Video: Inside a Dyslexia Evaluation

From Understood.org – “Are you wondering how psychologists test kids for dyslexia and other kinds of learning and attention issues? Get an inside look as Matthew M. Cruger, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and senior director of the Learning and Development Center at the Child Mind Institute, evaluates a child for reading issues. See what kinds of questions kids get asked when being tested for dyslexia.

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Looking for Tutor Scholars for the 2018-2019 school year

The Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY 103 in Oriskany, NY is looking for interested, qualified people for our Tutor Scholar program for the 2018-2019 school year.  Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree.

Tutor scholars will receive 70 hours of classroom and contact time with the instructor and will meet with two students for a total of 100 hours of personal instruction over the course of the 2018-2019 school year.  Initial classroom instruction for the tutors will take place on July 26 – July 28 from 9 am to 3 pm and once a month on a Saturday for several months throughout the school year (dates TBD). The program is intensive with regular assignments due at set intervals along the way. The training is free but you will need to pay for some books.

Tutoring happens on either a Monday/Wednesday or a Tuesday/Thursday schedule from the hours of 4 – 6 pm. While you are not paid for the time you spend tutoring during this year, if you meet the requirements of the program you will receive Initial Certification to tutor students with Dyslexia.

Want to change the life of a student who can’t read because of Dyslexia?  For more information, contact the Center at (315) 736-0574.  We are on Spring Break April 23-26 but don’t hesitate to leave a message. Space is limited but we still have room for more applicants.  WE need you!

 

Spring Break!

The Children’s Dyslexia Center is closed for Spring Break on Monday, April 23 – Thursday, April 26th, 2018.  We will reopen on Monday, April 30th, at 1 pm.  Have a great break!

 

Response to Intervention Policy Statement

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. has published a written response to  RTI policies.  This response, written by Matt Cohen, J.D., can be found by clicking on the link below.  His main points are:

  1. RTI is often highly problematic in its implementation because there are no consistent guidelines or regulations for implementation.
  2. RTI procedures in some school districts constitute violations under IDEA, Section 504, the ADA and the U.S. Constitution.
  3. RTI should not be used as a “diagnostic” tool
  4. RTI is often used to delay referral for evaluation or even as an alternative to provision special education services
  5. Research-based intervention should be used for all students

He offers solutions to these problems in this article as well.  Take some time to read this informative article.

Source: Response to Intervention Policy Statement – Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.

Are you ready to request an evaluation?

We here at the Children’s Dyslexia Center often get emails that draw our attention to the Understood.org website.  It’s a very informational website for parents and educators in regard to learning and attention issues.  As parents you face many hard decisions about how and when to address these issues if you suspect your child needs help.  Understood.org has a great Decision Guide to help you determine if you are ready to request an evaluation and it can be found here. You may need to sign up to view this but they do not charge a fee to use their website or resources.

Understood.org has several other Decision Guide Tools that I encourage you to look at.  You can find these guides here.  Of course, these tools are just a small amount of what the Understood.org website has to offer! Take a look and you might be surprised.

Fixing our Mistakes and working together

From the Wrightslaw Special Ed Advocate January 30, 2018 issue

As IEP season arrives, it is important for everyone involved in the process to avoid unnecessary mistakes.

Find out how to create more effective team meetings when parents learn to help the school and schools learn how to avoid confrontation with parents.

Parent attorney Bob Crabtree offers advice to all the players in his “Mistakes People Make” series.”

In the following articles, you will find out about staying focused, resolving problems and how to avoid unnecessary mistakes. Click on the title to go to the article you’d like to read.

Mistakes School Districts Make

Mistakes Parents Make

Mistakes Advocates Make

Mistakes Independent Experts Make

Happy Reading!