In a recent Edutopia post, “Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom,” Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. gives us an example of what reading a short passage would be like for someone with dyslexia. Considering that dyslexia is estimated to occur in up to 20 percent of the population, Sandman-Hurley suggests that:
“every classroom teacher has the opportunity to positively change the life of a student with dyslexia by taking the time to understand what it is and provide accommodations for accessing information that student is capable of learning through alternate formats.”
We couldn’t agree more.
A general education teacher who can introduce alternative pathways to learning the same material traditionally delivered through reading can positively effect academic outcomes for student with dyslexia. Helping these students thrive in the classroom “can be the difference between academic success and academic failure and frustration,” advises Sandman-Hurley.
For schools interested in improving teacher training in this area, Mayerson Academy’s IMSLEC and IDA Accredited Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading program provides the knowledge and skills to address reading difficulties by implementing a stronger core program, designing early intervention and providing needed remediation.
Some comments from educators about the Dyslexia Pilot Grant training completed at Mt. Washington School and Roberts Paideia Academy:
What did you learn?
– Recognizing the different levels in the pyramid of intervention, how to assess kids and move them up/down through tiers as necessary
– I will use this knowledge to help guide my lesson planning. I will make sure to progress monitor my students. This will help me to gain more knowledge of the effectiveness of my lessons.
Course evaluation data based on a 5-point scale (Mt. Washington School):
– Level of knowledge in this area was rated at 2.67 before the course and 4.33 at the conclusion of the course
– Presenter effectiveness was rated 4.83
– Relevance to professional duties was rated 4.83
Course evaluation data based on a 5-point scale (Roberts Paideia):
– Level of knowledge in this area was rated at 3.67 before the course and 4.17 at the conclusion of the course
– Presenter effectiveness was rated 4.50
– Relevance to professional duties was rated 4.67
Contact Mayerson Academy today to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham Practicum 1 – course work begins in January 2016.