The language and terms in the legal aspects of being a champion are often confusing. This document is a valuable resource to print and put in your notebook to have handy at IEP meetings.

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This article discusses how audiobooks are not a crutch but an excellent tool for your dyslexic student.  Audiobooks are a ramp into learning.  Understanding the value of audiobooks and how to explain this to your child will help them learn and in the process become more independent.

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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 book 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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Recommended by Jennifer Biang , Parent Support Specialist

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Did you know that many successful architects, lawyers, engineers—even bestselling novelists—had difficulties learning to read and write as children? In this book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20% of people—individuals with dyslexia—share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home.

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Recommended book by Deborah Lynam, Director of Parent Community Engagement

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In order to engage your child’s school in pursuing appropriate accommodations to help your child learn, you will need some context on all the legal elements at play. This article will give you a general overview and frameworks to help you understand the landscape.

 

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This diagram illustrates the steps in the Special Education process from Identification through IEP and the 3 Year Evaluation. It is a valuable document to print and keep with you in your child's notebook for each school meeting.

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The truth is, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to discuss your child’s learning disability with them. But, make no mistake about it – regardless of the approach – it’s a talk you need to have.

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Audiobooks can help children become better readers and more effective learners. If your child is having trouble learning to read or is struggling to keep up with homework, audiobooks can be a powerful tool that can improve reading comprehension, boost confidence, save time on schoolwork and lead to better grades. Listen to an audiobook sample.

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Here you’ll learn the basics of assistive technology for reading and writing support. We’ll help you understand how to evaluate your child’s specific needs and how determine which tools might work best. We’ll teach you how to pick the right assistive technology and we’ll help you implement it into your child’s life.

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As a parent, being aware of and understanding how dyslexia impacts learning for your child is critical inside and outside of the school environment. Learn about dyslexia, the most common learning disability. What is the definition of dyslexia? What are the effects of the condition? What is the science behind dyslexia? What educational remediation work? What are effective accommodations and supports? ...

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