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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

S2 - Talking to Students and Parents About Dyslexia Translating Research Findings Into Everyday Language

Nov 11, 2017 10:45am ‐ Nov 11, 2017 11:45am

Standard: $20.00


This presentation suggests ways that professionals can talk to students and parents about dyslexia, sharing decades of literacy research using simple, everyday language. Students and parents who understand literacy acquisition, including the prevalence, definition, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of dyslexia, will be informed and able to find the best, most effective educational treatment. Once students and parents know how pervasive literacy problems are and understand that effective educational treatment is remediation and accommodation, they gain empowering insights.

Learning Outcomes:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Identify the critical elements in a disability document that will support the accommodation requests for students with learning disabilities.
  • ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATION: Understand the laws and interpretations under various legislative motions and learn ways to implement advocacy efforts locally or at the state level.
  • ASSESSMENT: Examine issues related to the assessment of dyslexia and how assessment results can inform the selection of academic interventions.
  • ASSESSMENT: Examine language/learning assessment process and practices for students with learning disabilities/dyslexia.
  • ASSESSMENT: Recognize the critical roles of parents and early educators in the recognition of early signs of language learning difficulties in young children and identify potential strategies and approaches to respond.

Disclosure: Susan Lowell and Margie B. Gillis have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D., CALT, President, Literacy How, Inc., Research Affiliate, Fairfield University and Haskins Laboratories, Literacy How
  • Susan C. Lowell, M.A., BCET, Director, Reading and Literacy Clinic; Adjunct Faculty, Bay State University

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