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March 31, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Structured Word Inquiry: Give Me the Basics!

What is Structured Word Inquiry, or, as it is more commonly known – SWI? In a nutshell, SWI is an approach that uses a problem-solving strategy for learning and understanding word meanings and spelling patterns. Through SWI, we learn that words have a depth, belong to families and have a rich history.

October 22, 2019 / by LiteracyUntangled

State Dyslexia Handbooks: Give Me the Basics!

Most state dyslexia handbooks came about with the passing of specific state dyslexia laws. In order to inform teachers and parents the process for identifying and helping children with dyslexia in their state, some states have put out a dyslexia handbook. Not all state handbooks are created equal. Below is the list of online dyslexia handbooks I have been able to find.

October 1, 2019 / by LiteracyUntangled

Dyslexia: Give Me the Basics – Early Signs and Symptoms

What is dyslexia? What are the early signs and symptoms of dyslexia? In this video, we share the most common signs seen in people with dyslexia.

January 7, 2019 / by LiteracyUntangled

ADHD: Give Me the Basics!

ADHD is a commonly diagnosed learning and attention disorder. It is one of the few learning disabilities that has received attention beyond the medical/educational fields and has entered into the public consciousness. Due to it’s place in “common knowledge”, many misperceptions have arisen. ADHD effects a person’s ability to focus and maintain self-control. Just like dyslexia, it is a result of a person’s brain being “wired” differently and often runs in families.

December 17, 2018 / by LiteracyUntangled

The Orton Gillingham Approach: What is it?

In the 1930’s, Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham developed a language based approach to reading instruction, now commonly known as the Orton Gillingham Approach. It was originally designed to help struggling readers by explicitly teaching them the connections between sounds and letters. Nowadays, Orton Gillingham is a highly structured, multisensory approach, widely used with beginning and struggling readers.

December 5, 2018 / by LiteracyUntangled

Dyslexia: Give Me the Basics!

Dyslexia is a language based learning disability: problems with reading, writing, spelling and/or math – not with an ability to think! Just like Autism, there is a spectrum from mild to severe – no two dyslexics are exactly alike. It is a lifelong disability, you can’t outgrow it. However, through remediation and accommodations, its impact can be moderated.

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