of The Special Ed Advocate, we look at reading, trained reading
teachers, and answer your requests for help. You will also learn
about a F*R E E Wrightslaw
Boot Camp - but you have to act fast.
1. Doing Your Homework: How Can I Get a Trained, Certified Reading Teacher?
"My child is in third grade and is having difficulty learning to read, spell and write. I asked for a trained, certified reading teacher. The school says her special ed teacher is 'highly qualified' because she has 10 years of experience. The teacher is not trained or certified in any reading remediation program. What can I do?"
Heath responds, "Trying to get by as a reading teacher
without appropriate training makes as much sense as buying
sheet music to become an opera singer. A teacher can't use
the Wilson Method, or any other method, unless she has the
As a member of the Wrightslaw Speaker's Bureau, Sue provides training on No Child Left Behind. She also does programs on reading, research based instruction and strategies for using federal standards to advocate for children and improve public schools. Learn more
Reading at Wrightslaw includes information about reading, reading disabilities, research-based reading programs, law and caselaw, certified language therapists, and more.
"Reading disabilities are the most understood and effectively corrected learning disability ... if help is delayed until third grade, children rarely catch up with their peers ... 75% of the children who were poor readers in the 3rd grade remained poor readers in the 9th grade and could not read well when they became adults." From
Parents: Does your child have a language learning disability? You will want to read these articles:
What Every Parent Should Know About Dyslexia
Children Succeed or Fail at Reading - Research from the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development Program in Learning
Put Reading First: Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read. Organized by topic for kindergarten through grade 3 (phonemic awareness instruction, phonics instruction, vocabulary instruction, fluency instruction, and text comprehension instruction); how research can be translated to practice.
at Wrightslaw for reliable information about reading, reading
disabilities, research-based reading programs, law and caselaw,
certified language therapists, and more.
3. Answering Your Requests for Help
"I'm from New York. I need an advocate who can help me get a better program for my child. Can you help?"
need to find a good ABA program in Texas? Can you help?"
answer your requests for help, we built Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities for every state and territory.
how to build your team, get educated, join a parent group, find
legal and advocacy help, and more at the Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities!
Help Others - Distribute Flyers for the Yellow Pages
of parents are frightened, isolated, and seeking help. Reach out.
Give them a hand. Let them know about the Yellow
Pages for Kids.
4. FREE Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Boot Camp in OKC on Dec 2-3, 2005
Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp will
be held in Oklahoma City on December 2 & 3, 2005.
The program is sponsored by The
Oklahoma Disability Law Center -- and is FREE
for parents, family members, and
individuals who work with children with disabilities.
will receive two books: Wrightslaw:
IDEA 2004 and the new 2nd edition of Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival
Guide (value: $35.) Registration
will learn about changes in IDEA
2004 and you
will learn how to:
5. Subscription & Contact Info
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