On March 16, 2018 Mom’s fund supported the delivery of the first modern event in Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) focused on Dyslexia. CACEASF collaborated with the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Educational Center, Decoding Dyslexia Maryland, and CCPS to present the challenges of what students with Dyslexia experience to 30 dedicated CCPS Elementary Reading Specialists through simulation. Reading Specialists work directly with struggling readers and support general education elementary teachers with accommodations in the classroom. This was an especially meaningful project because mom was a Reading Specialist and one of her granddaughters is also Dyslexic. The simulation is effective in not only bringing home these students’ struggles but their emotion. It takes the teacher (or parent) through trials in reading and writing and causes one to feel the anxiety, frustration, fear, and disappointment in oneself from being unable to read and write on grade level with peer students. ASDEC is one of only two training providers in the country accredited by the International Dyslexia Association, which states, “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” (dyslexiaida.org)  The simulation also provided classroom accommodations and intervention ideas for teachers who gained a deeper understanding of this condition on that day. They can now provide further support to general education teachers at their schools and to their students. While there is no cure for Dyslexia, students with this condition can learn coping strategies and parents whom have children with Dyslexia are encouraged to seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systemic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics. This reading instruction goes by many names, Structured Literacy, Orton-Gillingham, Simultaneous Multisensory, Explicit Phonics, and others. (dyslexiaida.org) CACEASF was so heartened by the opportunity to bring this simulation to CCPS Elementary Reading Specialists. Their  love and passion for helping struggling students is as strong as our mother’s was and they offered many creative ideas to support CCPS  students. CACEASF is grateful to its partner ASDEC and to CCPS for the opportunity to share this information with its teachers. We look forward to continued partnership to support struggling readers in Carroll County Public Schools.

 

 

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