Links We Like: Self-Advocacy From High School to College, the Behavioral Benefits of Reading With Young Children, and Educating Early Career Teachers About Dyslexia

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The Examiner, Volume 7, Issue 3
July 2018

In this fast-paced world, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news and research from so many different sources. What’s true? What’s not? Who is reliable? Who is just trying to sell the latest fad? In an effort to keep you in the loop, we have provided a few of our favorite links below. This issue’s links provide tips, tricks, and research-based support for what parents, teachers, and students can do to empower struggling readers.

  1. Self-Advocacy Handbook for College Students With Disabilities: Section 1: Transition to College
    This excellent resource has a two-part approach to helping high school students make the big transition from high school to college. The first chapter is directed toward students and how they can be effective self-advocates. The second chapter is designed for parents and family to help them best support their student in moving successfully from high school to higher education.
  2. All About Reading & Literacy Worldwide, International Dyslexia Association CEO and CAO on Education Talk Radio
    Rick Smith and Jule McCombes-Tolis joined Education Talk Radio host Larry Jacobs to discuss IDA’s vision for the future of reading and literacy around the world on May 12, 2018. Listen to the episode and stay tuned for updates on future shows with Education Talk Radio.
  3. “Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention”
    A recent study published in the journal, Pediatrics, found benefits well beyond the development of literacy skills when parents and young children read together. The interactions of parent and child over a book also contribute to positive social, emotional, and behavioral development in the child.
  4. “Novice Teachers’ Knowledge of Reading-related Disabilities and Dyslexia”
    This journal article published in 2017 in Learning Disabilities examines the factors influencing novice teachers’ knowledge of the characteristics of reading disabilities and dyslexia. The article authors issue a call for teacher educators to provide current, accurate information as part of professional development for novice teachers.
  5. Dyslexia Legislation Interactive Map and Advocacy Resources
    Follow the link above and click on your state to see dyslexia legislation updates in your area, and then scroll to the bottom for more resources, including an overview of legislation, requirements, and initiatives from the National Center for Improving Literacy (NCIL) and an article about how dyslexia legislation ties into our mission at IDA. 
  6. Investigating Diagnostic Approaches for Reading Disabilities: A Survey of Practitioners
    Are you a practitioner who identifies or diagnoses reading disabilities in school-age children in the United States? Volunteer 15 minutes to complete this online survey evaluating current practices. The study is being conducted by the Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Lab at MGH Institute and the Brain Experience Education (B.E.E.) Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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