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Making Sense of the Signal
Making Sense of the Signal
Kim Papastavridis, Director of Language and Literacy

Highlights from the International Dyslexia Association Conference.

I recently attended the annual International Dyslexia Association Conference in Atlanta. Expert researchers emphasized several areas that are of key importance to students who have language learning disabilities like dyslexia.


  1. Parts of Words – You can slice and dice a word in many ways: by its sounds (phonemes); letters (phonology); prefixes/suffixes, bases and roots (morphology).
  2. Vocabulary – word origins, meanings, usage, and forms! A large vocabulary is the hallmark of a flexible, educated thinker. It is an essential tool for both understanding and writing.
  3. Syntax – Some sentences are easy to understand and some are harder. Sentence length and variety increase in textbooks as students get older. Sentence variety is also a key component of mature writing.

At The Howard School, our goal is to address word parts, words and sentences areas at every age level! Literacy specialists and speech language pathologists work with students and teachers to make sure every student is surrounded by the components of language, presented at the appropriate developmental levels. Students also learn tools and strategies for word investigation and sentence comprehension, so that they know what to do when they are stuck.

We foster students who "know their way around" language. Keep the conversations flowing with your child and watch them continue to grow.

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