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Struggling Adolescent Readers: How to support your student with a Learning Disability. Presentation by Kristin Blain 8 th Grade Resource Teacher Lakeshore Middle School. Today we will discuss:. Learning Disabilities Reading Decoding - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Struggling Adolescent Readers

Struggling Adolescent Readers:How to support your student with a Learning DisabilityPresentation by Kristin Blain 8th Grade Resource TeacherLakeshore Middle School

www.adlit.orgToday we will discuss:Learning Disabilities

Reading Decoding

Decoding Strategies

www.pearse-trust.ieWhat is a Learning Disability?LD affects the brains ability to receive, process, store, respond to, and communicate information

NOT an intellectual disability

Average to above average intelligence

Struggling to acquire new skills impacts school performance

No apparent cause for LD

(National Center for Learning Disabilities, 2013) How a Dyslexic Brain Works- A simple Demonstration

Common Types of Learning DisabilitiesDyslexiaDifficulty readingProblems reading, writing, spelling, speakingDyscalculiaDifficulty with mathProblems doing math problems, understanding time, using moneyDysgraphiaDifficulty with writingProblems with handwriting, spelling, organizing ideasDyspraxia (Sensory Integration Disorder)Difficulty with fine motor skillsProblems with handeye coordination, balance, manual dexterityDysphasia/AphasiaDifficulty with languageProblems understanding spoken language, poor reading comprehensionAuditory Processing DisorderDifficulty hearing differences between soundsProblems with reading, comprehension, languageVisual Processing DisorderDifficulty interpreting visual informationProblems with reading, math, maps, charts, symbols, picturesStartling StatisticsSecondary students with a Learning Disability (LD) experience significant deficits in reading when compared to other students in their grade level

Dropout rate for students with LD was estimated at 31.6 % as compared to 9.4 % for students with no disabilities (U. S. Dept. of Education, 2007c)

Only 11% of students with LD, as compared to 53% of students in the general education population, have attended a four-year postsecondary program within two years of leaving high school (National Longitudinal Study II, 2003)

blog.zucklaw.comThe Vicious Cycle (Moats, 2002)The Reality:A wealth of evidence shows that intensive, high-quality literacy instruction can help students who are struggling build the skills they need to succeed in high school and beyond (Biancarosa & Snow, 2004).

www.goodfinancialcents.comHow You Can HelpStudents with learning disabilities can be very successful in school

It is up to parents, guardians, and teachers to work together to develop a system that will work for the student

Implement simple but helpful strategies with your student at home

Key Literacy Component: DecodingDecoding (word identification), refers to the ability to correctly decipher a particular word out of a group of letters.

Two skills involved in decoding:

Phonemic awarenessis the understanding that spoken words are made up of individual units of sound. These units of sound are called phonemes (i.e. /k/,/a/, and/t/, form the word cat).

Phonicsis the understanding of the relationship between the letters in written words and the sounds of these words when spoken.Students use this understanding as the basis for learning to read (recognize familiar words and pronounce new words) and write.(National Institute for Literacy, 2008) Key Literacy Component: Decoding Cont.If decoding is not fully developed by adolescence, students experience difficulty when they encounter new words

Research supports instruction in decoding, word recognition, and spelling helps improve phonemic awareness for studentswho have difficulty understanding how to blend sounds to articulate unfamiliar words

(National Institute for Literacy, 2008)

blogs.ksbe.eduAbout Decoding StrategiesAdolescents with decoding difficulties need more intensive practice to develop their reading skills more thoroughly both in and out of school

Both phonics and phonemic awareness instruction should occur using the language used in educational settings Focus on only one or two strategies at a time Institute for Literacy, 2008)

Decoding Strategies to TryResearch-based recommendations (with each strategy, you model and have your student repeat):

When looking at new vocabulary words, articulate each syllable slowly (i.e.,e-co-sys-tem), pausing slightly between the syllables.Repeat this articulation several times.

Point out patterns in the pronunciation and spelling of prefixes, suffixes, and vowels in selected words (i.e.,rac-ism,sex-ism,age-ism, etc.).

Point out similarities and differences among words that belong to "word families" (e.g.,define,definitely,definition).

(National Institute for Literacy, 2008)

Lets Practice!

*Please refer to your parent activity handoutAppleby, Ph.D., J., Brinkley, Ph.D., A., Broussard, Ph.D., A. S., McPherson, Ph.D., J. M., & Ritchie, D. A. (2009). Social reform. InAmericana journey: Early years(p. 418). Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill.

Teach your student to begin their homework by looking at the section vocabularyRememberAdolescent readers who struggle with decoding need extra time to decode each word AND to apply their higher order thinking skills to fully comprehend the text that they read (National Institute for Literacy, 2008)

Encourage your student to self-advocate for the extra time that they will need for reading in and out of the classroom

Practicing these decoding strategies at home will help your student feel more confident and comfortable using them at school

theredranch.blogspot.comThe Moral of the StoryWith research-based strategies, encouragement, and persistence, your student can and will achieve great things!MedicalNewsOnline: Overcoming Learning Disabilities

ReferencesAppleby, Ph.D., J., Brinkley, Ph.D., A., Broussard, Ph.D., A. S., McPherson, Ph.D., J. M., & Ritchie, D. A. (2009). Social reform. InAmericana journey: Early years(p. 418). Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill

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National Institute for Literacy. (2008). Key literacy component: Decoding. Inall about Adolescent Literacy. Retrieved February 7, 2013, from

National Joint Committee onLearningDisabilities. (2008, June). Adolescent literacy and older students with learning disabilities: A report from the national joint committee on learning disabilities. InLD Online. Retrieved February 10, 2013

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