Jennifer LaRosee



About Me

Hello!  My name is Jenn LaRosee, and I have been teaching special education for a total of 26 years, 23 here at AES.  I work with students in all grades in reading, writing, and math.  My passion is working with students with specific reading concerns, such as dyslexia.  I and several other staff members were trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach several years ago through the Orton Gillingham Online Academy, am a member of the International Dyslexia Association, national branch as well as the newly formed CT branch.  I was fortunate enough to attend the International Dyslexia Association's 2018 conference when it was held here in CT last October.  

I have included a number of links to various resources to share with you more information about reading disabilities, the Orton-Gillingham approach, and the science behind the need for structured reading. Please feel free to peruse these websites and contact me for more information.


The Literacy Nest  This website is one of my go-to resources for information.  It is run by an Orton-Gillingham practioner named Emily Gibbons.  She has a wealth of resources for both teachers and parents.  I highly recommend you check this out and read through her blog posts; if interested, you can also follow her on Facebook and sign up for her weekly emails.

Another page I follow is Ascend Learning Center.  They send out a weekly email and occasionally have free resources available.  You can also follow them on Facebook.

Perspectives on Language  This is the publication from the International Dyslexia Association.  It is full of excellent resources and information.  To subscribe, see IDA's homepage, International Dyslexia Association homepage.

There is a great deal of information in the news, in print, and on social media regarding how to teach reading.  How do you know what to trust?  Here are some research articles to help you make the best decisions:

Fordham Institute: Misdirection and self-interest

Emily Hanford - one of THE most talked about articles in the news this fall, this article clearly states how to, and how not to, teach reading to young students.

Bridging the gap between Science and Poor Reading

Science of Reading - this is a graphic, along with the bibliography to support the research, that illustrates the science behind the 5 areas of Reading Instruction.

Unbalanced Literacy

Structured Literacy - what is structured literacy and how does it differ from traditional literacy practices?

How can I learn more?

Here is a list, put together by the author of The Literacy Nest page (see link above), of some of the more highly recommended books on Amazon to read in order to learn more about structured reading and writing instruction.

Other areas of interest:

Audio Books, Yes or No?

The Reading Rope - inside this article is a well-known image that helps to illustrate the different pieces that play a role in reading and comprehending.