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Understanding Reading Problems

Understanding Reading Problems

Issues and Interventions in a Series of Four Videos – with Rationales
for the Stevenson Reading Program by Dr. Tom Diebold

Vision Based Reading Problems: Although these are not the most common among reading problems, they are foundational. Vision Based problems caused by lighting, print and paper need to be resolved or remediation will be hampered. These problems are addressed through accommodation more than remediation, but Tom demonstrates both the issues and some options for accommodation.

Decoding Based Problems and Dyslexia: These reading problems account for the primary focus of dyslexia instruction. However, decoding issues, which are relatively common among struggling readers, are not limited to dyslexic students. Tom starts with a simple model of the reading process, then thoroughly covers the decoding process, which is essential to reading success. He also covers some of the neurological aspects of dyslexia, so teachers appreciate the complexity of reading accurately. The need for phonics instruction is clear.

De-Mystifying Phonics: Tom discusses the inconsistencies and consistencies of English phonics. The need for a structured, systematic approach is clear. Teachers who have been trained in multi-sensory phonics will be familiar with many of the points Tom raises in this video. Other teachers will come to appreciate how difficult it is to make English phonics accessible to struggling students.

Multi-Sensory Structured Language Instruction: This video describes the ingredients needed for effective reading instruction, which also include elements beyond phonics. While several different programs use multi-sensory instruction, we have inserted some examples of how Stevenson specifically addresses particular issues. It is important that, administrators, teachers and parents alike know that the Stevenson Program uses these strategies. However, Stevenson contains some unique strategies that other methods do not. At the end of this video Bill Stevenson spends a few minutes describing these qualities.

About Dr. Tom Diebold: Tom is an experienced educator who has worked at several regional and state education agencies, as well as a Special Ed Director, all in Ohio.  In recent years, he has consulted with school systems across the state, discussing options for addressing reading problems (among other issues). 

Tom is an independent contractor who is very familiar with several different programs for struggling readers.  He has received individual training from author, Nancy Stevenson, and he is a designated trainer for Stevenson Learning Skills.

recorded discussion of dyslexia and the appropriate instruction for dyslexic students.  Your Special Ed teachers who are skilled at dealing with many learning problems might not be familiar with different types of reading instruction. Also, your reading teachers who understand different methods for typical learners, might not be familiar with specialized instruction for learning problems. These videos will be very useful for those situations.

issues associated with reading failure.  If you are not already familiar with dyslexia, you will gain a thorough understanding of the problem.  If you are not already familiar with structured multisensory phonics, you will see why such strategies are required.

the ingredients required to address the problems of struggling readers.  Also, if you wish to support Stevenson instruction at home, we can offer suggestions.

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