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Reading & Dyslexia

Approximately 80 percent of students with learning disabilities have been described as reading disabled. Resources within this section provide information and advice on what parents and educators can do to help students with LD gain reading skills.

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Independent Reading

Suggestions for fostering independent reading include: (a) Give children books that are not too difficult. (b) Help them find books they will enjoy. (c) Encourage them to try many kinds of material. Although independent reading cannot substitute for teaching decoding, it improves reading comprehension and the habit of reading.

Informed Instruction for Reading Success: Foundations for Teacher Preparation

Instructional Grouping for Reading for Students with LD: Implications for Practice

Teachers' grouping practices during reading instruction can serve as a critical component in facilitating effective implementation of reading instruction and inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classes. In this article, we provide an overview of the recent research on grouping practices (whole class, small group, pairs, one-on-one) during reading instruction for students with disabilities.

Interview with Author Debbie Zimmett

"Eddie Enough!" author, Debbie Zimmet shares her inspiration for her book about a third grader, Eddie, whose "...first word was a sentence and I haven't stopped talking since." This short and insightful interview discusses her book about a boy who can't sit still. He wonders why others don't want him as a partner for class projects.

Interview with Author Mark Smith

Mark Smith wrote from his experiences parenting a son with ADHD. "When we were reading everything we could find about the disorder, we were disappointed not to find more books from a child's point of view that showed other children in the same situation, a book to reassure kids that they aren't the only one this is happening to. That's why I wrote Pay Attention, Slosh!"

Is It a Reading Disorder or Developmental Lag?

How do parents know if their child's reading delay is a real problem or simply a "developmental lag?" How long should parents wait before seeking help if their child is struggling with reading? Susan Hall answers these questions.

Language-Based Learning Disability: What to Know

Language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) encompass a spectrum of cognitive and behavioral differences in processing, comprehending, and using language. Students with LBLD commonly experience difficulties with listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, math, organization, attention, memory, social skills, perseverance, and self-regulation. However, a teaching style that is specialized and structured enables students with LBLD to succeed. Learn the essential facts about how to foster the strengths of students with LBLD in this article.

Late-Emerging Reading Disabilities

Learning Strategies

Lessons Learned

Read tips for raising a child with dyslexia, written by a mother of a dyslexic son. This article describes how to get your child evaluated,how to hire and work with a tutor, and ways to work reading and academic skills into your daily life with your child, and how to handle the ups and downs of parenting a child who has troubles in school.

Literacy for All is a Noble Goal: The Significant Interaction of Learner History and Teacher Style

Multisensory Structured Language Programs: Content and Principles of Instruction

The goal of any multisensory structured language program is to develop a student's independent ability to read, write and understand the language studied.

Opening the Doors to Learning: Technology Research for Students with Learning Disabilities (Reading Skills)

Phonics and Word Recognition Instruction in Early Reading Programs: Guidelines for Accessibility

Many teachers will be using supplemental phonics and word-recognition materials to enhance reading instruction for their students. In this article, the authors provide guidelines for determining the accessibility of these phonics and word recognition programs.

Phonological Awareness: Instructional and Assessment Guidelines

Q&A: I Have Dyslexia. What Does That Mean?

Shelley Ball-Dannenberg discusses her new children's book about what it’s like to have a reading disability.

Reading Failure

Reading Fluency

Reading fluency encompasses the speed or rate of reading, as well as the ability to read materials with expression. Learn more about fluency and the best ways to help readers become fluent.

Reading Researchers Question Result of National Reading Panel: Is Phonics the Best Choice?

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