Teaching Reading to Students With Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties

This course will focus on the diverse literacy needs of children within the regular education classroom. State and federal legislation concerning inclusion of children with disabilities and the concept of "least restrictive environment" will be studied. An exploration of personal and societal biases will allow teachers increased self-awareness in teaching a divergent population. Appropriate best practices for enhancing literacy in all children will be presented. This course will guide participants' understanding of dyslexia and other reading difficulties, as well as, how to assess the needs of students who may have reading difficulties. Strategies will be covered on how to instruct students with dyslexia and reading disabilities in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and reading fluency.