Huntington Independent School District

I am so excited to share this story from Huntington ISD! But, I am going to let Angela Dean, dyslexia teacher, tell the story.

“I wanted to share my story about the dyslexic student in my class with you. We recently received “mobile devices” for our dyslexia program. I wanted to find a way students could use these as assistive technology in their general education room. We were answering some open ended questions about a story so I thought instead of writing their responses, they could use the notepad. This would allow them to type in the answers and print it. The students began to work on their assignment and one of my students said, “Mrs. Dean, you can just push this button (a microphone) and it will type what you say. Would it be okay if I just did that instead of typing the answer?” My response was “OF COURSE!!!” I know this story may seem so insignificant to some, but how awesome for him to be able to teach me and his peers about ways to use technology to be successful in the classroom.”

Thank you Angela for sharing.

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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An interesting research article…

I want to wish everyone a “Happy New Year!” An interesting research article crossed my desk last week. This research was recently posted in the examiner newsletter from The International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The research may provide a possible answer to a popular belief that children with dyslexia may have superior visospatial processing abilities. The findings from this study were presented by Dr. Ken Pugh at the recent IDA conference in New Orleans. But wait, there is more! I don’t want to give away all of the information. You can locate this article at http://www.interdys.org/DyslexiaAndVisuospatialProcessing.htm

Let us hear your thoughts!

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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Technology and Dyslexia

The recent ice storm provided a great opportunity to snuggle up with a good book and read. In the recent edition of Perspectives on Language and Literacy, from the International Dyslexia Association, I read the article, “Reading and Assistive Technology: Why the Reader’s Profile Matters” by Karen Erickson. This article discussed the importance of supporting reading through the use of technology such as electronic text.  But, not every student with reading disabilities will need electronic text or text-to-speech solutions. It is important to look closely at the student’s profile of strengths and weaknesses as well as skills for silent reading and listening comprehension in the absence of technology. If the text difficulty exceeds not only the student’s silent reading ability as well as listening comprehension skills, text-to-speech will offer little support. Several studies were done in the 90’s confirming this conclusion. So to summarize, committees need to start asking themselves, “Which students benefit from text-to-speech as a support for reading disabilities such as dyslexia?”

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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Online Technology Integration for Students with Dyslexia

Conferences provide teachers a venue to meet and collaborate with one another. At the recent Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities, Inc. (CESD) conference I met Kelly Kisiah. She is a  secondary dyslexia teacher for Industrial ISD. We discussed the benefits of technology in the general education classroom. Kelly’s students are finding success with concept mapping tools.

“One of my dyslexic students was struggling in English with clauses, compound sentences, and complex sentences. His English teacher would give a description of a type of sentence she wanted the students to write. For instance, she asked for a complex sentence that would begin with a dependent clause. We were working through some of the sentences when I remembered the Bubbl.us website. I had played around with it briefly when the technology piece came out in May. I quickly created graphic organizers for independent and dependent clauses, as well as, for compound and complex sentences. He immediately understood. He showed the organizers to his English teacher who then made copies to give to the rest of the class. In turn, my student was able to help two other students (average learners) who were struggling with the concept as well. He ended up making an A on his test over sentences. The website was fairly easy to use, and it’s free.”

We would love to hear your story about the integration of technology for students with dyslexia.

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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New Study Wants to Improve Treatment for Dyslexia

I came across this article over the weekend and thought it was worth sharing with you. Neuroscientist, Sarah Laszio at Binghamton University will begin a five year study of 150 children with and without dyslexia. She wants to understand what is going on in the brain while a child is reading. This study will include children from kindergarten through fourth grade.

You can read more about this study at www.binghamton.edu/reading-brain    or at Newswise

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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Texas A&M To Improve Early Literacy Skills For At-Risk Kindergarten Students…

Kayman started kindergarten this year. He is so excited about his new school. Kayman never hesitates to talk about his experiences, such as coloring in the lines. Yeah, he is off to a good start!

This little man has no idea that so many people are working hard to ensure that he learns to read. For instance, last week Texas A&M announced a four-year research project to investigate assessments that are currently used to monitor reading development of kindergarten students at risk for reading difficulties. Nathan Clemens, a team member on the project, stated how important it is to provide early intervention for students. For additional information on this research you can go to:

http://tamutimes.tamu.edu/2013/09/16/texas-am-to-improve-early-literacy-skills-for-at-risk-kindergarten-students/

Go Aggies!

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom…

Recently my mother and I were having dinner in a local restaurant, when a lady and her two girls stopped to say hello. I noticed the two girls continued to read their books while the ladies proceeded with their conversation. These were real books, not digital books! I wished I had paid more attention to the titles of the books, but sadly no. Not once did the two girls stop to participate in the conversation. I’m thinking to myself, this is great! My point is the two girls were reading for pleasure on a Saturday night! That’s right, reading not texting!

So this leads me to an interesting article from The Institute of Education. Now allow me this opportunity to give you some background on The Institute of Education. The IOE is ranked seventh in the world’s top ten education research centers and in the top three for research citations. The article discussed a longitudinal study which examined the effect of reading for pleasure on cognitive development over time and found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in math, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of ten and sixteen than those who rarely read. I think it is great that research confirms what teachers have been doing for years. Teachers want students to love to read. Another interesting fact from this study confirmed reading to children at age five also improved later performance in math, vocabulary and spelling. Again, this is great news!

So how do we help our students with dyslexia to develop this desire to read for pleasure? I believe early identification and intervention will help provide the needed skills and tools to build confidence.

For more information, you can find this article at http://www.ioe.ac.uk/newsEvents/89938.html

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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East Texas Book Fest

Save the Date! The Fifth East Texas Book Fest will be from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the beautiful Tyler Rose Center. Please share with your book clubs or any writers groups that you know. Applications for authors are now available on the East Texas Book Fest website. Information can be found at the East Texas Book Fest 2013 website http://www.etxbookfest.org/. Send your questions to etxbookfest@yahoo.com.

Gina Mitchell

Gina Mitchell is the Region 10 ESC Dyslexia Consultant assisting campuses, districts, teachers, parents and administrators in meeting compliance regulations for Texas Education Code 38.003 (Dyslexia State Law) and Texas Administrative Code 74.28 (SBOE Rule). She also provides training, leadership and support in the area of dyslexia curriculum and instruction to professionals and parents.

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College and Career Readiness

Keep postsecondary options up to date by visiting the TEA “TEXAS: College & Career” site often at: https://www.texascollegeandcareer.org/Ext/Texas/Home/index.html

Gina Mitchell

Gina Mitchell is the Region 10 ESC Dyslexia Consultant assisting campuses, districts, teachers, parents and administrators in meeting compliance regulations for Texas Education Code 38.003 (Dyslexia State Law) and Texas Administrative Code 74.28 (SBOE Rule). She also provides training, leadership and support in the area of dyslexia curriculum and instruction to professionals and parents.

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Welcome to the Dyslexia Digest: 2013

As we reflect on events in the area of dyslexia for 2012, we look to 2013 with excitement. Looking to the new year, as we make resolutions, we want to ask ourselves, “What do we want to accomplish in the area of dyslexia here at Region 10 in 2013 through our blog?”

Articles of Interest: Region 10 ESC will deepen our understanding and knowledge of dyslexia by reviewing the latest research concerning dyslexia, and posting links to those articles through our blog.

Training: Region 10 ESC will continue to provide professional development in assessment, instruction, and legislative updates as the year unfolds.

Other: Region 10 ESC will post conference opportunities and events in the area of dyslexia.

So to begin 2013, the Region 10 ESC Dyslexia Digest welcomes you to our blog, and we want to provide you with the following information:

Just the Facts: The International Dyslexia Association’s fact sheet list of RECOMMENDED READING FOR PROFESSIONALS http://www.interdys.org/FactSheets.htm

LDA (Learning Disabilities Association of America); 50th Annual International Conference; February 13-16; San Antonio, Texas http://www.ldanatl.org/conference/index.asp

 

Gina Mitchell

Gina Mitchell is the Region 10 ESC Dyslexia Consultant assisting campuses, districts, teachers, parents and administrators in meeting compliance regulations for Texas Education Code 38.003 (Dyslexia State Law) and Texas Administrative Code 74.28 (SBOE Rule). She also provides training, leadership and support in the area of dyslexia curriculum and instruction to professionals and parents.

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