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Maria del Carmen Serrano

dyslexia intervention specialist Galena Park, ISD | United States

"Give back, create change, and build a better future. Each of us can make a difference”

Bachelor in Graphic Design, Elementary Self-Contained (PK-6), Bilingual-ESL, Spanish (PK-12), Mentor Technology Teacher & Presenter

Maria attended the Universidad Iberoamericana and graduated as a graphic designer in 2000 with the thesis: “Tipography in Urban Exteriors”. This same year, she was hired as a kindergarten bilingual teacher in Houston, TX and worked for six years with early childhood learners by teaching them how to read and write in English and in Spanish in a self-contained environment.

Tipographic concepts have been very close to her heart since she has had the opportunity to expose her students to different types of illustrational techniques and types of fonts in the books we have the pleasure to read. In our daily work, “phonemes”, represented by the alphabet, were integral parts of our lessons.

During these years Maria had the opportunity to explore different teaching techniques as well as develop several research investigations that were grant winners and were presented in different conferences such as: KTOT (Kindergarten Teachers of Texas), Region IV Bilingual/ESL Conference (2004), Multi sensory Activities to reinforce grammar syllables C,S,Z (2005) , Integrating concepts of Symmetry and Fractions in Kindergarten (2006) this conferences were held in the Early Childhood Winter Conference and in the Harris County Department of Education. The most recent presentation was “Factors to consider during the process of learning to read: Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrom” (2007, 2008)

After school programs havde given her the opportunity to teach English, Spanish and technology to the parents of her students working with the Consulado de México in Houston as an adult English/Spanish literacy teacher. Three years ago, she entered into the world of dyslexia and started working with bilingual students (English and Spanish) She has been using different educational approaches such as: Niehaus Method – DIP dyslexia intervention program, Esperanza, Estrellitas, Reading Readiness Academy and has obtained the certification to be a Certified Irlen Screener. Maria is a member of IDA, the International Dyslexia Association.

Presentation details

Factors to consider during the process of learning to read
Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome

Session 20 | Room Anahuac room 1
Friday 30 October | 12:00 – 12:40

Duration: 40 minutes

This presentation considers the relevance of typography in developing optimal legibility and readability in the implementation of remedial reading programs bespoke for students with dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome. Addresses difficulties and inconsistencies implied in the reading process that were found based on testing data batteries applied to students in the process of second language acquisition: ESL and bilingual learners (English and Spanish) as well as native English speakers with dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome or both. Dyslexic readers rely on recalling the visual shape due to poor phonological awareness. Activation in a left hemisphere neural network, essential for reading, occurs during the use of these programs.

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