Each of these people made a difference because of their learning differences. What an elite group in which to be a member!
Video of the speakers at the 2013 Dyslexia Symposium hosted by Dyslexic Kids and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Speakers include: Kristin Baxter from the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana http://www.diin.org/, Laurie Gray from Socratic Parenting http://www.socraticparenting.com/, Kris Lill from the Allen County Public Library http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/, and Scott Forsythe from Dyslexic Kids http://dyslexickids.net/Welcome.html.
The Symposium was a huge success! The crowd was even larger than expected, and the speakers (Ms. Baxter, Ms. Gray and Ms. Lill) are without question the best in their fields. They are knowledgeable and engaging, and I left the symposium feeling empowered.
Ms. Kristin Baxter from Dyslexia Institute of Indiana gave a wonderful overview about dyslexia, its symptoms and its gifts, and she shared the numerous services DII provides (http://www.diin.org/).
Ms. Laurie Gray, well-known attorney and author, delivered a powerful presentation about bullying and the laws in Indiana (http://www.socraticparenting.com/).
Ms. Kris Lill shared all of the remarkable resources the Allen County Public Library is providing to assist children who have dyslexia (http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/).
I spoke about my experiences, why I created the Dyslexic Kids support organization for children and teens with dyslexia, and the resources I provide (http://dyslexickids.net/Welcome.html).
Ms. Tina Bailey, a local tutor who specializes in helping children with dyslexia, was on hand to answer questions (ABetterChance2Learn@yahoo.com), as was Specialty Tutoring (http://specialtytutoring.com/) and Mr. Kenny Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It was a fantastic symposium and I am so grateful to each of these wonderful people for donating their time! I videotaped a portion of the symposium and will share that with you later today.
Scott Forsythe, Dyslexic Kids
This poster that gives you a fun way to remember lowercase b, d, p and g was very popular when I first posted it and many of you requested that I post it again.
My students really enjoy using whiteboards and sandboxes. When they make mistakes, they want something that is quick and easy to erase; none of us want a lasting reminder of our mistakes!
Learning to read from left to right can be very difficult for students with dyslexia. This sometimes helps.
This TED talk about the ability to teach without words is thought-provoking, particularly the pie chart in the beginning which identifies the tiny percentage of students who can excel under the traditional methods of teaching. Why not adopt a teaching method that will allow all students to excel? The computer program in the video is one idea, but there are so many simple changes that can be made!
Several of you asked that I talk about tips for teachers, and several of you asked to see certain posters again, so I’ll spread this out over a couple of days lest I inundate your inbox today. :-)
Here are some articles I hope you find helpful. :-)
From One (Dyslexic) Teacher to Another: http://dyslexia.yale.edu/1Teacher2Another.html
What Are Classrooms Like for Students with Learning Disabilities?: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/39151/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=RRSocialMedia
Teaching Children With Dyslexia: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alex-dyer/teaching-children-with-dyslexia_b_2477883.html
Supporting High School Students with Dyslexia: http://specialed.about.com/od/readingliteracy/a/High-school-students-in-inclusive-settings-strategies.htm
Dyslexia and High School: http://www.ldonline.org/article/25150/
Continuing with your questions and suggestions, today we’ll talk about foreign languages. Is it easier or more difficult for someone with dyslexia to learn a foreign language? Does it depend on the language? Does it depend on the person?
Below are some articles that deal with dyslexia and foreign languages. However, I would prefer to hear about your experiences. Have you learned a foreign language? Which language? Did you find it easier or more difficult?
International Dyslexia Association -http://www.interdys.org/DC_Succeeding%20in%20a%20foreign%20language.htm
British Dyslexia Association -http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/schools-colleges-and-universities/modern-foreign-languages-and-dyslexia.html
Dyslexia Association of Ireland -http://www.dyslexia.ie/information/information-for-students/language-learning/
TEFL - http://www.tefl.net/esl-articles/dyslexia.htm
Continuing with the suggestions you submitted, today we’re going to talk about transitions. Change is difficult, especially for students and their parents who are dealing with changes in personnel and policies at school. It seems that by the time you have developed the right working relationship with the teachers and administration, and the student has grown comfortable with the materials and procedures, it’s time to move to a new school (elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school, high school to college). How do you cope with these changes?
Below are some articles that address this issue, but I’d prefer to hear from you. What strategies have you employed to help your child transition from one level of school to another? How did the policies, procedures and accommodations compare?
Elementary to Middle School:
Middle School to High School:
High School to College:
Week 2 of Dyslexia Awareness Week! This week I will do my best to address the suggestions you’ve sent me. I’ve received the most requests for lists of colleges that are best for students with learning differences, so I’ll begin with that and related topics. I have a lot of resources and links about this, but I’m certain I missed a few.
Scholarships for students with learning differences:http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/teens/scholarships-for-students-with-learning-disabilities
"Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students": http://www.college-scholarships.com/learning_disabilities.htm
A list of colleges that empower the students, stress individualized learning, and provide a broad range of assistance and accommodations for students with learning differences:
"Colleges with Structured Support Programs or Structured Services for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and/or Other Disabilities":
"Succeed in College as a Learning Disabled Student":
"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 1)":
"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 2)":
"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 3)":