The One Common Classroom Mistake Hiding in Plain Sight

Recent surveys show more than ninety percent of U.S. classrooms utilize some form of computer technology but there’s one non-digital K-3 teaching aid that remains ubiquitous: the alphabet picture chart. Alphabet picture charts (and cards) are very important because they help teach the sounds of the alphabet and, in turn, how to read and spell […]

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ADHD: What to Know

Geoff B. Sorge and Brendan F. Andrade wrote a new article Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Disruptive Behavior in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It is known that children with ADHD have difficulties with hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. This can lead to disruptive behaviors. Learn about the latest research and an approach which can be useful in […]


3 Things to Know About Common Core

Ever wondered how a diagnosis of dyslexia is treated within Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? The Application to Students with Disabilities highlights key issues related to students with disabilities and provides important guidance to both parents and school staff assisting students with dyslexia.   Common Core makes these three key points:   Support and related services […]

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Help Change the Laws

Looking for a direct way to change public policy and help our children with dyslexia? If you’re in Maryland, join up with the IDA, Summit School and Decoding Dyslexia and together we will help educate Maryland legislators about dyslexia. Families, educators and friends affected by dyslexia are invited to participate. Plans include a meet-and-greet, a […]


The One Sign Your Child is in the Right School

While there are many ways to gauge if your first or second grader is in the right school, the best indicator is high self-esteem. It’s easy to be seduced by Blue Ribbon awards, top peer rankings, well-intentioned teachers and new cafeteria tables but if your child has low self esteem it could be a sign she’s not […]

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Message From the Executive Director

During a recent trip to my home in New Mexico, I sat with my mother one evening on the back porch reminiscing about her career in special education and listening to songs from Camelot, the magnificent Lerner and Loewe 1960’s Broadway musical. So I began to think about what IDA’s Camelot will be… Camelot, as […]


Latest on Dyslexia Assessment Testing for Teaching

By Susan C. Lowell, Rebecca H. Felton and Pamela E. Hook When a child is struggling to learn to read, the question parents ask first is “Why?” This question is quickly followed by “What should I do? IDA’s recent publication is an indispensable resource for parents in answering questions and providing practical advice for parents […]

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Art Contest Finalists

by Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed. In 2013, the IDA Alabama Branch (ALIDA) held its first art contest for students and adults with dyslexia. Individuals were asked to describe in words and art what dyslexia means to them. Through this contest, ALIDA wishes to honor the gifts of individuals with dyslexia. As a branch, we spend […]


Conference Recap: 65 and Going Strong!

  Sunny skies, shimmering palms and warm breezes provided an idyllic back drop for one of the most successful conferences in IDA history. “Best conference ever,” reported an Ohio third grade teacher who made the trip at her own expense. The Hilton was sold out in days, extra blocks of rooms had to be reserved […]

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ADHD and Dyslexia

ADHD and Dyslexia: Understanding the similarities, separating the diagnoses About 30% of those with dyslexia also have coexisting ADHD. Though the two diagnoses are different, they share many characteristics including: Difficulty paying attention Avoiding reading Dysfluent reading Deriving little pleasure from reading Handwriting struggles Problems with spelling, grammar, proofreading, and organization While similar in nature […]