SEPAC offers presentation on reading disabilities and dyslexia Thursday
Darien's Special Education Parents Advisory Council will offer an educational presentation on understanding dyslexia/reading disabilities by reading expert, Dr. Margie Gillis. The meeting will take place Thursday, April 6, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Darien Library Community Room.
Attendees should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (note “reading” in subject line).
Specific learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia affects 80% of those diagnosed with learning disabilities. What do parents and educators need to know to help students reach their full potential? From identification and instruction to advocacy and empowerment, Dr. Margie Gillis will discuss the process of getting the best support for every child who needs it and will answer your questions. Topics will include:
- What is dyslexia?
- What are the signs of dyslexia?
- How is it diagnosed?
- Expert teaching is the best treatment
- What Connecticut law says about dyslexia
- Orton-Gillingham training and certification
- Parents and teachers as advocates
The presentation is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library. Dr. Margie Gillis is the president of Literacy How and a research affiliate at Fairfield University and Haskins Labs. Among her many accomplishments and presentations, she was recently (January 2017) the primary presenter of the live webinar, “Using Literacy Screening Data to Support Students with Reading Difficulties,” attended by approximately 300 Connecticut educators and hosted by the State Education Resource Center of CT (SERC) and the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).