Join us Friday, October 20, 2017, for a conference entitled “Establishing Resilience in Youth with Dyslexia” presented by Decoding Dyslexia Missouri in conjunction with Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, MO. This daylong event of expert advice will address the identification and treatment of dyslexia where we explore not only how to strengthen early identification, treatment, and resources; but also how to focus on building strengths and resilience.
Our national experts will provide information designed to guide the assessment of dyslexia and reading disorders, explore technology supports, as well as provide expert advice on building resilience in youth struggling with dyslexia. Parents of Dyslexic students will benefit from the information and strategies discussed, as the conference will provide an enhanced understanding of current trends and advocacy for their children.
Registration is $39 for teachers and professionals, $29 for Students or Parents of a dyslexic child. Seating is limited, so register early here to attend. Traveling from out of town? We have special room rates for the conference. Please see details on the registration page.
Dyslexia: An Overview, Interventions, and Building Resilience
Kelli Sandman-Hurley, EdD
Dr. Sandman-Hurley, author of “The Dyslexia Advocate” and co-founder of The Dyslexia Training Institute, will be providing an overview of what dyslexia is, and what it is not. Dyslexia is not a gift. It just isn’t. Students with dyslexia are not going to be successful, creative geniuses because they are dyslexic. They are going to be successful, creative geniuses because they are resilient, have support from community and family, are smart, and like the rest of us found something they love. The books written about those who are uber successful have super-supportive families or someone in their life who took an interest. You may be that person. Throughout the day Dr. Sandman-Hurley will describe what dyslexia is – from symptoms to challenges, to interventions, and finally to building the characteristics that lead to resilience. She will also provide an introduction to teaching the structure of the English language.
Technology for Students with Dyslexia
John Effinger, MS, CCC-SLP
This session will discuss technology accommodations for students with Dyslexia in the classroom. Alternative text access for reading and writing will be discussed including alternative educational materials (AEM) for students not on an IEP. In addition, we will discuss computers and tablets that can be used with software and apps to increase access to text and increase written production.
Self Advocacy for the Dyslexic Student
A. Noel Leif, CALT/ICALP
This session will discuss the importance of teaching and encouraging children to have the ability to self-advocate in the classroom setting. Children need to know how to tell their story effectively and communicate their strengths as well as their challenges and how to ask for what they need to succeed from educators.
Join Decoding Dyslexia-MO For A Picnic And Awareness Walk
Decoding Dyslexia Missouri is a grassroots parent-led movement with a three-pronged
mission to educate, advocate and legislate on behalf of those with
dyslexia. We are focused on linking families to resources, support, and
educational interventions for dyslexia. Our goal is to raise dyslexia awareness,
empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best
practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in Missouri.
With your support, this event will rally families, friends and supporters of
DDMO as we work together to achieve our mission and create change for
children and adults with dyslexia in our community. All proceeds will directly
support DDMO’s mission.
Sign Up Here (you can sign up as an individual or form a team):
September 24th, 2017 at 12pm
Queeny Park Corporate Pavilion- Saint Louis, MO
12pm Registration and Picnic (bring a picnic lunch)
1:30pm Race Begins
2:30 Greet Fredbird
Sponsored by Speech Language Learning Systems
Donate Here To Support Decoding Dyslexia MO’s Mission to Educate, Advocate, and Legislate. And be sure to watch our video to learn more about dyslexia. 100% of proceeds will fund programs such as “Hill Day,” dyslexia simulations, movie screenings, and website expenses.
Governor Jay Nixon signed HB 2379 in Springfield Missouri on June 22, 2016, effectively creating the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia. The Task Force will advise and make recommendations to the Governor, Joint Committee on Education, and relevant state agencies for a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of supports for students with dyslexia, as described in the act.
The Task Force will consist of twenty one members, as described in the act. Except for four legislative members and the Commissioner of Education, the members will be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Names were submitted from across the State from stakeholders and state agencies for review by the Missouri legislature for appointments. The Senate released their list on August 31st and the House on September 7, which named the panel for the Task Force. Below is a list of appointments.
Thanks to all of the DD-MO members that made passing HB2379 possible! Your hard work is beginning to pay off!!
The American Academy of Pediatrics: Section on Ophthalmology and Council on Children with Disabilities, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and American Association of Certified Orthoptists published a Joint Policy Statement in August, 2009:
Learning disabilities, including reading disabilities, are commonly diagnosed in children. Their etiologies are multifactorial, reflecting genetic influences and dysfunction of brain systems. Learning disabilities are complex problems that require complex solutions. Early recognition and referral to qualified educational professionals for evidence-based evaluations and treatments seem necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. Most experts believe that dyslexia is a language-based disorder. Vision problems can interfere with the process of learning; however, vision problems are not the cause of primary dyslexia or learning disabilities. Scientific evidence does not support the efficacy of eye exercises, behavioral vision therapy, or special tinted filters or lenses for improving the long-term educational performance in these complex pediatric neurocognitive conditions. Diagnostic and treatment approaches that lack scientific evidence of efficacy, including eye exercises, behavioral vision therapy, or special tinted filters or lenses, are not endorsed and should not be recommended.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) developed the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading which outlines the requirements needed to become certified in Structured Literacy. There are 2 paths for certification:
- university programs accredited by the IDA, and
- independent teacher training programs accredited by the IDA.
Background and History on the “Reading Wars”
- Research and the Reading Wars is a chapter excerpt posted on Harvard’s website. This is excellent background into the history and science of the reading wars. Lengthy but a must read! Or read the abridged version! 1/2008
- The Reading Wars 11/1997
- How the ‘reading wars’ are being reignited 8/21/2013
- Another blast in the reading wars 9/17/2013
- The Reading Wars: Why Natural Learning Fails in Classrooms 11/19/2013
- Why Science Lost the Reading Wars by Literate Nation, Fall 2013
- How the Reading Brain Resolves the Reading Wars by Maryanne Wolf, Fall 2013
- The Reading Wars: Phonics vs Whole Language 12/2008
- Whole Language High Jinks by Louisa Moats
National Reading Panel
- National Reading Panel Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read
- National Reading Panel Reports of the Subgroups – fyi, this is a 449 page document
- Impact of Scientifically-based Reading Instruction on Different Groups and Different Levels of Performance by Steve P. Dykstra
- Reading Development and Literacy Instruction
- Reading Recovery: An Evaluation of Benefits and Costs
- An Evaluation of Benefits and Costs
- Reading Recovery: What Do School Districts Get For Their Money?
- New Zealand’s literacy strategy (Reading Recovery) failing to reduce the gap
By Louisa Moats
- Whole Language Lives On: The Illusion of “Balanced” Reading
- Whole-Language High Jinks: How to Tell When “Scientifically Based Reading Instruction” Isn’t
- Literacy Achievement in the Primary Grades in High-Poverty Schools
- Teaching Reading is Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able To Do
- How Spelling Supports Reading And Why It Is More Regular and Predictable Than You May Think
Dyslexia and the New Science of Reading: this article appeared in Newsweek in November 1999 yet is still very relevant today.
Wrightslaw The Best Kept Secret in Special Education
Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) and Reading Fluency: Implications for Understanding and Treatment of Reading Disabilities by Elizabeth S. Norton and Maryanne Wolf
It is official! Governor Nixon signed House Bill 2379 and Senate Bill 638 on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2pm in Springfield at the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Head Start location at 552 N Stewart Avenue, Springfield, MO. There was a celebratory reception at 3:30pm hosted by the Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning located at 100 East Primrose St., Suite 530, Springfield, MO 65807.
By December 31, 2017, this act requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders and to develop the necessary classroom support for such students. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, each public school including charter schools, shall conduct dyslexia screenings and provide reasonable classroom support consistent with the guidelines developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Additionally, practicing teacher assistance programs shall include two hours of in-service training regarding dyslexia and related disorder provided by each school district for all practicing teachers. Such training shall count as two contact hours of professional development.
This act also creates the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia. The Task Force will advise and make recommendations to the Governor, Joint Committee on Education, and relevant state agencies. The TAsk Force will consist of twenty members, as described in the act. Except for four legislative members and the Commissioner of Education, the members will be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Task Force will make recommendations for a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of supports for students with dyslexia, as described in the act.
This is a tremendous step forward for public school students in MO!
We can finally celebrate! HB2379, SB635, and SB638 have all passed and will head to the Governor’s desk. These bills contain dyslexia language. Thanks to Representative Swan, Representative Burlison, and Senator Sifton for your tireless work this legislative session on behalf of kids with dyslexia in MO. A special thanks also goes to Jewell Patek and David Winton for helping us in the legislature. And of course we owe a debt of gratitude to all of the legislators that voted in favor of these bills and helped move forward the dyslexia legislation.
All of the bills contain the same language (as it pertains to dyslexia) and include dyslexia screening, teacher training, and the Dyslexia Task Force. Once the Governor signs the bills, they will become laws! Yeah!!!
This is an excerpt from HB2379’s Bill Summary:
“This bill requires each public school to screen students for dyslexia and related disorders at appropriate times in accordance with rules established by the State Board of Education. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) must develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students and the necessary classroom supports. The requirements and guidelines must be consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia, which is also created by this bill.
The school board of each district and governing board of each charter school must provide reasonable support consistent with the guidelines developed by DESE. “Related disorders” are defined as disorders similar to or related to dyslexia, such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphasia, specific developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, practicing teacher assistance programs will include two hours of in-service training regarding dyslexia and related disorders.
This bill establishes the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia. The task force consists of 21 specified members including two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate. The task force must meet quarterly and make recommendations to the Governor, the Joint Committee on Education, and specified state agencies. The task force will make recommendations for a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of supports for students with dyslexia including the development of resource materials, professional development activities, and proposed legislation.
The task force authorized under these provisions will expire on August 31, 2018.”
Be sure to thank your legislators for voting for these bills (legislator lookup) along with the Sponsors of all of the Dyslexia Bills (Senator Sifton, Representative Swan, and Representative Burlison). These legislators also deserve special recognition: Speaker Richardson, Representative Jones, Senator Kehoe, Senator Romine, Senator Onder, Senator Brown, and Representative Lair.
Don’t forget to write Governor Nixon and ask him to sign these bills into law: https://governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office.
Here is a quick update on all of the MO dyslexia bills as of April 18:
HB2379 – Screening bill and Legislative Task Force (House) passed the House on a vote of 142-5 and has been Reported to the Senate and First Read.
SB827 – Legislative Task Force bill (Senate) passed the Senate on a vote of 31-0 and is headed to the House.
HB1928 – Legislative Task Force bill (House) is on the calendar to be “perfected” in the House (debated and voted on). After this, the bill will be third read and voted on.
HB 2546 – Professional Development bill (House) has been voted “Do Pass” by the House Ed Committee and now will be sent back to the House floor for readings/perfection.
SB809- Screening Bill (Senate) has been read the second time and referred to the Senate Education Committee.
It is great to have so many bills still alive! Please remember that only 10% of bills make it as stand alone legislation. The majority are attached as amendments to bills that have made it farther along in the process. There is still a lot of time to be heard on both sides, but it is good that these bills have had good support in committee. This should make them likely candidates for amendments.
You can find out how a Bill gets passed in MO here. Updated information on the bills will always be available by clicking on the links above.
Senator Sifton, Representative Burlison, and Representative Swan have filed Dyslexia Bills.
Senator Sifton filed three Senate Bills. Two of the Senate bills are related: SB827 and SB633. SB633 is an omnibus bill that address a wide range of education issues in our State. SB633 establishes the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia and the hiring of a Dyslexia Specialist. The other bill, SB827, establishes the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia as a standalone bill. A third Senate bill, SB809, requires each public school to screen students for dyslexia and related disorders. SB827 had a Hearing in the Education Committee on February 10. Thank you Senator Sifton! You can send him a thank you here.
Represenative Burlison filed HB1928, which would establish the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia and also requires DESE to hire a Dyslexia Specialist. HB 1928 had a Hearing in the Education Committee on February 8. Be sure to thank Representative Burlison in an email here.
Representative Swan filed HB2379, which requires public schools to screen student for dyslexia and related disorders. You can send her a thank you here. HB2379 has a Hearing in the Education Committee on February 15. We are very fortunate to have these legislators working on behalf of kids with dyslexia in Missouri!
We encourage you to contact your own Legislators to support these important bills. You can look up your MO Representative via your zip code here and your MO Senator here. Or perhaps you’d like to thanks the member of the House and Senate Education Committee. You can do so here for the Senate Education Committee or here for the House Education Committee. By sending a letter, email or making a phone call, they will know that dyslexia legislation matters in their district.
If you have any questions related to this legislation, please feel free to reach out on our Contact Us page. Thank you!