Go ahead, say this with a finger wag and a head bob and then fantasize about doing that during an IEP meeting. It’ll be fun. Ok, so I had a little fun with the title when thinking about all of the crazy things I have heard in IEPs lately and I wanted to make you smile and relieve some IEP stress; I could spend all my time lambasting people, but I thought it would be more productive if I used the comments as a springboard to describe what the underlying problem is when you hear these types of comments and how they help you advocate for a child with dyslexia (how is that for a run-on sentence I couldn’t figure out how to fix – Oh, no I didn’t).
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.
Knowing the facts about dyslexia is the first step to advocating. Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley breaks down nine of them for you below.
Dyslexia Fact #1: Dyslexia is not a vision problem and cannot be remediated by color overlays or vision therapy. Sure, those may help, but for true dyslexia, an intensive remediation is necessary. People with dyslexia see things the way people without dyslexia do, therefore if vision problems are suspected, they need to be ruled out or remediated before a diagnosis of dyslexia can be made.
- The Decoding Dyslexia movement grew to 44 states. http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/
- Dyslexia Empowerment Plan was published and we all loved it. Ben Foss became the new ‘it’ person for those with dyslexia. http://www.amazon.com/The-Dyslexia-Empowerment-Plan-Confidence/dp/0345541235
- TED-Ed allowed Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and a talented animator (Marc Christoforidis) to create a short video to promote awareness in a nutshell. It now has over 100,000 views. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zafiGBrFkRM
- Dislecksia was finally released in theaters and Harvey Hubbell continues to make personal appearances. http://www.dislecksiathemovie.com/
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