Understanding & Achieving

Students with dyslexia need to be identified early and receive appropriate instruction from a skilled educator who can help them make gains in reading and writing. Such accomplishments strengthen students’ beliefs in what they can achieve. Students, parents, and educators benefit from becoming knowledgeable about dyslexia, sharing that information with others, and even taking on advocacy roles.

Understood.org held a panel discussion called, “Dyslexia Understood: Research, Instruction and Awareness.” Top experts in the field of dyslexia, including Barbara Wilson, co-founder of Wilson Language Training®, discussed the latest developments in brain research and instructional methods, and addressed how those advances can help children and their families. To view the recording, click here.

To learn more about the components of systematic instruction necessary for these students to gain word-level mastery for decoding and spelling, read this article by Barbara Wilson: Teaching Total Word Structure: Systematic, Explicit, and Integrated Instruction in Phonology, Morphology, and Orthography.

The Common Core Standards and Students With Disabilities

As the Common Core State Standards and related assessments are implemented across the country, students with dyslexia and their families should know that a critical document highlights key issues related to students with disabilities and provides guidance to both parents and school staff who are assisting students with dyslexia. Please visit the International Dyslexia Association’s website to download the Fact Sheet on Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities, authored by Barbara Wilson.


In addition to learning from educators, there are many insightful advocacy organizations that may help parents and students learn more about dyslexia. Please visit our Resources page.