tests – it is nothing that you would wish for. What dyslectics often lack, she continues, is a good study technique. However, dyslexia is no static state, and so reading skills as well as a well formed study technique can be improved.

According to my experiences of this learning disability, what many dyslectics also lack is confidence. When one has a hard time performing certain tasks that most other people do without any difficulties, one starts to blame oneself, which creates another barrier for the learning, above the one already existing.

Dyslexia is divided up into seven groups** depending on what symptoms are shown and what the so called source of the problem is. These groups are General, Writing/Motor Skills, Math/Time Management, Vision/Reading/Spelling, Memory/Cognition and Behavior/Health/Development/Personality. The principle of these groups made by Ronald D. Davis (author of The Gift of Dyslexia) is that if you have at least 10 of the symptoms from any of these groups you might have dyslexia. Ronald D. Davis also states that “The most consistent thing about dyslexia is inconsistency” – meaning that there is more to the learning disabilities than we know right now.

*Examples of famous people having dyslexia are scientist Albert Einstein, actors Tom Cruise and Keira Knightley, artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Andy Warhol, musician John Lennon, founder of IKEA Ingmar Kamprad, film maker Walt Disney, writer Agatha Christie, champion boxer Muhammad Ali, and former U.S. presidents Woodrow Wilson and John F. Kennedy.

**If you are eager for more, go to www.dyslexia.com for more information, or www.dyslexia.com/library/symptoms to get to the groups and list of symptoms.

By: Katja Slonawski, IB11

Introducing Stella.

Stella

Stella is that go- to- friend when you just need a bit of unbiased advice, the gossip queen or whatever else you make her or need her to be. The idea is that if you send an e-mail to Stella, requesting to be anonymous, the Itch will under no circumstances publish your name or contact information. But if you’re cool with having say, your first name or nickname as signature, then that’s alright. We won’t exactly point a gun to your head. The only one who reads the e-mails is Stella, and she’s sworn to secrecy. The consequences of her outing someone are really serious, which she knows. With that said, I can personally vouch for her, as I trust her completely and I’m convinced she’ll do a great job. She’s so special in fact, that she’s getting her own category 🙂

You can reach her at: askstella@yahoo.com

By: Sarah Ahassad, SP3B (Editor-in-Chief)

Alcohol Cheaper Than Water? Find it Down Under!

Ethanol in various shapes.

On October 8, 2010 a study in New Zealand pointed out that alcohol has become cheaper than one thing humans rely on…water! Researchers conducting this survey convey that they feel there may be a serious health issue when it comes to the price ratio of alcohol to water. “International scientific evidence strongly indicates that cheap alcohol is a factor in promoting binge drinking by young people, and in increasing the overall size of the health and social harm from alcohol misuse,” associate professor Nick Wilson said. In Otago, New Zealand, researchers of Otago University found the cost of wine (.62 cents) per drink was .5 cents cheaper than a bottle of water (.67 cents). The New Zealand medical Journal has also discovered that the price of alcohol keeps decreasing as the minimum wage continues to increase. The reason for such cheap booze in the past recent years is due to the fact that winemakers seek to offload excess stock they have. Wilson and co-researcher Fiona Gunasekara feel that this cheap alcohol is taking a toll on New Zealand’s health. They urged the government to raise taxes on alcohol and control marketing and sponsorship actives to control the consumption of alcohol. “Our analysis suggests alcohol is now probably the cheapest recreational drug in New Zealand and has become increasingly affordable, at the same time as concern about binge drinking culture has grown,” Wilson said. While New Zealand seems to look down upon the price of alcohol, in ones opinion, one can be sure that everywhere else, people are wishing for the same price change to happen in their own region.

By: Roxanne Allen, IB12