The Dyslexic Advocate

Published by
Austin Area Branch of The International Dyslexia Association®
Founded in Memory of Samuel T. Orton

Taken from: November 2005 Edition     http://home.austin.rr.com/aabida/      helpline (512) 452-7658       

The International Dyslexia Association neither recommends nor endorses any specific speaker, school, institution, instructional program or material.

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Contents

Parenting a Child with Dyslexia

President’s Note

Please share your e-mail address!

AABIDA’s ANNUAL DINNER and MEETING

“Dyslexia Awareness Month” October 2005

Thank You

Definition of Dyslexia

Dyslexia Therapist Training – in Austin

International Dyslexia Association’s Conference Calendar

 


“Parenting a Child with Dyslexia” - A Parent Information Session

by Mary Bach

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. The Austin Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association organized a series of meetings to educate people interested in learning about dyslexia. This year the teachers in Del Valle ISD decided to invite a parent of a child with dyslexia to talk to their parents and teachers. And on October 20, 2021 , Drenda Haddock spoke at the parent meeting held at one of the district’s elementary schools.  Ms Haddock not only has had experience raising a son with dyslexia, but she works with students at Rawson-Saunders School , a private school for children with dyslexia.  The parent meeting was a heart-warming experience.

Ms Haddock shared many experiences that she had as a parent of a son with dyslexia. She talked about being overwhelmed when Phillip was diagnosed with dyslexia. When she realized that she could not protect him from the difficulties he would experience in school, she became his strongest advocate and learned how to help him with his homework. She communicated regularly with her son’s school and always shared information about dyslexia with his teachers. Ms Haddock also talked about Phillip’s strengths and specials skills that he had. Phillip was a very social person in school and made a lot of friends. He was also very mechanical and enjoyed working with his hands.  He continues to use these strengths today in the workplace.  It was obvious from listening to Ms Haddock that school was difficult at times, but the support and love of his family helped Phillip grow and become a successful adult.

At the end of the evening, parents asked questions that were specific to the needs of their own children. The parents were encouraged to advocate for their children and talk to their teachers.  Ms Haddock shared books that they might want to read and encouraged them to join organizations such as AABIDA .  She also told them how to contact her if they had further questions.

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Dear AABIDA Members,

 Thank you for your tireless dedication and support of the dyslexic population.  Your membership to the International Dyslexia Association is vital for continuing research, legislation, and support of dyslexia.

 Thank you for your support and attendance of the various 14 events that were hosted by the Austin Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association during October 2005.  These events were in accordance with IDA’s proclamation of October as “Dyslexia Awareness Month”.  Thank you to the volunteers and speakers who dedicated their time and efforts in providing these free events to the public.

 At this year’s IDA Branch Council meeting of 48 branches, the presiding chair asked each branch to stand if they had held at least one event during October 2005 for “Dyslexia Awareness Month”.   And, over 85% of the branches stood up.  This very powerful moment brought me to tears.  I stated that this was absolutely amazing that the Austin Branch had started Dyslexia Awareness Month only 3 years ago, and look at the amazing power the branches had to help dyslexics, parents, students, and teachers.  And, it’s all due to Melody Kump .  Mrs. Kump is a long-standing AABIDA boardmember who is a visionary in her efforts for the dyslexia population.

 Thank you again to each of you for continuing to positively impact the lives of dyslexics. 

 Sincerely,

Sharon McMichael

2005 AABIDA President

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Please share your e-mail address!

As we increase our efficiency, we have moved to e-mail and electronic communication.  Our branch e-mail address is for distribution of information to our membership.  Please share your e-mail with the Austin Branch of the IDA at:

 

Austin Branch of the IDA

P.O. Box 92604

Austin , TX   78709-2605   

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AABIDA’s ANNUAL DINNER and MEETING

Was held on Saturday, January 28, 2022 at 5:30 P.M.

at the Old Pecan Street Café
310 E. 6th Street
(between Trinity and San Jacinto)

$25.00 per person (this includes a choice of one of the four entrees, tea, dessert, and gratuity.)

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“Dyslexia Awareness Month” October 2005

Events hosted by the Austin Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 PM
“Tips and Techniques for Dyslexic Students” by Ginny Garrison
River City Youth Foundation
5209 South Pleasant Valley Road
Austin, TX 78744
Coordinator: Melody Kump

Monday, October 3 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
“The Gift of Dyslexia” by Melody Kump
Marble Falls Elementary Library
1909 Broadway
Marble Falls, TX
Facilitator: Lorine Kuhn

Monday, October 3 at 6:30 PM
“Parenting a Dyslexic Student” by Melody Kump
Alpha Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma
Facilitator: Lorine Kuhn

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 PM
“Parenting a Dyslexic Student” by Glenda Key
Eanes ISD
Facilitator: Susannah Willms

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 P.M.
“Dyslexia: Helpful Hints for Home” by Sharon McMichael
Lake Travis I.S.D.
Hudson Bend Middle School Library
15600 Lariat Trail
Austin, TX 78734

Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
“Dyslexia: Characteristics and Effective Intervention” by Susannah Willms
Redeemer Lutheran School
Reception area above the sanctuary
1500 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 
Facilitator: Hope Liu

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 PM
“Parenting a Dyslexic Student” by Glenda Key
Austin ISD
Clint Small Middle School
4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Austin, TX 78749
Facilitator: Melody Kump

Tuesday, October 11, 2021 at 6:30 PM
“Math Strategies for the Dyslexic Student” by Dr. Mo Yazdi
Regents School of Austin
3230 Travis Country Circle
Austin, TX 78735
Facilitator: Melody Kump

Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 PM
Dyslexia Tips & Techniques by Susan Hinton
Eanes ISD
Cedar Creek Elementary
3301 Pinnancle
Westlake, TX
Facilitator: Susannah Willms

Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 P.M.
“Parenting a Dyslexic Student” by Drenda Haddock
Del Valle ISD
Del Valle Elementary
5400 Ross Road
Del Valle, TX 78617
Facilitator: Mary Bach

Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
“ABCs of Dyslexia” by Dr. Garth Vaz
Scottish Rite Learning Center
1622 E. Riverside
Austin, TX 78741
Facilitator: Juanita Worthy

Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 PM
“Parenting a Dyslexic Student” by Melody Kump
Leander ISD
Cedar Park High School Lecture Hall
2150 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Facilitator: Kathy Maguire

Thursday, October 27 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
“The Nature of Literacy Problems: Definitions, Assessment, & Instruction”
by Dr. Malt Joshi
Hays High School Career/Technology Building Media Room
4800 Jack C Hays Trail
Buda, TX 78610
Information: Sharon R. (512) 268-2141 ext. 6073

Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 P.M.
Dyslexia Simulation
Rawson-Saunders School
2600 Exposition Blvd.
Austin, TX
(512) 476-8382

Saturday, October 29 at 9 AM
Brownsville Dyslexia Conference
Dr. Garth Vaz, keynote speaker
Workshops with several well known dyslexia professionals
UT Brownsville
Facilitator: Steve Wilder

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Thank You

Thank you to the San Marcos Civic Foundation for underwriting the costs of the Brownsville Dyslexia Awareness Conference on October 29, 2021 that was hosted by the Austin Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.   This conference was a collaborative effort with AABIDA , UT - Brownsville , Brownsville ISD, Brownsville Reads, and Success 6.  And, it was free to the public.


Definition of Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.  These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.  Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.  

Adopted by the I.D.A. Board of Directors:  Nov. 12, 2002

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Dr. Reid Lyon

April 28, 2021   -  9:00am-12:00pm  

The Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin, Inc. is pleased to host Dr. Reid Lyon for a discussion on his 
Insight into Reading & Dyslexia 
followed by a Question & Answer session (Continental breakfast will be served)
 
The University of Texas Club The Presidents Room 
2108 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712(UT Club is in the stadium on the East side)
For written directions please go to www.utclub.com
Sponsored in part by the law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist

Tickets are $100.00 & seating in limited to 200

Call (512) 472-1231 for Reservations 

About Dr. Lyon: Dr. Lyon is the Senior Vice President for Research and Evaluation at Best Associates.  He also served as an advisor to President George W. Bush on child development and education research and policies from 2000 to 2005.  Dr. Lyon has authored, co-authored and edited over 120 journal articles, books, and book chapters addressing learning differences and disabilities in children.  He was a member of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education and was responsible for translating NIH (National Institutes of Health) scientific discoveries relevant to the health and education of children to the White House, the United States Congress, and other governmental agencies.

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Dyslexia Therapist Training – in Austin

The Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin, Inc. (SRLC) offers the Dyslexia Therapist Training Program for individuals with a college degree.  This comprehensive training to become a specialist in multisensory teaching techniques of the structure of the English language is purposefully designed for the student who is at risk for reading difficulty or who has been diagnosed as dyslexic.  This training will be implemented in the establishment of local remedial classes for these unique students.  

The therapist training program provides the opportunity for an individual to become a specialist in the field of dyslexia and related learning differences.  In order to provide the highest quality training possible, there is a limited number of individuals selected for the training each year.  Course content and techniques are based on the original Orton-Gillingham model, as well as others, with additions and refinements developed since 1965 at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital  for children in Dallas .  

Completion of this two-year comprehensive training program prepares an individual to receive a certificate of completion from Scottish Rite Learning Center with the title of Dyslexia Therapist.  Upon successful completion of a comprehensive examination by the Academic Language Therapy Association, ALTA, our graduates will also receive the title of Certified Academic Language Therapist.  

The therapist training program incorporates academic instruction, clinical training and supervised teaching in:  

1.     Characteristics of Dyslexia

2.     Educational Identification

3.     Multisensory approach to teaching phonological awareness leading to sound/symbol correspondences for reading and spelling:

a.     Phonemic awareness

b.     Onset and rime

c.     Rhyme recognition and production

d.     Alliteration

e.     Segmentation

f.      Manipulation

g.     Blending, etc.  

4.     Structured, intensive, phonetic approach to teaching reading emphasizing:

a.     Phonemic awareness

b.     Decoding

c.     Symbol/sound relationships

d.     Reading automatically

e.     Reading rate

f.      Prosody

g.     Orthographic patterns

h.     Syllable division

i.      Morphology  

5.     A multisensory,  process-oriented approach to teaching cognitive spelling which emphasizes:

a.     Phonemic awareness

b.     Sound/symbol relationship

c.     Orthographic patterns

d.     Spelling generalizations

e.     Spelling formulas for derivatives

f.      Dictation skills

6.     Listening comprehension skills that lead to reading comprehension skills including:

a.     Multisensory approach to work relationships through:

                                          i.    Grammar

                                         ii.    Morphology

                                        iii.    Semantics

                                        iv.    Syntax  

b.     Analysis and strategies used for comprehension in:

                                          i.    Expository text

                                         ii.    Narrative text

7.     Sequential multisensory strategies designed for the academic success of the dyslexic student

8.     Four book reports from an approved list of professional books.

9.     One case study  

FIRST YEAR  

ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION

Identification and Placement Seminar

                        Two-day seminar held in April at SRLC before beginning Introductory Course.

        Introductory Course

                        Sixteen (16) week days (July 10 – July 28); Mon - Thurs for 4 consecutive weeks; 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

                        Lecture;                 Practica; Competency assignments; Cost: $2000

        Introductory Seminars

                        Five full-day seminars held at SRLC during the school year 

                        Dallas Branch International Dyslexia Association Conference (1 day) and/or

                        National Academic Language Therapy Association Annual Conference (1 Saturday)  

CLINCAL TEACHING

        Demonstration of teaching competency

                        Five demonstration lessons with one of the local remedial classes (videotaped)

                        Self-critiqued by therapist-in-training

                        Observed and evaluated by a member of the Therapist Training Staff

                        Accompanying suggestions, critique, and evaluation

                        Opportunity for one-to-one instruction with a member of the Therapist Training Staff at SRLC.  

SUPERVISED TEACHING

        Teaching Experience

Implement and maintain remedial classes (1 to 5 students per class) of Dyslexia Therapy with at least three groups/individuals, for forty-five minutes, in an appropriate setting, each day, or for sixty minutes, four days a week.

        Progress Reports

        Prepare and submit periodic Progress Reports documenting supervised teaching situations and clinical teaching hours.  

SECOND YEAR

 

ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION

        Advanced Course

                        One (1) week; Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

                        Lecture;                 Practica; Competency assignments; Cost: $1000

        Advanced Seminars

                        Five (5) full-day seminars during the school year

                        Austin or Dallas Branch International Dyslexia Association Conference (1 day)

                        National Academic Language Therapy Association Annual Conference (1 day)  

CLINICAL TEACHING

        Demonstration of teaching competency

& Five (5) demonstration lessons with one of the local remedial classes (videotaped)

& Self-critiqued by therapist-in-training

& Observed and evaluated by a member of the Therapist Training Staff

& Accompanying suggestions, critique, and evaluation

& Opportunity for one-to-one consultation with a member of the Therapist Training Staff  

     SUPERVISED TEACHING

                Teaching Experience

Continue to maintain remedial classes (1-5 students per class) of Dyslexia Therapy

v  with at least three (3) groups/individuals, for forty-five minutes, in an appropriate setting, each day,

v  or for sixty minutes, four days a week.

Progress Reports

Prepare and submit periodic Progress Reports documenting supervised teaching situations and clinical

teaching hours.   

The Application for the Dyslexia Therapist Training by the Scottish Rite Learning Center

of Austin, Inc. may be obtained by calling (512) 472-1231.  

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International Dyslexia Association’s Conference Calendar


57th Annual Conference
November 8 – 11, 2006
Indianapolis Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

2007
November 14-17, 2007
Adam’s Mark Hotel
Dallas, TX

2008
October 29 – Nov. 1, 2008 November 11-14, 2009
Washington State & Convention Center
Seattle, WA

2009
November 11-14, 2009
Walt Disney’s Dolphin Hotel
Orlando, FL

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The International Dyslexia Association supports the efforts to provide dyslexic individuals with appropriate instruction and to identify these individuals at an early age.  The Association believes that teaching and learning is the best approach currently available for those affected by dyslexia.  The Association, however, does not endorse any specific program, speaker, or instructional materials, noting that there are a number of such which present the critical components of instruction as defined by the Task Force on Multisensory Teaching which works under the guidance of the The Association’s Teacher Education Issues Committee.

If you’d like to be more involved with the Austin Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, please leave us a voice message on our helpline at (512) 452-7658.  

 

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