Current research indicates that as many as 20% of the students in your school have some characteristics of dyslexia.
With many states passing legislation that mandates training for teachers and screening for students, knowing where to start and how to implement appropriately may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there is now a great deal of information about dyslexia and a much greater focus on training and support. Finding the resources to improve your own understanding of dyslexia, as well as that of your faculty, is an important first step.
Where to Start?
Provide basic information and PD resources to teachers and staff about dyslexia. Many teachers have not received training on the characteristics of dyslexia and how to identify these characteristics in their students. A free webcast that provides a wealth of resources and explains brain research and characteristics of dyslexia for administrators and educators is available here:
Identify resources that can provide information about new legislative requirements or state education department mandates. More information on state-by-state dyslexia laws can be found on the International Dyslexia Association website here.
Feel free to download our free Dyslexia white paper and training resources to help make your school accessible for students with Dyslexia.
Review currently existing assessment results to determine the number of students who are not meeting reading proficiency benchmarks (for example, DIBELS® results for Initial Sound Fluency, Letter Name Fluency, Phonemic Segmentation, Nonsense Word Fluency, and Oral Reading Fluency).
Discuss options for dyslexia support and intervention with your special education team to determine what instructional best practices might benefit struggling readers and children with dyslexia, as wel as the process for serving students with dyslexia through a 504 Plan or IEP.
Determine the plan for ongoing training and professional development for teachers in order to improve reading instruction for children with dyslexia and other print disabilities.
Consider implementing a research-based reading instruction and intervention program that meets the needs of beginning and struggling readers to prevent children who are at-risk from developing greater deficits. In the inertim, a classroom curriculum such as Phonemic Awareness in Young Children can be used to begin targeted phonemic awareness instruction and intervention —one of the most common areas of difficulty for children with dyslexia.
Download our free dyslexia resource
Feel free to download our free Dyslexia e-book titled 8 Tips for Helping Students with Dyslexia that you can share with your teachers.