CDI Resource Spotlight
The California Dyslexia Initiative (CDI) is dedicated to sharing free, vetted resources to advance the understanding of dyslexia. CDI highlights resources and additional repositories of information each month that support professional learning, provide screeners and assessments to identify students at risk for dyslexia, and help educators effectively teach struggling readers and students with dyslexia.
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In this article, Dr. Michael Ryan discusses the social and emotional impacts of dyslexia. Dr. Michael Ryan is a psychologist and the past president of the Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. This article is housed on the LD Online website.
Screeners and Assessments
The Executive Skills Questionnaire (ESQ-R) is a brief online, self-report assessment instrument that students complete to help them (and their teachers or coaches) understand their executive skill strengths and challenges, including planning, time management, organization, emotional control and response inhibition. It is a modified version of the ESQ developed by Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare and described in a number of their books on executive skills (e.g., Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens).
Instruction and Intervention
The Social Thinking website hosts free digital resources, articles, and videos for use at home or at school to promote positive social emotional learning and executive function skills for students and adults. Michelle Garcia Winner is the Founder and CEO of SocialThinking.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): Fundamentals of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) website offers evidence-based SEL resources. These resources foster knowledge, skills, and attitudes across five areas of social and emotional competence. CASEL’s SEL framework, known to many as the “CASEL wheel,” helps cultivate skills and environments that advance students’ learning and development.