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NH Branch of IDA Outreach For Parents: Dysgraphia with Special Guest Melissa Farrall

October 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The New Hampshire Branch of IDA hosts a free, 60-90 minute Zoom session for parents every other month that focuses on a topic from the IDA Dyslexia Fact Sheets. If you don’t know about the fact sheets, be sure to check them out; they’re current, relevant, and full of great information. In addition to board member panelists, each session will include a guest speaker with deep knowledge of the topic.  

This October 13, Melissa Farral will be the guest speaker discussing dysgraphia. Dysgraphia may co-occur alone or with dyslexia. 

“Dysgraphia is the condition of impaired letter writing by hand, that is, disabled handwriting. Impaired handwriting can interfere with learning to spell words in writing and speed of writing text. Children with dysgraphia may have only impaired handwriting, only impaired spelling (without reading problems), or both impaired handwriting and impaired spelling… Many schools offer accommodations in testing and teaching to students with dysgraphia, but these students also need ongoing, explicit instruction in handwriting, spelling, and composition.” – Virginia Beringer, Understanding Dysgraphia, IDA Fact Sheet

Melissa Farrall is the author of Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition, and the co-author of All About Tests & Assessments published by Wrightslaw. Melissa Farrall presently works as the Director for Evaluation at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston, Vermont where she trains evaluators and teaches courses on the assessment of reading, writing, and language.  In addition, Melissa holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. In the past, Melissa taught the structure of language and assessment in the Language and Literacy program at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and at The Reading Institute in Williamstown, MA. She worked as a learning disability specialist in public schools for several years. Dr. Farrall received her doctorate from Brown University in 1981 in the area of Slavic Linguistics.



October 13, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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