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We at NHIDA are happy to share a new initiative we call READ for Parents

Beginning Wednesday 10/14/2020, NHIDA will host free, 60-90 minute Zoom session for parents every other month that focuses on a topic from the IDA Dyslexia Fact Sheets. If you don’t know about the fact sheets, be sure to check them out; they’re current, relevant, and full of great information. In addition to our board member panelists, each session will include a guest speaker with deep knowledge of the topic.

Upcoming Sessions

Past READ for Parents Sessions

Oct. 14, 2020 – Dyslexia Basics with Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Dec. 9, 2020 – Advocating for Students with Dyslexia in Public Schools with Caryl Patten & Michael Patten

Feb. 10, 2021 – Dyslexia Assessment with Dr. Melissa Farrall

April 14, 2021 – Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Dyslexia

June 9, 2021 – Homeschooling with Claudia Golda-Dominguez, Marie Thibodeau, & Brittany Lovejoy

August 11, 2021 – Dyslexia Stress – Anxiety Connection – Guest Speaker Noel Foy

October 14, 2021 – Dysgraphia with Melissa Farrall

Message from the President

Brenda Peters, NHIDA President

Hello friends of NHIDA,
As a branch, we have been very busy since our last newsletter serving the needs of our members in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. Be sure to check out our new website that includes great resources like links to our past and upcoming READ for Parents webinars (see below). Additionally, the board has worked to draft Vermont legislation that would require screening students for indicators of dyslexia and provide structured literacy instruction to all students.
These are unprecedented times in our country and the world, as we begin another school year amid a pandemic. For many families, COVID provided a unique opportunity to witness their children’s instruction and to see first-hand their child’s ability to meet school demands. For some families, this glimpse has raised alarm as they see their child being immersed in balanced literacy approaches that fail to directly teach critical reading components like phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding, instead of focusing on teaching strategies characteristic of poor readers like guessing and skipping words. Many parents and teachers have begun to realize, what the International Dyslexia Association has purported for years, the importance of structured literacy for all readers and especially those who struggle. We know there is a high comorbidity between reading failure and anxiety and depression in children making it especially important that we provide struggling readers with structured literacy instruction when they begin their school experience in kindergarten or even pre-k.
To bring awareness to this important topic, especially during the pandemic, when anxiety is already high, we are excited to present our fall virtual conference on September 24th – Dyslexia & the Whole Child: The Positive Connection between Structured Literacy and Social Emotional Well-being with special guests Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D. and Linda Siegel, Ph.D. As a result of the morning session with Dr. Margie Gillis participants will be able to:
  • describe the Structured Literacy approach and explain why it is important for students with reading difficulties,
  • explain some differences between Structured Literacy and Balanced Literacy,
  • understand how Structured Literacy might be implemented in different tiers of instruction (i.e., general education, reading intervention, special education),
  • describe some instructional activities associated with the six elements of Structured Literacy, and
  • explain the types of assessments that are used to guide the implementation of Structured Literacy.
As a result of the afternoon session with Dr. Linda Siegel participants will:
  • understand the social and emotional consequences of dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • become aware of solutions to these individual and societal problems
  • become acquainted with the importance of early identification and intervention and simple, inexpensive, and effective early identification and intervention techniques
  • become aware of techniques to streamline assessment and identification of dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • become aware of techniques to foster self-esteem in individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and
  • can discuss techniques for empowering students and parents to deal with systemic problems in the identification of and intervention of dyslexia and other learning disabilities
We hope you will join us for this important and informative webinar and our upcoming endeavors.
Be well,
Brenda Peters, MA, MEd, SAIF, ICALP

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