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Teaching Students with Literacy Problems—Including Dyslexia

Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

literacy problems

Presented by Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Western Michigan University
Sponsored by Brookes Publishing

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Teachers and related service providers across early, middle, and secondary grades are invited to join this edWebinar with Dr. Nickola Wolf Nelson to gain new insights for identifying struggling readers and writers, understanding their needs, and helping them improve.

Dr. Nelson shares a quadrant model for plotting language/literacy skills along two dimensions that can explain dyslexia and other reading, spelling, and oral language problems. She also presents five tips for working with students who are struggling with reading and writing, including how to:

  • Use the quadrant model based on the simple view of reading and the Student Language Scale (SLS) to screen for literacy difficulties and decide when to refer
  • Use standardized testing from a tool such as the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS) to understand students’ strengths and needs
  • Embed explicit instruction on word structure into grade level curricula to develop all students’ reading, decoding, spelling, and vocabulary skills
  • Embed instruction within the curriculum to heighten students’ awareness of vocabulary, complex syntax, and discourse organization
  • Use writing instruction within curricular assignments to build language/literacy skills for all students and as a collaborative intervention context for students who are struggling

This recorded session is designed for PreK-12 educators, administrators, special educators, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, and reading specialists.

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Nickola NelsonAbout the Presenter

Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is Professor Emerita in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and former Director of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at Western Michigan University. She is the author of the book Language and Literacy Disorders: Infancy Through Adolescence, and first author of Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS), as well as editor-in-chief of the journal, Topics in Language Disorders. Dr. Nelson’s research and publications focus on curriculum-based language and literacy assessment and intervention.


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Thursday, April 13, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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