Identifying and Teaching Students with Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties

(An Inclusive toolkit for schools) [updated edition]

 

Essential reading for senior managers, teachers, teaching aides, SENCos & those responsible for student well-being/inclusion. Also a good resource for parents who are supporting a child with dyslexia - See below for Sample Pages

 

Packed with practical and easily accessible information, everything you need to know to help you plan class, individual and group lessons.

'There is nothing you can do in class for a student with dyslexia that won’t benefit all students'


Further Description

All children & young people have the right to a diverse & inclusive education, which nurtures their strengths, recognises their weaknesses & allows them to reach their potential. Sadly, a lack of understanding of what this means, can prevent it from becoming a reality.

Dyslexia is the most common & prevalent of all learning difficulties & it is highly likely that a student with a Specific learning Disorder (SpLD) will have other SpLDs i.e. dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, ADD etc. So many experts have said that there is nothing you can do for a child with SpLDs that won’t raise the potential of all students. This is something I totally subscribe to & have accounted for within the manual. There are comprehensive strategies & ideas for creating an ‘Inclusive Classroom.’

Using the information provided, you will quickly & easily acquire the knowledge & skills you need to effectively understand, identify, assess, teach & support individuals struggling with dyslexia & other LDs in Literacy. It includes descriptions of the critical areas that schools should assessing to identify a student with a potential reading disorder/Dyslexia to prevent failure & interventions to use.

Major research indicates ‘5 Big Essential Elements’ are needed to teach reading to all students, delivered in a structured sequential sequence using evidence-based research programs.  This method is absolutely the best option for students with literacy based SpLDs & explanations of each element, strategies, activities, accommodations, resource links & examples of planning are included.

Dyslexia is a Learning Difference (and these children have to learn differently) it only becomes a disability if this doesn’t happen

$35-00 Each

The Manual covers many areas including

  • Dyslexia explained: how and why early intervention is effective and essential

  • What  areas we must assess to identify students at risk of reading failure/dyslexia

  • Class checklists for signs of dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia & many more

  • Recommendations for formal and informal screening and assessment Tiers 1 to 3

  • Advice about  Intervention Programs and Assessment Tests

  • Top Tips for making classrooms Inclusive and ‘Dyslexia Friendly’

  • Removing Barriers to learning; comprehensive strategies, resources, accommodations

  • Advice about technology to allow students to learn and demonstrate what they know

  • Teaching the 5 Big Areas of Reading with specific reference to students with LD. Sections dedicated to each of the following with lesson plans, resources and websites:

         phonological Awareness, Synthetic Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency & Comprehension

  • Identify different types of learning deficits; e.g. auditory processing, language impairment etc. Over 100 activities, games and strategies to support each one

  • A list of all the Important Reading and Spelling rules you need to know

  • Individual Learning Plans- guidance, plans and examples

  • Advice about Homework and Accommodations for class and exams

  • Idea to improve confidence and manage behaviour problems- for class assistants

  • Lesson Planning sheets for individual or group work and sample lesson plans

 

Easy to read and dip into, this manual is extremely practical and provides helpful hints and strategies to support children with a wide range of special needs.

 

Sample Pages:

 

About the Author

Introduction

The Difference between a Learning Difficulty and Disorder

A Sample of the Many Checklists

Formal Screening and Assessment

Barriers to Learning- support

Spelling Rules

 

Testimonies


This Toolkit is AMAZING! A definite ‘go to,’ full of useful tips and websites, that teachers can quickly reference and utilise to assist their students both academically and emotionally. Not only does it include a clear and concise explanations of SLDs and what to look for, Karen shares numerous games and activities that can be used in the classroom, by the teacher and support staff, to further assist students in an explicit manner. The Inclusive Toolkit for schools is a must for every classroom!

Anne Italiano- Literacy Support Educator/Specialist Kerrimuir Primary

 

Many of us can relate to having a favourite recipe book. Dog eared, jam smeared and seems to fall open at the exact page of your very best, most referred to recipe. Karen has managed to create this for teachers!
The practicality of this manual will assist beginning teachers through to the most experienced with daily ideas to use. Suggestions and recommendations contained within are aligned with current best practice. Although, slightly less delicious than the items made from a recipe book, the outcomes will be none-the-less equally as satisfying.

Anita McLean- Head of Learning Diversity and Inclusion Kardinia International College

Many of us can relate to having a favourite recipe book. Dog eared, jam smeared and seems to fall open at the exact page of your very best, most referred to recipe. Karen has managed to create this for teachers!
The practicality of this manual will assist beginning teachers through to the most experienced with daily ideas to use. Suggestions and recommendations contained within are aligned with current best practice. Although, slightly less delicious than the items made from a recipe book, the outcomes will be none-the-less equally as satisfying.
Anita McLean- Head of Learning Diversity and Inclusion Kardinia International College


E-mail: karen@dyslexiasupportservices.com.au