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Digital Seminar

Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Effective Classroom Strategies to Build Students’ Reading and Writing Skills

Mary Asper
Approx. 6 Hours
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Oct 23, 2020
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Digital Seminar - Also available: Live Webinar


Students CAN expand their basic reading and writing skills, even when diagnosed with Dyslexia and/or Dysgraphia.

This presentation is filled with abundant child-centered, classroom-proven strategies and materials for building skills in the seven foundational areas for reading: phonemic and phonological awareness, vocabulary and word knowledge, changes in word meaning, sentence structure, narrative composition and spelling.

Even more strategies and materials are provided for underlying characteristics that affect students’ performance such as anxiety, executive function, auditory processing and visual processing.

Take away strategies designed to accelerate your students’ progress in reading and written expression through innovative and successful field-tested methods and practical tips.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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MARY B. ASPER, MS, CCC-SLP, has over 40 years experience working with children, adults, families and educators from all walks of life in many different capacities. For the last 10 years, Mary’s focus has been on developing and implementing effective techniques and strategies to help students with language learning disabilities succeed in school.

She is involved in all areas of treatment for dyslexia, including diagnosis, program development and implementation, therapeutic intervention and professional development for SLPs and educators. Mary has developed strategies to address linguistic, cognitive and social concerns based on best-practice recommendations and current neuro-scientific findings, through her work with students from the early grades through high school.

Mary is the president and speech-language pathologist for her company, Codding Hollow Associates, Inc. and coordinates a team of related professionals who serve students with severe language learning disabilities and communication disorders.

She holds certification from the American Speech-Language Association, is a former board member for the Vermont Speech-Language Association and an instructor in Special Topics: Language Disorders for Lyndon State College in Vermont.

Course Content Disclosure:

Participants will be exposed to, but not formally trained in, the use of auditory integration therapies within the content of this course. ASHA Position Policy states that Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) has not met scientific standards for efficacy that would currently justify its usage.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary B. Asper maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Mary B. Asper serves on the board of the Vermont Speech-Language Hearing Association.

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  1. Assess and discuss misunderstandings and inaccurate perceptions about the characteristics of Specific Learning Disorder diagnosis and its’ impact on student performance.
  2. Use music and physical movement to prepare the brain for learning and to enhance retention and recall.
  3. Choose appropriate interventions for letter formation, spacing, capitalization, punctuation to improve treatment outcomes.
  4. Implement techniques to boost reading comprehension and enhance critical thinking skills.
  5. Apply strategies related to the seven foundational skills of reading to inform choice of treatment interventions.
  6. Create effective methods to support students’ written language abilities and to reduce anxiety about written expression.
  7. Formulate plans to improve student outcomes in reading and written language through applying learned strategies and resources.


Dispelling Myths about Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

  • Dyslexia/Dysgraphia can be diagnosed
  • Students will not just “get over it” or grow out of it
  • Students won’t do better if they just “try harder”

Preparing the Brain For Learning

  • The benefits of music and movement for the reading/writing brain
  • Engaging positive self-talk
  • Resources for implementing movement in the classroom

Foundational skills for proficient readers

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Visual Tracking
  • Blending
  • Segmenting
  • Multi-syllable Words
  • Fluency

Boosting Comprehension

  • Identifying unknown words
  • Thinking and remembering in categories
  • Creating meaningful, memorable definitions
  • Inference and prediction, Idioms, Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Literal vs. Figurative language
  • Fact vs. Opinion

Strategies for Written Expression

  • Improving letter formation, spacing, capitalization, punctuation
  • Overcoming spelling difficulties
  • Choosing words to write with
  • Building Sentences
  • Writing from Pictures
  • Collecting and using ideas for writing

Assistive Technology, Accommodations and Supports


Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Other Helping Professionals that Work with Children


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