The evaluation team is preparing to meet for the purpose of reviewing all assessment results that have been conducted for Manuel. They will also be reading your evaluation summary. You are confident the team is going to find that Manuel has an educational disability based on the assessment results and data collected and that it is adversely affecting his educational performance creating an educational need. You and Mr. Franklin note that the assessment prepared by the school psychologists suggests that Manuel has dyslexia, a type of specific learning disability affecting reading skills. Neither you nor Mr. Franklin know very much about this common language-based learning disorder and you both decide to do a little research on the topic in preparation for the upcoming individualized education plan (IEP) team meeting.
You and Mr. Franklin are looking both for specific strategies that can be implemented unobtrusively in the classroom, and for more focused strategies that will take place outside of the classroom setting driven by the assessment results. You also want to have some resources for Manuel and his parents so there can consistency between the home and school settings. As you learn more, you and Mr. Franklin begin to suspect that Manuel is not the only one of your students who may be dyslexic and you plan to talk to the chair of the special education department about finding and supporting MTSS strategies to screen for students in school that may need additional supports. Take Action: Write a three- to four-page paper with the following components: Compose an introduction describing the purpose of the paper in one paragraph.
Create a bulleted list describing three possible signs of the chosen disability category (i.e., learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, ASD, speech language impairment, or emotional disturbance). Summarize the current research on the causes of the chosen disability category in one paragraph. Describe at least three specific teaching strategies to support students who have the chosen disability. Summarize what you have learned from your research on this topic in a conclusion paragraph.