Resources

These resources were created and/or collected by Outreach staff to assist you in better understanding how to teach students with LBLD.

  • Dyslexia Laws by State

    Explore dyslexia laws by state. The International Dyslexia Association has compiled this helpful resource that outlines what the regulations and laws are regarding dyslexia in each state.

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  • Importance of Student Voices in the Classroom

    Understand the importance of student voices in the classroom. This Mind/Shift article highlights the research behind the benefits of including the students in the learning process and outlines ways educators can increase engagement in their classrooms and argues that by giving students voice and agency, educators can support diverse learning styles in their classroom

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  • Creating Positive Student Outcomes in Middle School Special Education: Part 1

    Starting the Year with Writing Instruction This post is part of a series about helping students with LBLD experience academic success. Read Erin’s second blog! by Erin Broudo, M.S.Ed. I run a language-based program in central Massachusetts for grades 6-8. This year, there are ten students in my program, and I typically have up to

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  • The Relationship between Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD) & Anxiety

    by Laura Polvinen and Helene Dionne, PhD “ I tried very hard to be normal…I tried to hide as much as I could…You think you go day by day…but…it’s like every day is a full lifetime. And it’s like “Oh my god! I have to get through this…the amount of anxiety, stress, and fear is

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  • ADD, Emotions, and Motivation

    Understand more about ADD and emotions and motivation. Dr. William Dodson explains the powerful, but often overlooked characteristics of ADD. He explains that popular textbooks definition often fail to fully capture ADD’s features that shape perceptions, emotions, and motivation.

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  • Advantages of Dyslexia

    Understand the advantages of dyslexia.  Scientific American writes about studies and research that look at the supposed impairments that people with dyslexia face and reframe our thinking about these disadvantages and encourages readers to think about how it is often these differences that create and inspire innovation.

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  • Dysgraphia

    Understand more about dysgraphia. Explore Understood.org’s comprehensive resources related to dysgraphia.

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  • Evidence-Based Reading Instruction with the Reading League

    Learn more about evidence-based reading instruction with the Reading League. Watch this round-table discussion with classroom teachers, administrators, parents, college professors, and psychologists.  These professionals share their stories and insights on the importance highly effective, evidence-based reading instruction.

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  • Executive Function and Reading

    Learn more about executive function and reading. Understood.org explains why and how executive functioning issues can impact reading development. The article outlines 5 ways executive functioning can affect reading including letter recognition, sounding out words, understanding works with multiple meanings, passive voice, and focus and memory.

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