Category Archives: Dyslexia

2017 Parent Night

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Obtaining assistive technology (AT) for students with learning disabilities can seem overwhelming for parents or caregivers. Learning about whats available, how AT can benefit students, who is eligible, and how to collaborate with public schools or districts to acquire services will help demystify and facilitate the process.During our annual Parent Night on October 3, Senior Educational Technologist Nanci Shepardson presented an overview of AT that included a review of students rights under federal laws, guidelines to follow when working with a childs education team to determine appro [...]

Dreams Fulfilled

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Forty summers ago in St. Louis, a handful of educators gathered with 21 struggling readers in donated classroom space and unknowingly launched a legacy.That first seven-week summer session for students with learning disabilities fulfilled a dream of parents who wanted to bring to their own community the type of support and instruction they had previously only found for their children in far-away boarding schools.Following three successful summers and with the support of the greater community and pioneering mentors, the burgeoning summer school expanded to become a full-time day program in the [...]

First Dyslexia Specialist Graduate

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This spring, Margaret Reilley, a teacher in New Jerseys Stafford Township School District, earned her masters degree, top grades, and the distinction of being the first graduate of Fitchburg State Universitys new dyslexia specialist concentration. From her home 260 miles away from the Massachusetts campus, Maggie tackled literacy, language disorders, assessment methods and other related topics to earn her M.Ed. in Special Education: Guided Studies Dyslexia Specialist. The online program launched in fall 2015 in partnership with Wilson Language Training®, a nationally recogniz [...]

Teen Advocate

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As a student with dyslexia, 13-year-old Ainsley P. once would have balked at the sight of the four-syllable, 11-letter word legislation. Now, its part of her lexicon.For the past two years, the Virginia Beach eighth-grader has used her voice and experience to raise awareness about dyslexia by advocating for laws that address the educational needs of students with the learning disability.Most people think dyslexia is just mixing up the letters b and d or m and w. They dont realize how much it affects kids like me. If you cant read, its very difficult to learn in all subject [...]

Leading the Way

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While Allison McAvoy cant predict the future, the veteran educator has a pretty good idea where she intends to be one spring day in 2026: celebrating the high school graduation of a student she met when he was a headstrong first-grader with dyslexia.Some students come in eagerly and some come in kicking and screaming, the Chattanooga, TN, educator explained about the intricacies of running a private reading center.One boy was adamant when he arrived, protesting, I didnt sign up for this! I dont want to be here! Ive had him for two years now. Hes now in third grad [...]

From Struggling Reader to Honors Student

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Like many of her peers, Tegan C. will soon be flipping through college brochures and searching websites to determine where shell enroll after graduating from high school. What makes her college search remarkable is that the goal of earning an academic degree once seemed unattainable.The 15-year-old sophomore struggled with reading and writing throughout elementary school and into middle school before being diagnosed with dyslexia. Following intensive training with tutors using the Wilson Reading System® (WRS), she is an honors student at Babylon High School on Long Island, NY, and is looki [...]

Third Annual Parent Night

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Will my child outgrow dyslexia? How can I best advocate for services for my child? How early should my child be screened?These were among the questions and concerns parents raised during Wilson Language Trainings third annual Parent Night, held October 4 at Wilsons campus in Oxford, MA. The three-hour event, Empowering Parents with Knowledge to Support Students with Dyslexia, provided participants with an opportunity to engage in a frank and informative dialogue with a panel of experts, and Wilson co-founders Barbara and Ed Wilson.Approximately 50 parents from Massachusetts, Connec [...]

Promising Practices in Wisconsin

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Earlier this year, Wilson In-District Trainer Sara Adamovich was invited to participate in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions Promising Practices Workgroup to develop and share strategies for literacy success.Sara teaches at Eagle River Elementary School (Northland Pines School District), one of only 18 schools identified for the Promising Practices Workgroup because of their high reading achievement growth for students with disabilities. The workgroup was tasked with examining and recommending practices/strategies to increase literacy outcomes for students with disabilitie [...]

Stepping Up with Jessica K.

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In June, Jessica K. achieved two milestones: finishing the fifth grade AND completing all twelve Steps of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS)!Jessica was diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade and had been receiving instruction with the Wilson Reading System from special education teacher and Wilson® trainer Sara Adamovich at Eagle River Elementary School in Wisconsin ever since. She has been in good hands as demonstrated by the for high literacy achievement growth with special education students.As WRS lessons progressed, Sara observed Jessica's progress and increased sense of con [...]