A special education legal resource discussing case law, news, practical advocacy advice, and developments in state and federal laws, statutes and regulations. Postings include insight and sometimes humor from Charles P. Fox, a Chicago, Illinois attorney who is also a parent of child with special needs, and other guest authors. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the second post from my colleague Lisa Hannum addressing the essential elements of Structured Language as the primary means of reading remediation, in contrast with Guided Reading which was discussed in the post from the previous day.
The following post is from a colleague who is special education advocate, a trained mediator, and past President of the Illinois Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association. She has a great deal of expertise and experience in the area of reading methodologies and knowledge of needed remediations for reading-based disabilities. She has written this post on the subject of guided reading, at my request, since many schools [mis]represent that Guided Reading is appropriate to teach students struggling with a reading disability. I will post a second part tomorrow relating to research-based methods that are appropriate to address the issues that students with reading disabilities face in the classroom.
LDOnline which is one of the most comprehensive websites for resources on learning disabilities has been given the national award of excellence from the National Association Of Special Education Teachers. This award recognizes LDOnline for its dedication and services to special educators and to families of children with learning disabilities. So the next time you go to an IEP meeting with resources from LDOnline and the "team" acts as if these resources have no credibility, point out that NASET has recognized this website.
For many of my clients whose children have gone through the 12 books of the Wilson program or other multi-sensory phonetically based systematic programs, the issue can become what to do after completing the program. Given the nature of learning disabilities, there is a need to reinforce skills and to further indoctrinate skills already learned. One program that fits the bill nicely is called Megawords.[Download Megawords_research.pdf