READ Conference (Reading Engagement and Development)

Dyslexia and Struggling Readers

Saturday, March 2, 2019
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
USF Main Campus | San Damiano Hall
Joliet, Illinois
$30 per person

(includes light refreshments and licensed educators can earn PD clock hours)

Register HERE for READ 2019: Dyslexia and Struggling Readers
We are proud to partner with Everyone Reading Illinois (ERI) to focus on Dyslexia and Struggling Readers through the Experience Dyslexia® Simulation and What is Dyslexia? Panel Discussion.

Experience Dyslexia® Simulation
This learning disabilities simulation is a hands-on workshop that lets the participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language-based learning disability. This simulation provides a lively, thought-provoking activity for teachers, parents, or anyone interested in better understanding the lives of individuals with dyslexia.

During a simulation participants rotate among six learning stations that simulate language-related tasks that may be encountered in the classroom and workplace.

Station 1: Learn to Read: simulates a beginning reading problem
Station 2: Listen to Me: simulates an auditory figure-ground problem
Station 3: Write with Mirrors: simulates a visual-motor and writing problem
Station 4: Name That Letter: simulates a letter-word identification problem
Station 5: Write or Left: simulates a copying and writing problem
What Is Dyslexia? Panel Discussion
The panel addresses dyslexia from the perspective of various experts including a psychologist, neuropsychologist, educator, parent, educational therapist, and an adult with dyslexia. The information provided includes what dyslexia isn’t (pervasive myths), what it is (characteristics and how they manifest in the classroom), and what red flags to look for at different ages. The panel will field questions about early screening, effective intervention methods, advocacy, what to look for in a diagnostic assessment, impact on siblings, and tips for teachers.