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1. How to Prevent Reading Difficulties and Reading Failure
Sue Heath, research editor for Wrightslaw, replies. "Children do not learn to read with support. They learn to read with direct instruction."
"Reading is a learned skill. For many children, reading is not a natural skill that develops as they mature."
In How to Prevent Reading Difficulties and Reading Failure, Sue provided the teacher with a comprehensive list of resources about how children learn to read, how to prevent reading failure, and how to implement research based instruction. These resources come from respected organizations including:
* National Reading Panel
Read How to Prevent Reading Difficulties and Reading Failure by Sue Heath.
Do you know that nearly half of all children in special education programs are identified with specific learning disabilities?
Do you know that almost all children, including children with disabilities, can learn if taught appropriately?
When Congress reauthorized IDEA, they listened to these experts and changed the law about how children with specific learning disabilities may be identified.
To learn about these changes, read IDEA 2004: Specific Learning Disabilities - Discrepancy and Response to Intervention Models.
Schools will "not be required to take into consideration whether a child has a severe discrepancy between achievement and intellectual ability ..." (Section 1414(b)) (Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, page 97)
To answer your questions about Response to Intervention, we collected dozens of articles and free publications. We learned that some experts endorse RTI. Others are less enthusiastic.
Most agree that the success or failure of Response to Intervention will depend on whether it is appropriately implemented by highly-trained professionals - and this is likely to be a problem.
We urge you to study these issues. You'll find dozens of articles, free publications and websites in Answering Your Questions about Response to Intervention: What is RTI? How Does It Work?
The reauthorization of any law brings differing interpretations and questions. The information in IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw will help you find answers to your questions. Read more What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004 articles.
Parents, teachers, and school administrators are searching for reliable information about research based programs. Where can you find information about reading programs that have research that supports their effectiveness?
Read Florida Center for Reading Research: Research Based Reading Programs & Assessments to learn about these and other resources on this excellent website.
5. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Programs in VA, DE, CA, NC, and ME
Wrightslaw offers special education law and advocacy programs taught by experts in the field. Our Winter schedule includes programs in these communities:
February 10: Falls Church, VA - From Emotions to Advocacy Training. Speaker: Pat Howey
February 13: Wilmington, DE - Special Education Law and Advocacy Training. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
February 20: San Diego, CA - Special Education Advocacy Training. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
February 27: Charlotte, NC - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
March 8: Bangor ME - Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference. Speaker: Pete Wright
We are scheduling programs for 2007 and 2008. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read Conference Information.
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