In addition to the information which we provide here on our www.HeadstrongNation.org website, there are many organizations/non-profits in the field of Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities which provide information and support to parents and adults alike. Below is a list of some terms with definitions and some select organizations with what they offer, to serve as a starting point for those who desire additional information. NOTE: This list is by no means exhaustive, and we will continue to add to this list in the future as we become aware of other resources to share. Thanks ~ The Headstrong Nation Team
The International Dyslexia Association -“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” (Courtesy International Dyslexia Association - http://eida.org/definition-of-dyslexia/)
Kelli Sandman-Hurley of the Dyslexia Training Institute created a great video to explain dyslexia located on her website along with other valuable information on finding the meaning in words: - http://www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org/ - Download her free e-book "Dyslexia in the Schools" here: http://www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org/blog/dyslexia-in-the-schools-fr...
Susan Barton, from Bright Solutions from Dyslexia, has many informative videos on her website here: http://www.dys-add.com/freeVideos.html
Dyslexic Advantage - Promotes positive identity, community, and achievement among dyslexic people by focusing on their strengths and features many resources on their website – www.dyslexicadvantage.org
Bookshare - An accessible online library - https://www.bookshare.org
Decoding Dyslexia National, – How to Start a Grassroots Movement for Dyslexia - http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/contact-.html - Many state and International chapters with corresponding Facebook pages and websites.
Understood - 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. www.understood.org
Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity - http://dyslexia.yale.edu/index.html
Dyslexiaville - The launchpad for self-esteem and sucess for "D" kids. http://dyslexiaville.com/
Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. It can manifest itself as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Because writing requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills, saying a student has dysgraphia is not sufficient. A student with disorders in written expression will benefit from specific accommodations in the learning environment, as well as additional practice learning the skills required to be an accomplished writer. Courtesy NCLD via Ldonline - http://www.ldonline.org/article/12770/
Dyscalculia affects a person’s ability to understand numbers and learn math facts. Individuals with this type of Learning Disability may also have poor comprehension of math symbols, may struggle with memorizing and organizing numbers, have difficulty telling time, or have trouble with counting. Courtesy Learning Disabilities Association of America -(http://ldaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/dyscalculia/)
ADHD is short for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a condition characterized by symptoms that include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. However, not all of these need to be present for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD. Courtesy Understood - (https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/signs-symptoms/c...)
Auditory Processing Disorder is a descriptive term that describes any issues related to the auditory system. This could include outer, middle and inner problems, as well as neurologic issues related to getting the message into the brain or translation of the message once it reaches the brain. Central Auditory Processing Disorder was initially the term used to describe the auditory processing disorders that occur in the central nervous system, i.e. the brain. Over time the term has been shortened to Auditory Processing Disorders, and these days CAPD and APD are essentially interchangeable. Courtesy CAPD Support - (http://www.capdsupport.org/Diagnosis/what-is-capd.html)
How to Request an evaluation for your child from the school (Includes sample letter) - Courtesy of LDA America- http://ldaamerica.org/advocacy/lda-position-papers/right-to-an-evaluatio...
How to request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) for your child from the school. - Courtesy Parent Hub. - Http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/iee-3
Differences Between IEP’s and 504 Plans - Courtesy Understood https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/504-plan/the-difference-between-ieps-and-504-plans
Eye to Eye - Mentoring movement which pairs kids with learning and attention issues with college-aged mentors also with learning and attention issues. - www.eyetoeyenational.org
School Accommodation and Modifications – Courtesy Wrightslaw – http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/fape.accoms.mods.pdf / http://www.wrightslaw.com
Dyslexia Help Website - Courtesy Dyslexia Help Univ. of Michigan - http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/
US Department of Education - http://www.ed.gov/