Scottish Rite for Children offers seminars for Texas educators who are responsible for administering tests and performance measures and/or using the results to identify students with dyslexia and recommend placement. The seminars are based upon the laws, procedures and guidelines governing Texas public schools. The available seminars are The Special Education Opportunity and Identification of Dyslexia in the Young Child.
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The Special Education Opportunity
Scottish Rite for Children is offering a workshop for assessment professionals with graduate-level training and degrees in test administration and interpretation, including Educational Diagnosticians, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Licensed Professional Counselors
NOTE: No substitutions for registrants will be accepted without prior approval. Please call or email if you want to replace a registered person with another person.
The seminar will highlight:
- Assessment data gathering that would suggest the need to consider dyslexia
- Test instruments and the decision‐making process to more specifically evaluate the core features of dyslexia within the context of a full and individual evaluation
- Student profiles that require more in‐depth interpretation due to complications such as AD/HD
- How to communicate dyslexia information to parents: responding to frequently asked questions.
Topics in this series are offered by various experts in the Center for Dyslexia. Please go to our News & Events for currently available lectures.
Take Time to Read, a partnership between Scottish Rite for Children and the Grand Lodge of Texas, is a public awareness program that educates adults about the importance of reading to young children. The program began in 1999 and has helped Masons spread the word throughout Texas about the benefits of reading to children.
Take Time to Read gives Masons the opportunity to demonstrate their care for the future of Texas children. Since the program’s inception, the hospital and the Grand Lodge have worked together to develop and distribute Take Time to Read materials to lodges at no charge. Masons use the materials, such as posters, brochures, bookmarks and a handbook about how to implement Take Time to Read activities, to educate their communities about Scottish Rite for Children.
Reading experts agree that reading aloud to children may be one of the most important activities adults can do to prepare children for success in school. Reading aloud for as little as 10-20 minutes each day can provide tremendous benefits in helping children develop a better understanding and appreciation of language.
Benefits of reading to children include:
- Encouraging children’s imagination and inspiring creativity.
- Helping children develop good listening skills and expand their attention span.
- Preparing children for success in school.
- Helping children develop critical thinking skills.
- Creating a bond between adult and child.
Tips for reading to children:
- Take time to read to your child every day for at least 10 minutes.
- Establish a regular reading time.
- Make sure your special reading time isn’t interrupted. Your undivided attention is important to your child.
- Guide your child’s reading selection by choosing a variety of books you find appropriate. Allow your child to choose from this group.
- Talk about what you’re reading. Discuss the story to make sure your child understands the story and the words in the book.