The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is recognized as a leading advocate for individuals (children, adolescents, teens, and adults) diagnosed with Dyslexia, which is considered a Language-based Learning Disability. The IDA website – https://dyslexiaida.org – is very helpful. It offers parents and teachers practical and user-friendly information related to Dyslexia and your child.
IDA has created Teaching Standards for Teachers of Reading and Writing, which helps teachers to identify all of the domains of Language and Literacy that are needed to become a proficient reader. It is a very comprehensive set of standards!
In my Blog today, I have included a table - in the PDF file below - that I adapted from these Standards. This table is related to Phonological Awareness instruction. Phonological Awareness applies mostly to younger children, but students who are struggling – even older students – almost always have deeper needs in this area.
My hope is that you use this table to be able to have a conversation with your child’s teacher about the nature of Phonological Awareness teaching in your child’s classroom. The next few Blogs will target the other important domains.
Linguistic Foundations can help you to evaluate how the teaching in your child’s classroom is addressing the needs of your child, especially if she is struggling to develop proficient literacy skills. Linguistic Foundations can also identify Dyslexia and other Language-based Learning Disabilities through our test process, as we clarify your child’s unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. Finally, we can help you create a specific Instructional Plan based on her unique profile as a learner.
I look forward to get your feedback on this Blog. Please feel free to add a comment, and I will definitely respond. Also, if you have any questions about your child’s development in Literacy and Language (and how we may be of support), please contact me at Linguistic Foundations.
Thank you very much!