March 2020

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March is Reading Month: Like a Field Day Might Feel for a Student in a Wheelchair

A Dyslexia Reflection by Lauren Katz, PhD, CCC-SLP

For a student coping with dyslexia, March is Reading Month might feel like more of a struggle than fun. In this article, 12-year old Zach shares his perspective and offers some suggestions on how to make the month more inclusive and fun for everyone.

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Books to Get Kids Reading

How do we get children who are challenged with dyslexia to read? It’s a good question. None of us likes to do something that we are not very good at. One way that has proven successful is to have children and teens read in areas of interest. Here are a variety of book series that will appeal to struggling readers.

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Getting to Work (or Play)

Teaching students to leverage strategies is an important part of their learning self-advocacy and independence. Also, find examples of student-initiated projects to help students focus on their strengths.

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How to Discover a Child’s Strengths and Interests

Learn how to determine your child’s strengths and interests. Open-ended questions and active listening can help, but there are more ways, both formal and informal, to discover in this article.

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The Ides of March

By Dr. Michael Ryan

A bad day for Julius Caesar becomes a good day for a student with Dyslexia whose teacher, parents, and friends honor his strengths and celebrate his unconventional classroom project.

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Success Story: Alex Malchow

Alex Malchow, Author


In spite of learning difficulties and being unable to read, Alex along with his father Hal authored a science fiction novel, The Sword of Darrow, that has achieved Amazon’s highest customer rating for Children’s Action and Adventure.

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Help for Your College-Bound Child

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may help carry over accommodations from your student’s IEP or 504 Plan that aren’t automatically transferred from high school to college. Here are some tips to ensure you know your rights and receive the support you need.

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Top 7 Study Tips

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Here are 7 top tips to help you prepare for all those upcoming quizzes, midterms, and finals:

  1. Get prepared before you begin.
  2. If the project is large, break it into steps and draft a schedule in your planner. Stick to the schedule, but remember good executive functioning skills allow you to re-group.
  3. Be sure you are clear about what you need to study. Clarify with your instructor if need be before you leave class. Read all directions.
  4. Have a planner where you keep assignments and syllabi.
  5. Color code due dates
  6. Identify a time each day when you will study.
  7. Be sure you have all your materials.
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