Live, Listen, Learn Series

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Live, Listen, Learn Series

The Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ORBIDA) is pleased to offer outreach and professional development throughout Oregon and SW Washington in our Live, Listen, Learn series.

Over the past five years, our presentations have been offered as in-service programs for educators at all levels of K-12 private and public schools.  Additionally we have addressed university faculty and students, mental health counselors, public library programs, service clubs, and parent organizations.  With groups ranging in size from 10-150 participants, ORBIDA has reached over 3000 participants in Oregon and SW Washington.

ORBIDA is able to tailor presentations to the size and background of your audience and to the physical facilities of your meeting location.  Simulation volunteers have included psychologists, educators, reading specialists, structured language/multisensory tutors, individuals with dyslexia, and parents of children with learning disabilities.  We recommend two to four hours to be allotted for most programs.

The Presentations

LIVE:  Simulation – The Power of Empathy
Participants take part in a variety of activities that mimic the learning experiences and associated frustration and anxiety that students with dyslexia face on a daily basis.

LISTEN: Student Empowerment Panel
Participants hear directly from an articulate panel of students on their personal experience with dyslexia in the classroom and home; what helps them and what does not.

LEARN: Understanding Dyslexia
Participants learn the definition, the neurological correlates, demographics, warning signs, and social/emotional impacts of dyslexia, as well as the interventions and accommodations that have been shown to have a positive impact on learning for children and adults with dyslexia.

Structured Literacy: An Overview
Participants are introduced to an overview of the content and process of What Is Structured Literacy? and why it is effective with our dyslexic learners.

Getting to Know IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards
Participants will be introduced to the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for teachers, IDA’s evidence based guidelines that enable educators to teach all students to read proficiently.  Resources for further, more in-depth study of the standards will be provided.

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“This was a great reminder for me. I have several students who struggle with this along with learning English! This is also great perspective for more patience working with my own son and his assignments.”

“The simulations were a great way to show teachers what students with dyslexia feel/experience.”

“I could definitely feel empathy toward people who struggle with dyslexia. I also felt guilty of saying some of the same things the presenters were saying when I was struggling to complete the tasks.”

“After this morning’s simulations, I feel even greater of a need to ensure that I am providing the BEST support that I can for the students that I case manage as they access their general education courses. I wish we
had more training sessions like this… so meaningful!”

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