by Dr. Marianne Cintron

Prisms of Brilliance

Dyslexia – Closing the Achievement Gap and Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline

I want to share my journey of 2020-2021 with you. While I wrote about the paradigm shift experienced this year, meeting many brilliant dyslexic people, I feel the urgent need to still write about our continuing problem in the schools. Something has to be done about our dyslexic children but also about our other struggling readers, who are not dyslexic. For two years, including 2020, I addressed our national reading crisis and our need to stop the school to prison pipeline. I wanted to put it in this book for your reference. I share a lot of research and pray it stirs you up to get involved in some way.

Research shows that 80% of juveniles in our Juvenile Court system are illiterate. This should make us stop and wonder where we educators, parents, and paraprofessionals are missing teaching literacy. Also, research says that 66% of prison inmates are illiterate.

Read about the Neuroscience of the brain and the impact music has to helping dyslexic students read. This book addresses the reading Crisis, and how scores are dropping in spite of national mandates to assess for dyslexia and provide intervention; the Opportunities we have to help students read using Orton Gillingham Structured Literacy; Prisons, why kids are dropping out of school (35% of high school dropouts are dyslexic); and Success, how we can support our students achieving reading success and go to college if they want, if need college for their career of choice. Did you see the acronym COPS. All our students need be reading at grade level by the time they reach fourth grade. And if not they are not, we need to catch them up now with effective methods. Music is amazing and I’ll tell you why! We need to graduate from high school so we are seeing a responsible generation of adults contributing to their societies.

Dyslexia – A Trait of Genius: How to Unlock the Genius Mind of Your Dyslexic Child

Education is Dr. Cintron’s third career, springboarded from subbing in her children’s preschool to being a substitute teacher in a mental health hospital. She never dreamed of earning 5 degrees with a call to expose that “Dyslexia is a Trait of Genius!”

Dr. Cintron discovered the link between music and reading and how it eases dyslexia. Wants to unlock the genius mind of your dyslexic child by helping them read, building their self-esteem, and realizing their full potential. She has created a music app called CDSM – Cintron Dyslexia Solutions with Music, and developed a reading program created with the dyslexic child in mind.

This book takes you through Dr. Cintron’s journey to become a Dyslexia Specialist and she outlines the Six Keys to Unlocking Your Dyslexic Child’s Genius. G – Discover their Giftedness, E – What Gets your Child Enthusiastic, N- The Neuroscience of the Brain and Reading, I – The Innovation of Dyslexic People like Walt Disney, Leonardo Da Vinci, Stephen Spielberg, Steve Jobs and more, U – The Unique Approach to Teaching Reading, S- the Successes of Present Day Dyslexic Geniuses.

A Message of Hope, How Music Enhances Reading for Dyslexic Students: Case Studies and Solutions to a Systemic Problem in Our Schools

Typically, students make one to three years gains in just six weeks. Even better, they typically make three to five years gains in one year of concentrated instruction.

In a twelve-week study, all the elementary-aged students, tutored by college interns, made significant gains using the Reading from Scratch program. Students selected were reading below-basic and far-below-basic (10%-20% percentile rank). Note that 50% represents an average percentile rank. Significant improvements were found in vocabulary and reading fluency.

At the end of the intervention, all the students ranked at 40% without music and 60% with music, placing them in all in the average range! Significant improvements were also evident in reading comprehension and writing fluency; however, this data was not included in Dr. Cintron’s research.