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Reply To: Dyslexia & Structured Literacy


I enjoyed getting a more detailed explanation of what Dyslexia is and what it is not. There are misconceptions out there and I was surprised to see my own misconceptions. I was surprised to find out that close to 20% of students in the U.S. struggle with dyslexia. That is 1 in 5 students. As teachers (general education and special education), the need for training on how to identify that a student may have dyslexia and strategies to help them overcome what they are struggling with.

We use a program called 95% for our phonics instruction. It follows the order of syllable types and it teaches our students the rules for each syllable type. It is a great program, when used with fidelity. The program walks through many of the strategies that were mentioned in this lesson, including sound syllable mapping, segmenting sounds in a word, changing sounds, etc. Incorporating gestures for different syllable types will be beneficial for my students, while also finding ways to practice sounds/syllables in a manner that matches their preferred learning style. I think the activities I will use will depend on which strategies are the most engaging and successful for the students in my class.