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A Conversation Guide for Using Terms like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia [downloadable]

talking175Clear and effective communication between parents, educators, and other school professionals is critical to identifying and meeting the needs of students with specific learning disabilities (SLD). But sometimes, confusion over specific terms like dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia can lead to unnecessary tension or conflict between members of a student’s IEP team. And there may be confusion about when it’s appropriate to use these terms and how the terms might impact the student’s success.

To help parents, educators, and school professionals have productive conversations and know when and how using these terms might be helpful, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and eleven other national organizations worked together to create a new, practical resource.

5 Questions Parents and Educators Can Ask to Start Conversations About Using Terms Like Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia can be used to start a dialogue between parents and educators and help the IEP team better meet the needs of students.

The organizations who have contributed to this resource:

  • AIM Institute for Learning and Research
  • Council of Administrators of Special Education
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Council for Learning Disabilities
  • Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Eye to Eye
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
  • National Association for School Psychologists
  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
  • Understood

Resources and programs for parents, educators, professionals, and young adults are available on the NCLD website.

Learn more about advocacy by viewing the presentation and materials from Advocacy in Action—Sharing Your Story to Make Change, a workshop presented by Meghan Whittaker, National Center for Learning Disabilities‘ Policy & Advocacy Manager and Robert Stephens, Sr. Manager, Federal Relations, at EdRev Expo 2018.

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities | Getting Specific About SLD: A Conversation Guide for Using Terms like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia, https://www.ncld.org/archives/blog/getting-specific-about-sld-a-conversation-guide-for-using-terms-like-dyslexia-dyscalculia-and-dysgraphia | ©2018 National Center for Learning Disabilities

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