If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Monday, January 18, 2016

The ‘American Storyteller’ to share his experiences at Dyslexia Today 2016 conference

One out of every five students has dyslexia, and Nelson Lauver just happened to be one. However, Lauver’s parents and teachers had no concept of what dyslexia was, so he went undiagnosed, struggling through school at around a second-grade reading level. Forced to pursue knowledge outside of the classroom, Lauver learned through observation of the people and the environment surrounding him, which would later serve him well in creating colorful stories. After high school he left the scholastic world for the more comfortable sphere of entrepreneurship starting several small businesses. In his late twenties, Lauver had an unexpected conversation that prompted him to be tested for dyslexia and finally was properly taught to read. In his effort to improve his writing skills, Lauver began composing stories from his memory of growing up in Pennsylvania and soon became famous for his narrated tales on the radio. His memoir Most UnLikely to Succeed gained critical acclaim, and he has since been a champion of literacy for all students.

Lauver will be the keynote speaker at Dyslexia Today 2016: Learning and Living with Dyslexia, sharing his story with those attending the conference held by the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Apart from the keynote address, Dyslexia Today will offer attendees learning disability-related exhibits and two break-out sessions on topics ranging from hands-on math training techniques to assistive technology demonstrations. In addition, Laughlin Children’s Center will be sponsoring an afternoon session on the principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. The conference program also will include the Gardner Award presentation and both breakfast and lunch. Dyslexia Today 2016 will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 9th, and is open to educators, parents and students.

To find a full list of session topics or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.pbida.org/conferences/pittsburgh-region-conference/.

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