Kathy Denious

Literacy Expert

Learning Disabilities Specialist

Private Special Education Teacher and Consultant since 2014

Classroom experience as a Special Education Teacher

One-on-one customized lesson plans that build trust

 

B.A. in Psychology

M.Ed. in Education with a concentration in Special Education

Few Americans are taught to read in a "scientific" or research-supported way. The old-fashioned methods - guessing, hoping, contextual clues, waiting - are woefully ineffective with struggling language learners.

Now there is actual research and scientific proof of the efficacy of "Structured Literacy." This is what our children with learning disabilities desperately need.

Much of the science of learning is not based on science at all - it's based on intuition and instinct. What if we approached teaching in the same way we approached other branches of science, using the scientific method and evidence-based research findings to direct us?

Children with dyslexia cannot learn to read using traditional classroom methods. According to the International Dyslexia Association, what does work is Structured Literacy, an explicit and systematic approach (which would actually benefit all young learners, not just those with dyslexia).

Myths about education in general and dyslexia specifically are pervasive and harmful. If you suspect dyslexia in your child (or its close cousin, dysgraphia), or if your student has recently been diagnosed, you may think you already understand what you're dealing with. But a lot of what we think we know is actually myth, and it's important that we and our children separate truth from fiction.