According to the Dyslexia Center of Utah 70-80% of people with poor reading skills are likely dyslexic. Dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities and it doesn’t discriminate. 80% of children on an IEP have reading difficulty and of those 85% of them are dyslexic. 62% of non-readers drop out by the time they reach high school.
Those are all eye opening statistics. That’s why October is designated as Dyslexia Awareness Month. In celebration of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, Reading Horizons is hosting a free Online Dyslexia Summit.
Throughout the day, Reading Horizons will host experts on Dyslexia through three interactive online presentations. Viewers will be able to participate in online q&a sessions with Dr. Richard Selznick, Ph.D; Eric Price, M.Ed; Shantell Berrett, MA; and Donell Pons, M.Ed, MAT, SPED.
Shantell Berrett and Donell Pons will present a live question and answer session at 2:00pm EDT. Berrett is the dyslexia specialist at Reading Horizons. Pons is a reading specialist and dyslexia specialist based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Eric Price will present “Don’t Stop The Learning: Assistive Technology in the Classroom” at 4:00pm EDT. Price, a struggling reader himself was able to go onto finish college and grad school before becoming a teacher and an administrator. He is currently a middle school teacher in Utah. His presentation will talk about education technology used in the classroom to provide dyslexic students with help.
Dr. Selznick, the author of “The Shutdown Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child”, “School Struggles: A Guide To Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success” and “Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts for Schools & Parents”, will present “Essentials for Supporting a Child with Dyslexia” at 6pm EDT.
This free day of online presentations and q&a is ideal for reading specialists, English teachers and even parents of students diagnosed with dyslexia. All three presentations will take a look at the struggles students face and things teachers can do to help those students.
At the end of the summit a certificate of completion will be created for educators that attend. These certificates can be used for professional development credit.
For more information and to register visit readinghorizons.com/webcast