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How to Create a Dyslexia-Friendly Learning Environment at Home

Families across the globe are dealing with an unprecedented situation as schools, offices, and local businesses are closed for the foreseeable future to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus. These precautions mean educators, parents, and students are adjusting to a distance learning environment where students can learn from home. While some students may be able to make this transition smoothly, students with learning differences like dyslexia may have a harder time succeeding in this new educational environment. The Dyslexia Resource is here to help parents, educators, and students by providing a few tips on how to create a dyslexia-friendly learning environment at home.

The Dyslexia ResourceHow to Create a Dyslexia-Friendly Learning Environment at Home
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Top Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia

Every teacher works hard to establish a classroom environment that’s conducive to helping all students learn most effectively. As this is easier said than done, educators must plan and teach intentionally to ensure that students with learning differences feel comfortable in the classroom. Whether you are a teacher learning how to help students with dyslexia or are a parent wondering how to help a child with dyslexia at home, The Dyslexia Resource is here to provide information on some of the best teaching strategies for students with dyslexia.

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Signs of Dyslexia: Phonemic Awareness and Reading Skills Red Flags

It can be difficult to identify signs of dyslexia in children, especially before they spend significant hours of their day in a controlled educational environment, such as a classroom. However, parents and teachers should stay aware of certain red flags to help identify a potential learning challenge like dyslexia. Although a dyslexia diagnosis must be made by an educational psychologist or another medical professional, The Dyslexia Resource has compiled a list of some of our red flags and potential signs of dyslexia. Read below to learn more about phonemic awareness, essential reading skills, and signs of dyslexia in children.

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4 Benefits of the Orton-Gillingham Approach

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is not a new program, but there’s a reason this approach to learning has been widely used and validated in classrooms for over 80 years. The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a tool that empowers instructors as they develop a structured, individualized, and multisensory plan to teach reading and language skills that is especially beneficial for students with dyslexia. Learn more about some of the unique benefits of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading and how educators and tutors may be able to implement these strategies into their classroom.

The Dyslexia Resource4 Benefits of the Orton-Gillingham Approach
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Orton-Gillingham Approach

Although Orton-Gillingham is used in classrooms across the country, there are still questions surrounding this teaching approach and why it is used in interventions for dyslexia. Whether you teach students with dyslexia using Orton-Gillingham or are the parent of a child with dyslexia, it can’t hurt to learn more about this effective teaching approach. Read below to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham Approach and how it can be implemented in a dyslexia program in a classroom or at home.

The Dyslexia ResourceFrequently Asked Questions About the Orton-Gillingham Approach
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Understanding Dyslexia: 5 Things You May Not Know

Although nearly 20% of the United States population has dyslexia, this learning disability is still surprisingly misunderstood. Dyslexia is not a disease that needs to be cured, however, research-based tools like the Orton-Gillingham Approach are designed to expand dyslexic student’s abilities. Read below to discover five things you may not know about dyslexia and expand your understanding of this unique learning challenge.

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5 Most Common Myths About Dyslexia Debunked

With increasing awareness and advancements in research surrounding learning difficulties, dyslexia is more understood than ever before. Unfortunately, misconceptions and myths still exist regarding this language-based learning difference. To better identify and understand dyslexia, it is important to know not only what dyslexia is, but also what it is not. Below, we’ve compiled and debunked the five most common myths about dyslexia.

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Response to April 9, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Op-Ed

In her opinion article published on the AJC website on Tuesday, April 9, columnist Maureen Downey invited educator Mary Kay Bacallao to share her views on Senate Bill 48, the “Dyslexia Bill,” which was passed by large majorities of the Georgia House and Senate and now awaits Governor Kemp’s signature.

As a board member of the International Dyslexia Association, expert contributor for Made By Dyslexia, Head of School at The Schenck School, one of the oldest and most highly respected elementary schools for students with dyslexia in the country, the father of a dyslexic child and dyslexic myself, I feel compelled to respond.

The Dyslexia ResourceResponse to April 9, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Op-Ed
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