New California Dyslexia Law
On October 12, 2015, Governor Brown signed a new Dyslexia Law (AB 1369) which will help improve educational services for nearlhy one million California students with dyslexia.
The bill, which received strong bipartisan support, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to publish guidelines that assist special and regular education teachers, students, and their parents, in improving the education of dyslexic students.
Dyslexia is a brain-based learning difference that characterizes one-in-six persons. Dyslexic students typically have more difficulty mastering basic skills like reading, writing, spelling, and math calculation. Yet they are also typically of average or superior intelligence, and commonly show significant strengths in areas like spatial reasoning, pattern recognition, and problem-solving.
Studies have shown that dyslexic students learn best with methods of instruction specifically designed to fit their way of thinking and learning, including multi-sensory and project-based approaches. Failure to identify and appropriately educate children with dyslexia puts them at considerable risk for negative academic, psychological, and behavioral outcomes.
I have two sons who have dyslexia. One found his niche in organic chemistry and is now working on his Ph.D. The other dropped out of high school, passed the high school proficiency exam, and is now doing software development for Books.com in the Netherlands. The second one never liked school, taught himself computer programming and had jobs at the age of sixteen. Yes, I am proud of my boys but it was a struggle to get them through school! Schools that appreciate dyslexic students and will use methods of instruction specifically designed to fit their way of thinking and learning, including multi-sensory and project-based approaches will hopefully bring joy to dyslexic students instead of their dislike for school.
Fisher Hill workbooks were development to help all students but especially students who have difficulty learning to read and write.
Fisher Hill has an English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults that uses Orton-Gillingham methods. This English literacy program includes four different workbook series. These series can be used in conjunction with each other. How does the program work? English Reading and Spelling Book 1 introduces students to reading in English. The English Reading and Spelling series uses a very systematic and explicit approach to teaching the forty-four speech sounds used in the English language. Learning these sounds will help students read and spell. When English Reading and Spelling Book 1 is completed, students are ready to practice their beginning reading skills with English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 1 and their beginning writing skills with English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. Vocabulary presented in the first books of each series is reviewed in English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. The four series each with six workbooks, were written to be used together to give students a good foundation in English literally. Adults like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, there are lots of pictures but the content is for older students. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go! There is an answer key at the end of each lesson and an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of each book.
Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to learn more about workbooks for Spanish Speaking teens and adults.