WABIDA - Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Washington State Branch

Serving: Washington, Idaho and Western Montana


WABIDA Fall Conference October 22, 2016
Summer Reading: Development, Difficulties, and Interventions 

Featuring: Dr. Joanna Christodoulou
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Summary of the presentation: 

The loss of reading skills during the summer months is referred to as summer slide, slump, or regression. There is wide acknowledgement of the potential for summer slide and the importance of summer literacy activities. A growing body of evidence has identified risk factors for summer slide and strategies for minimizing or eliminating reading skill regression. In this presentation, we will review evidence describing the nature of summer slide among school-age students. We will evaluate summer reading growth from several perspectives, including socioeconomic status, reading ability and diagnostic status.  We will review strategies for preventing, minimizing, or reversing summer slide in at-risk readers. We will identify the existing gaps in our understanding of the nature of summer reading growth and the relation to activities and reading competency.

Dr. Joanna Christodoulou leads the Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Team to study the brain and behavior links underlying reading development and difficulty. Current research focuses on reading intervention and summer reading growth. She was awarded the 2014 award for Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award from the Learning & the Brain Foundation and the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and was invited to join the first White House Workshop on Neuroscience and Learning.

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