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2018 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

F1 - Dyslexia Basics: What Every Student, Parent, and Teacher Should Know

Oct 26, 2018 8:00am ‐ Oct 26, 2018 9:00am

Standard: $20.00


In this session, the presenters share decades of literacy research, using simple, everyday language about dyslexia for students and parents. Students and parents who understand literacy acquisition, including the prevalence, definition, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of dyslexia, are informed and can find the best evidence-based 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 Objectives:

  • 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.
  • SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL: Examine social/emotional issues and implications for practice for individuals with dyslexia and related language learning disabilities.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Access potential applications of language-based technology for direct instruction and/or accommodation for students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.

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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