Beta Alpha members hear presentation on dyslexia

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Kathy Whaley, practitioner at Orton-Gillingham and dyslexia interventionist at Catalyst4Learning and adjunct at the University of Rio Grande, gave a presentation on dyslexia.

Kathy Whaley spoke to the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma at the recent group reunion.

GALLIPOLIS – The Beta Alpha section of Delta Kappa Gamma recently gathered at the Holzer Health Center in the East Family Community Hall for their November meeting. Fourteen members and guest speaker, Kathy Whaley, were in attendance. The evening meal was provided by the planning committee.

President Donna DeWitt introduced guest speaker Kathy Whaley. Kathy has worked in schools in the city of Gallipolis as an intervention specialist and works at the University of Rio Grande as an assistant professor. She is also a practitioner in Orton-Gillingham and works as a dyslexia worker at Catalyst4Learning. His presentation focused on the study of dyslexia and techniques for diagnosis and treatment. Kathy is very passionate about her work in understanding, diagnosing, and finding ways to treat this specific learning disability. As she shared in her presentation, “The more we understand, the more we can intervene.”

In her PowerPoint presentation, Kathy explained that dyslexia is a specific learning disability of neurobiological origin. It is characterized by difficulties in precise and / or fluid recognition of words and by poor spelling and decoding skills. These difficulties usually result from a deficit in the phonological component of language which is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. (International Dyslexia Association)

The exact causes of dyslexia are still unclear. Brain imaging studies show differences in the way a person’s brain with dyslexia develops and functions. Most people with dyslexia have difficulty identifying the distinct sounds of speech in a word and / or learning how letters represent those sounds. Dyslexia is neither a lack of intelligence nor a desire to learn.

Dyslexia is a disease that lasts a lifetime. With the right help, many people with dyslexia can learn to read and write well. Early identification is essential in helping people with dyslexia be successful in school and in life.

Most people with dyslexia need the help of a teacher, tutor or therapist who is specially trained in using a multisensory and structured language approach. This method must be direct, explicit and systematic by focusing on the different layers of language such as phonology, sound-symbol association, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax and semantics.

Teaching reading using methods that align with the science of reading will minimize the effects of dyslexia.

The presentation was followed by a business meeting. Door prizes were won by Beth James, Cathy Greenleaf, Gail Belville and Gwen Daniels. The next meeting will be on Saturday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Evans Event Barn.

Submitted by Debbie Rhodes.

Kathy Whaley, practitioner at Orton-Gillingham and dyslexia interventionist at Catalyst4Learning and adjunct at the University of Rio Grande, gave a presentation on dyslexia.

Kathy Whaley spoke to the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma at the recent group reunion.



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