"The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan" is a practical guide that helps parents to help their child accept, understand and embrace their dyslexia. The book also speaks to a parent’s fear about the difficulties their child may encounter in the greater society. It’s unique in that it reframes dyslexia as a characteristic – a personal trait, much in the same way that blue eyes or stature is.

Foss asserts that dyslexia should be accommodated in the same way that other disabilities are. The "Dyslexia Empowerment Plan" references 3 types of reading: eye reading, ear reading and finger reading. While it’s true that most people eye read, other types of reading are in no way inferior. All types of reading are purely a way to acquire knowledge, not to synthesize it. Foss highlights the current state of technology available to help dyslexics to read and write. He encourages parents to identify and leverage their child’s strength profile, to help their child to help themselves and create a community. Parents should focus on learning as a whole, rather than merely the ability to decode words.

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Resiliency is incredibly important to dyslexic children. More than reading and writing skills, it will determine the long-term success of students. This Key Insight outlines the research on and ways to increase resiliency in children, highlights how to tailor it for dyslexic students, and how to foster this critical strength regardless of their learning profile.

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A strong communication plan is one key to successful engagement with schools. Sample letters can give you the beginnings that you can customize for your individual situation and needs.

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Communicating with your school is an important part of the special education process. ?These are two letters that you can use as a template when referring your child for an initial evaluation or an independent evaluation.

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Self-advocacy is an important part of the development process for all children, but especially for those who learn differently. Check out these self-advocacy resources at the Wrightslaw website.

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Looking for information on what types of tests are needed to identify dyslexia? This book provides a comprehensive practical guide to the most frequently used tests for diagnosing a suspected learning disability. It is easy to use and a great resource to bring with you to your child’s evaluation meeting at school. The book contains general test information, purpose and description of the test, subtest information and strengths of the tests in an easy to read format.


 

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Headstrong Nation has a series of videos where they walk you through how to get started using a variety of technology tools. In this video, you will learn about how to use speech-to-text software. Speech-to-text can help a writer with dyslexia get the thoughts and words on paper faster to be able to write more effectively and efficiently.

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In “The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan,” Ben Foss encourages parents to map to their child’s skills in a visual way to highlight their strengths and talents. “The Strengths Star” activity revolves around the eight major categories of strengths that are common in dyslexics. Unlock the World of Dyslexia Resources – Sign In Email Form

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Headstrong Nation?has a series of videos where they walk you through how to get started using a variety of technology tools. In this video, you will learn about how to adjust the speech rate on text-to-speech. This technology will read to the learner text from documents, emails or eBooks. By increasing the speed of the audio, the listener can increase the amount of information that they are able to process becoming a more efficient ear reader'.'

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The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Technology provides very practical how-to' articles for getting started with Livescribe, Dragon Naturally Speaking, speech-to-text, and choosing a tablet for your student.

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