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The Science of Reading Part 2: Developing Reading Skills

In this episode, Stacey Rickman explains the importance of targeted practice, scope and sequence, regular assessment and how these can be used to move educators from the current reactive intervention approach to literacy instruction to a model of prevention, where all students are taught the skills that result in proficient reading.

By |March 7th, 2022|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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The Science of Reading Part 1: The Five Pillars

In this episode, Stacey and Lawrence discuss the current state of literacy instruction in Ontario and Stacey introduces the five pillars of reading, the core skills necessary to become a skilled reader, that have emerged from decades of research. 

By |February 28th, 2022|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Managing Parent-Teacher Relationships

In this podcast, Kelli Cote shares her story about navigating the educational system, both as a parent of a child with LDs and as an educator who has worked with many families of students with LDs. She explains the importance of cultivating empathy and caring in educators who work with students with LDs so that they approach parent-teacher relationships with care and sensitivity.

By |July 24th, 2017|Categories: Educator Supports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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A Look Back and a Leap Forward: Three Students’ Perspectives on their Post-Secondary Transitions

n this special edition podcast, we’re going to look at what path these students took to get where they are today, what that transition looked like, the hurdles they’ve had to overcome, the successes they’ve had, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Their teacher, Jenessa Dworet, will also comment about the progress these three students have made and how her teaching style has changed since we last spoke to her two years ago.

By |July 24th, 2017|Categories: Transitions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Executive Functioning Explained: Recognizing, Understanding, Supporting

This podcast features a one-on-one interview with Dr. Marie-Josée Gendron, school and clinical psychologist, who discusses the various executive functioning skills, screening and identification considerations, and the relationship between executive functions and learning disabilities (LDs).

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Behind Enemy Lines: How THAT Student Became a Vice Principal

In this podcast, Michael Karras will frankly share with you his struggles and successes as a student, linked in part to his learning disability (LD) and ADHD, but also due to the type of teaching he received.

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: Dual Diagnosis, Self-Advocacy|Tags: , |0 Comments

How Assistive Technology Affects Self-Esteem

This TalkLD’s podcast features a one-on-one interview with Chad Downes, Assistive Technology Advisor at Amethyst Demonstration School, one of the provincial schools for students with severe learning disabilities (LDs), in London, Ontario. In this podcast, Chad discusses how students at Amethyst School use various types of assistive technology (AT) to become successful learners, which in turn has a positive impact on their self-esteem.

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Social and Emotional Development of Students with LDs

In this TalkLD podcast, we discuss social and emotional development. This podcast features a one-on-one interview with Dr. Judith Wiener, Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wiener shares her knowledge and perspective on the impact that educators and learning environments can have on the social and emotional development of students with learning disabilities (LDs) and their success in the classroom.

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The Journey to Becoming a Self-Advocate: Three Students’ Perspectives

This podcast features three students: A.J., Ava, and Mason who discuss their journeys with self-advocacy. This podcast is part two of a previously recorded interview between Lawrence and Jenessa Dworet, a Department Head of Special Education and Student Success at a high school in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), who shared her perspective on student self-advocacy.

By |May 14th, 2015|Categories: Self-Advocacy|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Supporting Students on their Self-Advocacy Journey

This podcast features a one-on-one interview with Jenessa Dworet, a Department Head of Special Education and Student Success at a high school in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), who shares her perspective on self-advocacy and how she encourages students she works with to become their own self-advocates.

By |April 24th, 2015|Categories: Self-Advocacy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments