Dyslexia Resources

Includes Regional Points of Contact, Family Guides, Books, and Websites

Regional Points of Contact

Identification and Evaluation
School Psychology Services staff provide support to school psychologists with data interpretation from evaluation reports and other sources; provide help with questions about identification of students with dyslexia.

Region 1: Michelle Scales, mdscales@fcps.edu
Region 2: Laura Wisotzkey, Laura.Wisotzkey@fcps.edu
Region 3: Kathryn Casterline, kbcasterline@fcps.edu
Region 4: Paul Bordelon, Paul.Bordelon@fcps.edu
Region 5: Ellen Goldberger, Ellen.Goldberger@fcps.edu

Core Instruction and Classroom Assessment
Instructional Services/Responsive Instruction staff will collaborate with school staff to support balanced literacy instruction.

All Regions: Carrie Leestma, Carrie.Leestma@fcps.edu

Intervention and Accommodation
Office of Special Education Instruction staff provide support with making the instructional match; provide training in intervention programs for special and general education teachers.

Region 1: Jillian Lynch, jelynch@fcps.edu
Region 2: Erin Woodward, ewoodward@fcps.edu 
Region 3: Erin Woodward, ewoodward@fcps.edu 
Region 4: Erica Jones, ejones1@fcps.edu
Region 5: Jillian Lynch, jelynch@fcps.edu

For support with collaboration and communication around issues of dyslexia in any region please contact Carrie Leestma, Dyslexia Specialist, Carrie.Leestma@fcps.edu

FCPS Resources

Books

Dehaene, S.  (2009) Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read. New York, NY: Penguin.

Mather, N. & Wendling, B. (2012). Essentials of Dyslexia: Assessment and Intervention. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Shaywitz, S. (2003). Overcoming Dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level. New York, NY: Knopf.

Wolfe, M. (2007). Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Web Resources

Dyslexia Information and Resources

Dyslexia Communities
Decoding Dyslexia-Virginia
International Dyslexia Association
Understood: for learning and attention issues

Self-Advocacy
Web resources to support student self-advocacy are below:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/how-you-can-help-children-solve-problems 
http://lifeafterieps.com/teaching-kids-a-practical-strategy-for-everyday-problem-solving/
http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/dyslexics/living-with-dyslexia/home/teaching-self-advocacy-to-your-child

Phonics Resources

Some valuable resources for information on phonics assessments and explicit phonics instruction are:

  • CORE Assessing Reading Multiple Measures for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, 2nd Edition by Consortium on Reading Excellence, Inc., Arena Press, 2008.
  • CORE Teaching Reading Sourcebook, 2nd Edition by Consortium on Reading Excellence, Inc., Arena Press, 2008.
  • LETRS: An Introduction to Language and Literacy by Deborah Glaser and Louisa C. Moats, Sopris West, 2008.

For more information on teaching basic phonics skills, visit the following websites:

English Learners and Dyslexia

Articles:
Dyslexia and the English Learner Dilemma, 2015, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, languagemagazine.com   

Books:
Why Do English Language Learners Struggle with Reading? Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Learners Disabilities – Second Edition; 2016, John J Hoover, Leonard M Baca; Janette K Klingner, Corwin a SAGE Publishing Company, Thousand Oaks, CA.

The FCPS online dyslexia handbook provides information and resources to FCPS schools and parents alike as they support students with dyslexia.

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