January–February 2021

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Syllable Division:
New Data that Can Inform Intervention

A Dyslexia Reflection by Joanne Pierson, PhD, CCC-SLP

New data suggests that as soon as we introduce ways to divide two-syllable words, we should incorporate teaching students alternative strategies for decoding them.

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Teaching with Strengths and Interests

Working on a student’s weaknesses through strengths and interests can help you to tap into his or her unique potential.

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Fluency Tips for Parents

One of the most effective uses of your time is to teach your student how to self-advocate. Learning this critical skill not only helps to build greater confidence, self-awareness, and success, but also conveys your belief in him or her. Here are several tools and resources to assist in adding self-advocacy to your intervention.

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Tests for Dyslexia and Language Disorders

Our comprehensive list contains the more commonly used tests to diagnose dyslexia and language disorders and can help you determine which testing instruments are most appropriate for your clients or students.

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Success Story: Ally VanTimmeren

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Basketball Player

Learning to face the challenges of her dyslexia helped prepare this 6’3” basketball star to succeed both on the court and in the classroom.

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Ask Dr. Pierson:
Advice on Speaking with Child’s Teacher

My 8-year-old daughter is dyslexic and on an ISP. After reviewing her recent report card, she broke out into tears over getting the lowest possible marks in two categories: “listens/follows directions” and “shows effort.” She works extremely hard to try to keep up, and I just want to make sure the teacher understands how hard she works.

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Myth or Fact

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Do people with dyslexia see things backwards?

Learn more about dyslexia myths and facts