Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy for Students with Dyslexia

Presented by Joelle Perry-Nappi

Self-awareness of one’s dyslexia can lead to improved outcomes for students and greater capacity to self-advocate. Let’s explore together how to build students' understanding of their dyslexia, celebrate and build on their strengths, and learn to find their voice!

Conference registration required.


Session Objectives

  • Participants will learn ways to help students develop awareness about themselves as learners.
  • Participants will look at books that can facilitate helping students understand dyslexia.
  • Participants will explore resources for lessons that can be used to develop students' self awareness and self-advocacy skills.

More about the speaker

Joelle Nappi is a Dyslexia Therapist and Special Education teacher in the Freehold Township School District, in New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Delaware and is a Level II Certified Wilson Reading Instructor and WRS Trainer Intern. She teaches Structured Literacy intervention to students at all grade levels and has provided literacy support to hundreds of students and teachers in her 20+ year career.
Joelle is a passionate advocate for students with dyslexia and their families, as well as the use of evidence-based literacy practices to prevent the impact of reading difficulties. Joelle is trained in various methods such as the Wilson Reading System, Just Words, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Framing Your Thoughts and others.
Joelle has served on her school’s I&RS team from 2012 to present. She also served as an elected member of the Board of Education in her hometown of Matawan, NJ.
Joelle is a past presenter for her district as well as for various organizations such as Learning Ally, Edweek, NJEA, and Decoding Dyslexia NJ on topics ranging from early literacy, dyslexia, assistive technology for reading and spelling, and the social-emotional impact of dyslexia in the school setting. Joelle is a Master’s Degree candidate at Fairleigh Dickinson University.