This is one more tool for the Response to Intervention tool box of teachers, that these children already are being pulled out in Title I programs, ESS, and Special Ed, they just aren't getting the specific instruction they should get if they were properly identified as dyslexic. The money is already being spent, this would target a particular population with guidance as to what evidenced based researched programs would effectively remediate or instruct them BEFORE they fail in first grade and we begin the years of struggling for students and teachers. These students learn differently and the evidence is in as to the structured, multisensory, phonetic, linguistic programs that can activate the ... part of their brains that need to be activated.The Prichard Committee is supporting this bill as a good step forward in helping all students succeed.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
House Bill 409, if enacted, will require students to be screened for dyslexia before they enter first grade. Lois Weinberg is a Prichard Committee member and a longtime advocate for needed steps to help all children become readers. She explains the bill this way: