A Road Map For Remediation

These webinars and blogs by Lorna will help you, as a teacher, tutor, or determined parent, to create a "Road Map for Remediation," for your struggling readers and writers.

The blog series will lead up to a final webinar in this series of three entitled, "A Road Map for Remediation," which will be available FREE. Lorna is very keen that teachers, tutors, and parents who wish to go deep, in terms of informal assessment of their students have the ability to do so.


Lorna Wooldridge sets out to explain the different profiles of struggling readers, and pinpoints the reasons for their struggles. She explains in detail how to gather information to help you determine where your focus should be, or to select the best informal assessments to guide you further. She walks you through informal assessments for phonological and phonemic awareness, letter sound knowledge, phonic decoding, sight word recognition, reading fluency, working memory, vocabulary, and comprehension. She also provides help with interpreting results.

Handouts and resources are included that will expand your knowledge of a struggling reader, and assist you to create an intervention or remediation plan for them. Being able to articulate a child's needs is critical when advocating on their behalf in a school situation, or knowing when you might need to obtain a professional assessment or support.

This webinar is for parents, tutors, teachers, and anyone that works with or supports struggling readers of all ages.

The cost of this webinar is $39.95

Informal Assessment of Reading Deficits

Lorna Wooldridge sets out to explain the different components of written language, including spelling, and concludes by analyzing the profiles of struggling writers to pinpoint the causes.

She explains in detail how to gather information to help determine where focus should be for a particular child, and helps participants select the best informal assessments to guide them further. Participants will learn how to assess a student’s handwriting, spelling, and writing by using screeners, inventories, and by analysis of a piece of unaided writing.

Poor spelling is a good indicator of a phonological core-deficit, though average spelling doesn’t rule it out. As poor spelling can sometimes be a window into a student’s phonological and orthographic skills, it is very important to include in an informal assessment.

Webinar participants will learn how to analyze the results of these informal assessments so they can make more informed choices about future formal testing of a student and then choose appropriate remediation methods and materials to aid that student. Informal assessments, and their analysis, can also make it apparent when other professionals, such as occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, should be involved to support a child with learning difficulties.

Various models will be explored, including The Simple View of Reading Model and The Five Developmental Stages of Word Study, and their application to writing and spelling will be discussed. These models can be used to further aid participants as they make decisions about the best course of remediation for a particular student.

Handouts and resources are included that will expand a participant's knowledge of a struggling writer, and assist them to create an intervention or remediation plan. Being able to articulate a child's needs is critical when advocating on their behalf in a school situation, or knowing when to obtain a professional assessment or professional support.

Examples of anonymous students’ unaided writing will be provided, which participants can mark up, score, and compare to Lorna's analyses, so participants can check on their understanding of the process.

The cost of this webinar is $49.95

Informal Assessment of Writing and Spelling Deficits

In this series of blogs, Lorna Wooldridge will show participants how to bring together all the information and assessment results they have gathered on a student and create an informal road map for remediation or, in some cases, intervention. She will conclude by analyzing the profiles of four of her own students, who have struggled with reading, writing, and spelling deficits.

Readers will learn about the affordable and effective intervention and remediation materials used by Lorna and her husband in their practice. Guidance will be provided to help participants choose appropriate remediation methods and materials for their particular student. Various models will be explored, such as the Simple View of Reading Model. These models can be used to further inform decisions about the best course of remediation for a particular student.

This kind of informal report can also make it apparent when other professionals, such as occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, should be involved to support a child with learning difficulties. Being able to articulate a child’s needs is critical when advocating on their behalf in a school situation, or when obtaining a professional assessment or professional support.

Handouts and resources will be included to assist participants in organizing and prioritizing the information gathered in order to create their intervention or remediation plan. This will include examples based on Lorna’s students; both initial reports and subsequent records created as their “road maps for remediation” were followed.

Part 1: Reading, Writing and Spelling Models

Part 2: Gathering Information About a Child

Part 3: Informal Assessment of Reading Deficits

Part 4: Informal Assessment of Writing and Spelling Deficits

Part 5: Reading Profiles- Specific Word Reading Difficulties

Part 6: Reading Profiles: Specific Comprehension Difficulties

Part 7: Reading Profiles: Mixed Reading Difficulties

Part 8: Reading Profiles: Compensating Students

Part 9: Informal Report Writing: Tests Conducted

Part 10: Informal Report Writing; Test Results

Part 11: Interpretation of Results and Tutoring Plan

Part 12: Writing an Introduction and Executive Summary

Part 13: Using Your Report and Road Map for Remediation

Part 14: Monitoring Progress

Testimonials

This was an excellent webinar. Lorna shared practical and useful resources to assess students. She stuck to the topic and shared a wealth of information in a short period of time. I am looking forward to using the resources when assessing present and future students. - Liz, March 2019.

It was a very helpful webinar, well-organized with useful resources and Lorna was an easy to listen to speaker. - Nancy, March 2019.

I have attended both Lorna Wooldridge's webinars created for Orton-Gillingham Online Academy and both were perfect! I have learned so many new things about assessing reading, writing and spelling. I use these ideas during the assessments of my Greek dyslexic students! Thank you again Lorna for sharing with us all these wonderful and very useful resources! - Ιωάννα Δημητριάδου, April 2020.