Course #10: Dyslexia -Severe Reading Difficulties

This course is part of the Online Professional Development Certificate Program

 Research-Based Reading Instructions and Interventions: Elementary Level

About this Course

This course examines dyslexia or severe reading disabilities from a psycholinguistic perspective, and it describes the types pedagogical strategies and other elements that are appropriate for reading instruction and interventions with this population.


Course goals:

As a result of taking this course, students will be able to --

1. Understand the condition of dyslexia.
2. Implement a variety of pedagogical strategies appropriate for students with dyslexia.
3. Describe the type of reading instruction necessary for students with dyslexia.
4. Describe the types of strategies used for reading instruction for students with dyslexia.
5. Design an appropriate intervention for students with dyslexia.

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Video Mini-Lectures


Reflective Analysis and Response Assignment

Design an Intervention

Above are specific intervention strategies based on the assigned reading material and mini-lectures in each area.  Participants will design and implement a 10 to 12-day intervention for one student with dyslexia or severe reading difficulties.  It is recommended that you use vowel sounds as organizing structures.  That is, select a short or long vowel sound.   Design 3-5 sessions (lessons) based on that vowel sound.  The intervention videos below may provide some ideas.

Examples - Things We Might See in an Intervention
Meaning-Based Intervention – Level I (grades 1-2)
Meaning-Based Intervention – Level II (grades 3-6)

Design a rough plan for your 10 to 12 day intervention before beginning (see below).  Get feedback on your plan before beginning.  Send me your plan at:

Intervention Plan
Grade level:
Approximate reading level:
Deficit areas: ___ comprehension;  ___ word identification;  ___ fluency
Pre-Post assessment:
Strategies you will try:

Try the intervention

After you have gotten feedback on your intervention plan, try it out.  You may need to adopt and adapt as you go along.  Use the Report and Analysis Form (below) to describe the results.  Share your report on the Flipgrid sharing site. Flipgrid allows you to share your ideas using short, recorded videos (90 seconds or less).  Go to the site below to record your ideas:      Use the password: ReadingAJ

Select any three of the strategies above to try in your classrooms. Implement each strategy for at least two weeks (you can do this simultaneously).  Then, conduct a reflective analysis using the below template.  Share your results on the FlipGrid discussion.  This discussion format allows you to share your ideas using short, recorded videos (90 seconds or less).  It is simple to use.  Go to the site below to record your ideas:      Use the password: ReadingAJ

Report and Analysis Form

Date(s) of implementation:
1. How did you use the strategy?
2. What seemed to work well?
3. What would you do differently?
4. Other observations and analysis:

Discussion Web Responding Guide

1. Interesting.  Find and describe some part of the entry that you like or find to be interesting or useful.

2. Question.  Find and describe some part of the entry about which you’d like more information or have questions.

3. Extension or application.  Identify and describe other ideas, applications, or extensions you might have related to the entry.

4. Other.