Category Archives: Dyslexia

Dyslexia Goals are Needy

Dyslexia Goals are Needy by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

 

The goals of an IEP document can be tedious and even boring to pore over. Sometimes they are just glossed over, or even worse, totally ignored and just shared as an after thought during the IEP meeting. But goals are the window into what the IEP team understands about the identified and individual needs of your student. They highlight what the goal writer, who is often the person providing the instruction, knows about the reading and spelling process. The goals are what your student is going to learn over the course of an entire year, they deserve your attention. And just like services, goals have needs too.

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Dyslexia: The Language of Progress

Dyslexia - The Language of Progress by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Standard scores, fluency charts, grade equivalents, percentiles and checklists, this is what most people think of when they think of measuring progress. But how many times have you been reading these ‘progress reports’ and thought, “I know he is doing better, I see it every day. Why is it not showing up in the scores?” Part of the problem is the assessments and part of the problem is the way we are assessing progress in students who are learning the structure of the English language. We are assessing them with standardized and informal assessments and asking them questions, when we should be listening to the questions they are asking us.

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Dyslexia: It’s Okay to Go Off Script

Dyslexia - It's Okay to Go Off Script by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Dyslexia Training Institute

Dyslexia: It’s Okay to Go Off Script

I want to introduce you to Brian, he is my new student. Brian is in the seventh grade and he is reading at about the fourth grade level, his spelling is lower. I think I am about the sixth or seventh tutor he has had in his short academic life. He has had Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell and everything in between and around the way. To Brian, I am just another person, in a long line of people, who thinks she has the magic cure for him. I know he thinks this, I can just tell by the way he interacts with me during our first session, so I am going off script for Brian. This is something he is not used to and the last time his mom checked in with him, he said “I don’t hate it.” A rousing vote of confidence from an almost thirteen-year-old.

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