Resources for Reading: Michigan Branch of IDA

Our friends at the Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association are hosting a conference in Ann Arbor on September 21.

Hope to see you there!

Coping with Reading Problems: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Lauren Katz

Reading Comprehension Intervention with Older Students: It’s Not Too Late

For older students, comprehension of written texts is paramount to learning, and when students struggle with reading comprehension, academic difficulties are inevitable. However, research has shown that it is not too late to intervene with adolescents and young adults who struggle with reading comprehension. In this presentation, participants will learn how to use theoretical and empirical models of reading comprehension to guide intervention with students of all ages. Particular attention will be given to four essential elements of intervention – the 4 Ss of intervention: Skills, Strategies, School, and Student buy-in (Katz & Fallon, in press). Additionally, clinical case studies will be used to demonstrate how research has been and can be translated into intervention practices with older students.

Smooth Sailing at Home: A Learning Disability Affects More Than School Life

Pamela S. Ludolph, Ph.D.

Anyone familiar with LD and dyslexia knows that spillover can occur in more aspects of life than school. Children bring home trials and tribulations from the day. Following directions can be tough in any arena. Self-esteem is affected. Dr. Ludolph will discuss tips and ideas to help parents and children ease the burden at home and get back to living life as stress-free as possible.

DyslexiaHelp: A Web-based Curriculum and Resource Center

Joanne Marttila Pierson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Over lunch, Dr. Pierson will walk participants through DyslexiaHelp , a free curriculum and language resource center on the web. DyslexiaHelp is generously funded by a private donor who wanted to ensure that everyone regardless of where they live has access to state-of-the-art information about dyslexia. The website includes testing and intervention tips and tools; software programs, apps, and assistive technology options; books to get kids reading; web links to the growing number of best resources related to language impairment and dyslexia; stories of successful dyslexics; and more.

Promoting Morphological Awareness/Analysis Skills in Struggling Readers

Lauren A. Katz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

By the late-elementary to intermediate grades, normally achieving children must become adept at decoding multi-syllabic and morphologically complex words. They also need to become fluent readers of texts that place demands on their ability to understand unfamiliar words and topics. An important step in improving the reading of struggling readers in the middle to-late elementary years and beyond is heightening their awareness and understanding of prefixes, suffixes, and roots and teaching them to use these morphemic units for decoding and deriving meanings from unfamiliar words so that they can become independent learners. In this presentation, participants will learn methods for building morphological awareness and analysis skills in struggling readers.

Parents as advocates: Tips to help you help your child

Roger E. Lauer, Ph.D., Calvin Luker, Tricia Luker, Joanne Darden-Smith, MSW, CCC-SLP, Ph.D, Ann S. Telfer, MSW

We’ve assembled a fantastic group of experts for this panel discussion on strategies to help parents navigate the special education system. Our panel has expertise and real-life experiences in advocacy, assessment, parenting, and treatment of the special needs child. Panel members will answer your questions and help problem-solve real-life challenges./p>

Assistive Tech Talk and Treatment Tips

Kathy Penn and Michael Penn

Professionals in the field of apps and software will share information and demonstrate some apps and techniques to help clinicians, educators, and parents incorporate new ideas into the therapy setting, classroom, and home. Sound Literacy was published in and was the first letter tile app for teaching sound-letter matches and roots, prefixes, and suffixes available on the iPad and is currently being used by literacy instructors in 19 countries.

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