October Dyslexia Newsletter

October 2022

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FISD Dyslexia Celebrates National Dyslexia Awareness Month!

In honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month, FISD is welcome to follow in the spirit of World Dyslexia Awareness Day (October 8th) so this Friday, October 7, we will be wearing red to bring awareness to dyslexia and all of our students and families who are impacted by dyslexia. Ask any dyslexic student about their school experience and they will tell you about the gut wrenching fear of receiving their school work back covered in red ink. The color red was about taking back the power and to raise awareness.

As we know, with support and proven methods of instruction for students with dyslexia, there are no limits to what our students can achieve!

Dyslexia Awareness Month

As teachers know, there is no universal way to educate. Individual students have unique ways of retaining information, and many must also contend with circumstances that may disrupt their learning, like social and emotional factors, disorders, and disabilities. Not every learning disability is immediately visible. National Dyslexia Awareness Month 2022 is here. What a great time to inform, advocate, and bring awareness to others in the community about dyslexia.



Dyslexia affects as much as 10% - 20% of the entire world's population and makes up 80%-90% of those with specific learning disabilities in the school populations, yet little is known about dyslexia by educators who help the students every day. What many of us take for granted, such as reading and writing fluently, is an area of great struggle for those who have dyslexia.

It's not easy to group with dyslexia or raise a child with dyslexia. Despite its commonality, it is often hidden and those living with dyslexia make countless compromises to "fit in" to a neurotypical society. Simple tasks take great effort and often students do not receive the correct support, leaving them discouraged and parents feeling helpless.

Shinning the light on the barriers that exist and better informing ourselves spreads awareness helping others to understand dyslexia. As we increase awareness this month remember that dyslexia presents itself differently. Honing in on the strengths that dyslexic students bring to the table is vital for their confidence and lifelong learning.

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Decoding and the Struggling Reader From Really Great Reading

Registration for Decoding and the Struggling Reader presented by Really Great Reading before October 12th.

Register HERE!


This session is free to all who attend. You will receive immediate strategies to help your struggling readers do what good readers do naturally. Increase students' attention to phonics patterns in works, rate of accuracy, and strategies for attacking unfamiliar words and multisyllabic words.

Dyslexia Friendly Classroom

The First Step:



The first step to creating a dyslexia-friendly classroom is to learn about dyslexia and fully understand the challenges a child with dyslexia face during their time in school. According to studies between 10% and 20% of the population has challenges with dyslexia. There are key common themes of struggle for dyslexic students. These struggles include difficulty with memory, reading, writing, oral communication, and processing information. Without the proper support, these struggles cause great difficulty throughout the school day, increasing stress, the potential for anxiety, and long-term negative impacts.


Top Ten Ways


  1. Schedule Brain Breaks
  2. Scaffold Instructions
  3. Provide a clear line of sight for non-verbal communication
  4. Provide Memory clues
  5. Use visual aids


  1. Plan for Inclusive Homework
  2. Avoid rote-learning
  3. Utilize multisensory learning techniques
  4. Grade positively using feedback to fix mistakes
  5. Utilize technology and accommodations


Conclusion

Many learners in our classrooms could be supported by the resources and practices that make the classroom easier to learn in. Good practices for dyslexia are good practices for everyone. Making simple changes not only benefits dyslexic students but all learners will be more confident and motivated in their learning, which in turn, will enable them to make better progress.


Check out this resource on making your classroom dyslexia friendly.


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Multisensory Instruction Resources

Check out Free resources from IMSE to add to your therapy program.

SAVE THE DATE:


Come Experience Dyslexia:

About this event...

Join us for a hands-on experience of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia encounter daily. The Dallas IDA will guide you through two to three simulation experiences containing language-based tasks. A general discussion and a question and answer session will complete the experience.


***This event is free and open to the public***


Date and time:

Mon, October 10, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Location:

HB Bell School Support Service Center 2909 North Buckner Boulevard Room 150 Dallas, TX 75228


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