This chart from Understood provides a good overview for understanding the differences between a private, clinical diagnosis and a school’s educational evaluation results.
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Excellent audio documentary about dyslexia – including history (have you heard about the “Reading Wars?”), advocacy work and personal stories. Definitely worth an hour of your time! Please share widely.
“There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that’s supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.”
School begins on August 24th here in Park City! The first item on this list is critical: “Open the Lines of Communication: Reach out and introduce yourself, your child, and your circumstances to your child’s new teachers and administrators early on. Give the teacher the benefit of the doubt that his love for teaching is genuine. This goes a long way to build trust.”
Detroit’s new School Superintendent,Nikolai Vitti, shares his background and passion for helping students with dyslexia.
EXCERPT: Among the worst moments of elementary school came when his teachers would pick a child, one by one, to read a passage from a book. “I remember sweating and thinking, ‘Oh, my God, please do not pick me.’ And then having to read and kids laughing.”
Great opportunity for educators as the school year begins! Continuing education credits available, too. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
When students are identified as struggling readers in a tiered system of support (RTI/MTSS) process, it’s very easy to pull them out of the classroom to give them individualized instruction and support to address the gaps in their learning. However, this strategy keeps students away from class culture, away from important instruction and away from their friends—which can impact them socially.
In this edWebinar, Learning Ally’s Terrie Noland will explore:
- Specific accommodations and tools to support student’s right in the general education classroom
- Specific examples of how educators make the learning environment cohesive, yet differentiated, all at the same time
- Pacing and implementing lesson plans for a positive, powerful impact on struggling readers
There will be time to ask Terrie questions after her presentation. This session is designed for K-8 administrators, general education teachers and special education teachers, as well as school librarians. Join us to learn how to support struggling readers in their general education classroom alongside their peers!
The National Association of School Psychologists is offering this program on September 29, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 pm (Utah time).
More elementary-aged students are being identified with dyslexia, but schools do not use the term despite public pressure to do so. This webinar will show that reading disabilities have always existed in K-12 schools and will discuss differences between educational and clinical diagnoses. We will also discuss signs of future reading problems, considerations for selecting screening tools for dyslexia, and interventions methods that can improve both reading performance and dyslexia screening accuracy.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify common myths regarding early warning signs for dyslexia.
- Use psychometric properties and base rates to critically evaluate processes and tools used to screen for dyslexia
- Implement a classwide intervention as part of the dyslexia screening process.
Take a few minutes and listen to Jamie Oliver share his #madebydyslexia story.
Register now for this free fall webinar! The CTOPP-2 is one of the most often recommended assessments for phonological processing skills. Take this webinar to learn more!
Dyslexia is a literacy issue, which is why spreading awareness throughout communities is so important! The Costco Connection’s August issue, with this article on dyslexia, will reach 12 million households. How wonderful!
“Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial: There’s a short window of time when children learn to read, and after that point, they must be able to read with comprehension in order to continue learning. Indeed, literacy is key for a healthy self-concept, learning practical life skills and optimal psychosocial development.”
Kyle Redford’s articles are thoughtful and on point. Continuing to spread awareness about dyslexia is necessary so that all students are able to reach their potential.
EXCERPT: In order to identify dyslexics, teachers have to know the clues. Dyslexics are slow and effortful readers, but they are often the students who demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of content or story. They often have sloppy handwriting and struggle with spelling, but they have amazing ideas. In math, they may be the student who cannot retain their math facts, but readily offer creative ways to solve the problems. They struggle with written tests, but may lead class discussion. Overall, their weak mechanical skills shouldn’t be any indication of their intellectual abilities.
Historical article on dyslexia – from 1944!
“Millions of children in the US suffer from dyslexia, which is the medical term for reading difficulties. It is responsible for about 70% of the school failures in 6 to 12 year age group, and handicaps almost 13% of all grade-school children.” (Life, 1944)
(To read the full article from Life, look for the link in the article.)
A valuable article about online tutoring and how to best ensure your child receives helpful instruction.
Thank you, Park City Rotary Club! Our MIND events are free and open to any student struggling with reading. These are all active kids who are athletes, artists, good friends and leaders – but when they get together, they can joke about being terrible spellers, hear stories about self-advocating in the classroom or celebrate the end of 3 years of after-school tutoring. This year, the participants learned about assistive technology, celebrated their strengths and attended social events at Black Diamond Gymnastics and the Kimball Art Center.
Please email us at www.parkcityreads.org if you’d like information about MIND.
Very thoughtful article which parents are sure to love!
“Dyslexia is ….. ONE part of my child. It’s also a part we embrace, and we hope that in time the world will learn to embrace all of our neuro-diverse brains as well.”
As summer begins and many families have car trips planned, consider checking audiobooks out of your local library for the entire family to enjoy!
“He has become a child that reads. And he is not alone. Several students this year are having incredible reading experiences, kids who have never liked reading, are begging for the next book, begging for time to listen. Yes, listen, because these students are devouring one audio-book after another. Comprehending the words without having to struggle through the decoding. Accessing stories that they have heard their friends talk about. No longer looking at the easier books while they long for something with more substance. Those children are becoming readers with the help of audio-books.”
This article provides a very good overview about foreign languages and dyslexia, as well as specific suggestions to make learning a foreign language successful.
“How successful they are depends on the individual student, the approach taken, and to some degree, the language students choose to learn.”
The Remy Johnston award recognizes a young student who is a worthy role model for others, refuses to be limited by the challenges of learning differences, and strives for excellence, choosing to live life as an achiever.
Honor the work of these amazing students by submitting nominations no later than August 15, 2017.
Digraphs, diphthongs, blends and more! Although some students learn to read easily, many students need to be taught these rules explicitly. And, teaching these rules to all students will improve spelling, too.
Good article on ADHD, Dyslexia and Self-Esteem.
EXCERPT: ADHD symptoms are usually apparent from the first day of school, whereas dyslexia is often not fully recognized until fourth or fifth grade, when the shift is made from learning to read to reading to learn. Parents who express concern early on are often told by teachers that “every student reads differently and they will catch up.”
EXCERPT: Parents sometimes fear the label of “dyslexia” for their child. They do not want their child to feel different, but dyslexic kids do feel different, because they are. It is our responsibility to see that the difference is not equated with inferiority. Studies show that when children are diagnosed as having “dyslexia” — versus vague labels like “specific learning disability”— their self-esteem is positively affected.
Our kids may not know him, but most parents will!
EXCERPT: Fleetwood, 67, says little was known about dyslexia when he was a kid. He went undiagnosed and was a terrible student. He was paralyzed by fear whenever a teacher asked him to go to the blackboard and answer a question. “Dyslexia is very hard,” he writes. “You spend hours going in circles because you don’t know how to go in a straight line.”
This link will open up the assessment report that was completed by the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) and shared at the PCSD Board Meeting on May 16th. Wilson Fundations was piloted at McPolin Elementary School as part of the Dyslexia Initiative during the 2016-2017 school year. The pilot was very successful and the district will be rolling Wilson Fundations out to all elementary schools in Fall 2017. The Dyslexia Initiative also sent 5 PCSD educators to IMSE Orton-Gillingham training and including Dyslexia Awareness Presentations by PC READS to elementary school staff. Those presentations occurred at McPolin and Trailside and are being planned at Jeremy Ranch and Parleys for this coming year.
Special thanks to the Ty & Karen Hall Foundation for their financial support of the Dyslexia Initiative.
This link will open up the Wilson Fundations Implementation Plan that was shared at the PCSD Board Meeting on May 16th. Wilson Fundations was piloted at McPolin Elementary School as part of the Dyslexia Initiative during the 2016-2017 school year. The pilot was very successful and the district will be rolling Wilson Fundations out to all elementary schools in Fall 2017. The Dyslexia Initiative also sent 5 PCSD educators to IMSE Orton-Gillingham training and including Dyslexia Awareness Presentations by PC READS to elementary school staff. Those presentations occurred at McPolin and Trailside and are being planned at Jeremy Ranch and Parleys for this coming year.
Special thanks to the Ty & Karen Hall Foundation for their financial support of the Dyslexia Initiative.
How might dyscalculia affect students on a daily basis? Read on …
Have you heard of the “Reading Wars?” When advocating for struggling readers, it’s important to understand the history of teacher training & reading instruction.
EXCERPT: If we peel back the skin of the reading onion, we can understand why. For fifty plus years the education profession has been embroiled in a fundamental debate regarding the teaching of reading. We call this debate the “Reading Wars.” It pitted the teaching of reading using whole language versus the teaching of reading through systematic and explicit phonics instruction, which decades of reading research supports (e.g., Adams, 1990; Berninger & Amtmann, 2003; Liberman, 1973; Moats, 2006; National Reading Panel, 2006).
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.
“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.”