News, Tips, and Articles of Interest

June 9, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

The Not So Secret, Secret: Inequities in Special Education

If you have worked with students who have learning disabilities for any length of time, you are keenly aware of the inequities inherent to special education. While there are racial disparities throughout special education, in this post I am going to specifically focus on Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and white vs black. It needs to be noted that there are considerable gaps between white special education students and almost all minorities but, for simplicity, we’ll keep this conversation spotlighted on white vs black. Let’s begin with identification.

April 28, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Dyslexia: Relevant Federal Education Laws – The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

In a recent post, we discussed how The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) relates to dyslexia. Today we’re going continue that conversation by digging into The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and examine how it applies to dyslexia.

April 16, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

How to Modify an ELA Assignment for Your Child

Recently, a Literacy Untangled mom sent me an email asking for help. The ELA assignments being sent home for remote learning where taking forever to do and completely overwhelming her and her child. Mom told me she had a hard time understanding what the readings and follow up questions were asking them to do. She asked if there was any way I could help. I told her to send me an assignment and I’d help them come up with a plan of attack.

March 3, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Dyslexia: Relevant Federal Education Laws – The American with Disabilities Act

Did you know there are specific education laws related to dyslexia? With IEP Season coming into full swing, as a parent it’s important to have your ducks in a row before walking into the meeting. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of these laws and today we’ll delve deeper into the law and how it relates to dyslexia.

February 18, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Timers: A Handy Time Management Tool

The timer is probably one of the most used tools in academic settings, from the good old reliable kitchen timer to the online timer projected up on a SmartBoard. The reason they are used so frequently is because they work! But why do they work?

August 18, 2019 / by LiteracyUntangled

IEP Snapshot Form

When I was a Special Education Case Manager, at the beginning of every school year, I would handout copies of IEP’s to all of my students’ teachers of record. I quickly learned that not only I, but my students’ teachers as well, needed a quick IEP reference sheet – a cheat-cheat if you will. A brief check of a student’s IEP Snapshot gave me a quick and easy answer and ensured the student received their accommodations. I finally had the time to create the IEP Snapshot I always wanted and am excited to share it with you!

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