October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and in celebration of this amazing opportunity to raise awareness for the cause to which we have dedicated our lives, we are excited to be hosting a giveaway each week during the month. This week we will be giving away a copy of the essential resource, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition. This valuable guide breaks down special education law and addresses questions about IEPs, eligibility and placement issues, and so much more.
The Lowdown on Dyslexia was originally published here, but with new resources, new research, and even more detailed tips, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley updated the original work below.
All About Dyslexia
by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley
Every teacher in every classroom in every school in this country (and beyond) will come across several, if not dozens, of students who just can’t keep seem to get the ‘reading thing’ down. The students are smart, articulate, and creative, yet they omit small words, read slowly, have difficulty spelling, and stumble, guess or mumble through multisyllabic words. They are placed in reading groups for extra instruction and still don’t seem to ‘get it.’ And during his or her career, every teacher in every classroom in every school will ask themselves, “How can I help these children?” The answer is to learn as much as possible about dyslexia , because the child described above has dyslexia.
Do you want to know what keeps me up at night? No? Well, I am going to tell you anyway. It’s not my bills, my aches and pains, a good guest host on Saturday Night Live or even the excitement of an upcoming vacation. What keeps me up at night are the parents that come to my office, who tell me their story, trying their best to hold back tears, and who leave my office with the reality of their situation laid out before them and never come back. Continue reading
In September 2013, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky presented a webinar designed to educate parents about the special education laws and how the relate specifically to dyslexia. The webinar, sponsored and hosted by Learning Ally, explains the IDEA, IEPs, 504s, accommodations, and more.