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Demystifying Dyslexia with Elaine Cheesman

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This presentation clarifies the 2003 definition of dyslexia adopted by the International Dyslexia Association, including the foundational causes, the primary impact on foundational reading and writing skills, the secondary consequences on vocabulary and comprehension, and the social-emotional impact. Using authentic writing samples of people with dyslexia, participants will scrutinize typical spelling error patterns and practice several instructional activities to provide differentiated instruction for students with dyslexia. Participants will gain an understanding of the causes and prevalence of dyslexia, the typical signs in oral and written language, and an introduction to assessment and how to differentiate instruction for students who require strategic (Tier II) and intensive (Tier III) level instruction.

This DNF / IDA-GA / DDGA Outreach Event is free and open to the public. Check-in will begin at 6:45 p.m. Program will start at 7:00 p.m. Please let others know about this event.

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Elaine Cheesman, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, earned credentials as a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor of Academic Language Therapists at Columbia University. She is certified as a Dyslexia Therapist by the International Dyslexia Association and has worked in the field of dyslexia education since 1990 when she developed a reading clinic for adults with dyslexia in Hartford, Connecticut. The reading courses she developed at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs were among the first nine university programs officially recognized by the International Dyslexia Association for meeting the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

Her primary research, teaching, and service interests are teacher-preparation in scientifically-based reading instruction and the use of technology in literacy education. The reading courses she developed are among the first teacher preparation programs accredited by the International Dyslexia Association. Her articles have been published in Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Perspectives on Language and Literacy, Teacher Education and Special Education, Technology in Teacher Education and National Teacher Education Journal. She is the author of several book chapters, including the “Technology Recommendations” chapter in Woodcock Johnson IV: Recommendations and Strategies (Mather and Jaffe, 2015), Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh, and the forthcoming text by Elsa Hagan, Teaching English Language Learners: The Foundation of Literacy.

Dr. Cheesman’s awards include a Fulbright Specialist Grant to develop Institutional Accreditation Standards for dyslexia organizations worldwide, the Excellence in Teacher Educator Award from the Teacher Education Division of the Colorado Council for Exceptional Children, the Teacher of the Year and the Outstanding Researcher awards from the University of Colorado College of Education.

Dr. Cheesman has presented lectures and workshops for educators and parents throughout the United States, Canada, and Kuwait. Her topics include dyslexia, specialized instruction, and iPad apps and instructional technology.


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This event is brought to you by Dyslexia Network of Forsyth, Decoding Dyslexia-GA, and the International Dyslexia Association - GA. Outreach events are free and open to the public.

Dyslexia Network of Forsyth (DNF) provides resources and support to parents and educators of students with reading, writing and spelling difficulties in and around Forsyth County. Visit www.dyslexiaforsyth.com.

Decoding Dyslexia GA is part of a network of parent-led grassroots movements across the country concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within the public education system. Visit www.decodingdyslexiaga.com.

International Dyslexia Association - Georgia Branch (IDA-GA) is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia. IDA-GA is a resource and support system for parents, individuals with dyslexia, educators, therapists, psychologists, and other professionals. Visit http://ga.dyslexiaida.org.

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