Take a few minutes to watch this wonderful, new video on Autism beginning with the words, “We are all different….” While it is about autism, the main message is relevant to all those with learning differences and important for everyone.
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“One in five students struggle with dyslexia, which can affect their ability to read, write and participate in class. Microsoft Learning Tools is software that helps improve reading skills by reducing visual crowding, highlighting words, and reading text aloud, so students can engage with words in a whole new way.
See how technology and education come together to empower young minds to do more.”
This is a very informative overview of reading levels. PC READS always encourages families to consider audio books, as they enable and motivate students who have the capability to comprehend more difficult text to enjoy books above their independent reading levels.
This review took into account ranking the following areas, which are all important to students with dyslexia:
(1) Assistive Technology
(2) Academic tutoring and/or skill development coaching specifically related to reading/writing
(3) Special courses to help students develop their reading/writing abilities and/or improve their study skills
(4) Reading and/or writing-related workshops
(5) On-campus and/or online writing center services
“If you suspect your child is struggling with reading, don’t adopt a “wait and see” approach. Of course, it’s never too late to learn to read and spell, but early intervention is important. Seek out information: talk to specialists, read appropriate books, ask your pediatrician for a referral to a neuropsychologist, talk to other parents who have “been there”…you will find the support you need! Often times, especially when you first begin to gather information, the process can be overwhelming. Don’t give up. Just take one small step at a time.”
Great advice from Richard Branson to a young student. Remember it and share it with your own kids!
“Collin, don’t let school hold you back. Turn your attention to things that you can see the relevance in and are passionate about; if you do, not only will your brain open up, but so will your world.”
The second annual Wasatch Reading Summit will be held on October 5 & 6 2017 and is sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia Utah, Utah State Office of Education and University of Utah Reading Clinic. The Wasatch Reading Summit is a comprehensive professional development conference for new and veteran teachers and for parents of students with Dyslexia. The conference will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Richard Selznick, David A. Kilpatrick, PhD, John Rodriques M.Ed. and Dr. Sam Goldstein.
For full information and to purchase tickets click on the link above.
Check out this news from Richard Branson! It will be exciting to see the work of this new organization!
Do you have a high school or college student? This article has very good information and advice as you student begins to navigate the application process and time on campus.
EXCERPT: Many parents think if their child received accommodation and support services in high school they will automatically get them in college. Not so. Students with a learning disability must submit to the college’s ODS documentation of their disability (usually from a health care professional like a psychologist or a physician) with a recommendation on what accommodations the student should receive.
“Time and again, administrators, reading specialists, and classroom teachers sang the praises of Fundations, a curriculum developed by Wilson.”
Implementing Wilson Fundations in the PCSD is part of the district’s current Dyslexia Initiative. This year, Fundations was introduced at McPolin Elementary School in K-2. The goal is to roll it out to our other 3 elementary schools next year. An Implementation Plan is scheduled to be presented at the May 16th Board Meeting. Read the article below about success at a PA school.
Register today for DTI’s Virtual Conference: Education Changes Everything. Learn from the comforts of your home from an excellent line-up of speakers!
Dyslexia: Disability or Difference? Another excellent article by Kyle Redford! Sharing a few excerpts, but it’s worthwhile to read the entire piece.
“Additionally, as long as students with dyslexia have to fight for specialized reading instruction or access to assistive technology like audiobooks in classrooms, we cannot afford to move away from the disability classification. By definition, students with developmental dyslexia struggle to learn to read in spite of adequate instruction and otherwise high intelligence. In other words, their difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and spelling are “unexpected” given the student’s broader intellectual profile and environmental background.”
“Depending on the school’s reading program, dyslexics often need alternative remediation to learn to read. And the same things that make reading hard also make spelling and writing especially challenging. Most important, these challenges are not something students outgrow. Although developmental dyslexia’s impact on students usually morphs over time, it never goes away.”
Exciting new program from Wilson Fundations for Pre-K!
“The Title I elementary school, along with 74 other pre-kindergarten classes throughout Greensboro’s sprawling Guilford County school district, served as a pilot site for the Fundations Pre-K Activity Set during the 2014-2015 school year. The district has been using it ever since.”
“The Guilford County Schools’ pre-k program currently serves more than 1,200 students in 75 classrooms at 51 elementary schools. In addition to the Fundations pre-k set, the district provides Fundations K-3 in all 69 of its elementary schools.”
“Nothing makes me prouder than hearing my children speak up for their needs. They understand the impact of dyslexia on their schoolwork and assignments. … They have the courage to change an environment that may work just fine for other kids, but that needs to be tweaked for them. That’s real bravery.”
This article reviews five common literacy practices in U.S. schools that research suggests are not optimal use of instructional time.
Excellent news out of the U.S.Supreme Court today – and a unanimous decision!!
“It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not,” read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Roberts went on:
When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing “merely more than de minimis” progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all. For children with disabilities, receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to “sitting idly . . . awaiting the time when they were old enough to ‘drop out.’”
Check out what is happening in Colorado Springs!
From this KPCW Interview: The Park City School Board received an update on the Dyslexia Pilot Program which is currently underway at McPolin Elementary. The Board will decide this spring if it should be implemented in all four of Park City’s elementary schools.
Interested in Wilson Language Certification?? Scholarships through the University of Utah Reading Clinic program are due March 3, 2017.
What is dyslexia? Watch as reading expert Margie Gillis explains what dyslexia is, including signs and symptoms of dyslexia. Hear her talk about why reading is difficult for children with dyslexia, and how to help.
Each year, Learning Ally offers two endowed scholarship awards for outstanding students with print and learning disabilities. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.
“An independent review of the Park City School District’s special education services found glaring deficiencies in how the district operates the program.
The review was conducted over the course of a week in the fall by 12 staff members of the Utah State Board of Education Special Education Section who studied the district by interviewing parents, teachers and administrators; holding focus groups; and observing classrooms. The group last week delivered a report on its findings to the Park City Board of Education, which commissioned the review in the summer, after a series of criticisms were levied against the special education program.”
The full report can be found here: Program Evaluation Report: PCSD
“I get the most heartbreaking emails from adults who are still ashamed of their spelling.” – Susan Barton
On this page, she shares some of those emails.
Dyslexia is genetic. If a parent is dyslexic, there is a 50% chance their child will be, too. This is an honest blog entry by a dyslexic mother.
“I’ve also discovered another little blip – I had forgotten that I can’t spell words out loud. I have to write them down.”
Looking for a good book series for your elementary school child? Check out the Hank Zipzer books, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver!
The Utah State Board of Education’s Evaluation Report of the Park City School District’s special education program was shared at the January 25th PCSD Board Meeting. Excellent information and recommendations within.
Short clip for those following the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
PC READS recommends that parents keep binders and we held a meeting on this topic earlier this year. Here is a good IEP Checklist from Understood.org to add to your binder!
Learning Ally’s Great Reading Games kicks off for thousands of students across the US who read differently. Featuring NYT Best-selling authors Lauren Tarshis (I Survived Series) and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid).
Wonderful article (written by a dyslexic) for educators and parents! Although including an excerpt below, this is worth the full read!
EXCERPT: When dyslexis don’t understand, they are often too ashamed to ask for help, because they are confused as to why they are finding it difficult or why they can’t understand or complete the given task.
Praise the positive, tell them which bits you like, ask what bits they feel need improving. Only then gently question and coach them on how they could improve. If you push too hard you will break them not because they are weak but because they are too strong for their own good, creating barriers to protect themselves, that will eventually become their downfall.