1) Cognitive Skill Building
2) General Reading
3) Phonemic Awareness
5) Free Resources
Cognitive skills are foundational abilities that support all learning. According to Dr. Benjamin Bloom's famous taxonomy (updated edition) they include: Remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. Modern standardized tests assess very specific cognitive abilities such as: processing speed, attention, working memory, short term memory, pattern recognition and executive functioning.
Phonemic awareness is defined as the ability to distinguish and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of speech sound that can carry a meaning. It is a critical skill that all readers must develop.
There are many great free resources for dyslexia. Below are some sites that we think offer a mix of professional pedagogical resources and positive inspiration:
1) Khan Academy.org. The Khan academy contains a huge library of free online lessons, but unfortunately English and reading remediation are not among them. BUT, they have some very good exercises in mathematics that should help anyone with dyscalculia.
2) Dyslexia Materials.com Dr. Erica Warren's site contains some free teaching resources and lists of links to other helpful free resources from podcasts to webinars to camps.
3) Headstrong Nation.org. Ben Foss's site doesn't contain worksheets or lesson plans, but does have great videos that will inspire teachers to experiment with new technology while building student confidence inside and outside the classroom
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