"Dyslexia is a neurobiological disorder that affects the development of both decoding (pronunciation of the written word) and encoding (spelling). " (Mather and Wendling, 2012, p.3) In short: Not all struggling readers are dyslexic. The severity of this neurological disorder is on a continuum. It is not primarily a difficulty with reading comprehension. The term has been used and confused but the full and current definition comes from the International Dyslexia Association. Many states do not use the term dyslexia in their regulations, but others, including Virginiado (Mather & Wendling, 2012).
Be READYfor potential licensure requirement changes by taking advantage of professional development opportunities.
VA: SB 1386 requires every person seeking initial teacher licensure or renewal of a teaching license with an endorsement in elementary education to receive professional development on the screening, intervention, and accommodations for students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.
SET learning in motion by delivering effective reading instruction for students with dyslexia, which is:
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) , including basic and technical information, this resource provides the characteristics of dyslexia in early childhood/primary grades through middle/secondary school.
Mather, N. & Wendling, B.J. (2012) Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons
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