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Helping Students with Dyslexia: Utilizing the Data on Hand
Posted on November 10, 2022
  • Dr. Matthew Burns
Tags
  • Dyslexia

In 2016, Missouri joined the growing list of states that required school districts to screen for dyslexia and to better support students diagnosed with or at risk for developing a reading disability.

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Dyslexia and Structured Literacy: Why I Fell in Love with Phonemic Awareness
Posted on October 15, 2020
  • Leslie Mata
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Structured Literacy

The Structured Literacy approach has been found to be particularly effective with learners with dyslexia because it focuses on decoding skills, which are critical components of finding success in reading. By emphasizing spelling patterns (instead of specific words), I can lead my students toward using decoding as a strategy, rather than them trying to memorize words by their appearance. It’s true—“Memorization is Not Understanding.”

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Dyslexia: Overcoming the Challenges of Teaching Reading
Posted on October 8, 2020
  • Leslie Mata
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Reading Intervention

Teaching reading in any classroom requires a complex set of skills and knowledge. A guided reading program is often used and a teacher must have a highly organized system of meeting with small groups, providing direct instruction when possible, and assessing and engaging in error correction. At the same time must also be working on comprehension skills while keeping students engaged and excited about reading and one can easily agree that while teachers do one of the hardest jobs on Earth, they are often lacking adequate training in how to effectively teach reading.

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Of ‘Hard Words’ and Straw Men: Let’s Understand What Reading Science is Really About
Posted on October 16, 2019
  • Dr. Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • LETRS
  • Reading Intervention

The time has come to call the public’s attention to reading science and to dispel the misconceived beliefs and practices that are so widespread in our classrooms.

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It’s Dyslexia: What’s a Teacher to Do?
Posted on October 4, 2018
  • Dr. Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Reading Intervention

Dyslexia is the most common type of developmental reading disability and one of the most studied of all learning disorders. Advocates have successfully pushed more than 40 states to adopt rules and guidelines for the identification and treatment of dyslexia. Given prevalence estimates of about 5 percent to 17 percent of all students, one or two who merit this descriptor are likely to be in every classroom. Thus, every teacher should be familiar with the nature of the disorder and how to teach children who are affected by it.

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Literacy Expert Debunks 5 Popular Myths About Dyslexia
Posted on April 26, 2018
  • Dr. Louisa Moats
Tags
  • Dyslexia
  • Literacy
  • Struggling Readers

Coming to terms with the challenges dyslexic students face can be daunting. Here, Dr. Louisa Moats dispels assumptions to illustrate five realities about dyslexia that parents and professionals must embrace.

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