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The New Hampshire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Serving: Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire

IDA Disclaimers 1.  The International Dyslexia Association supports efforts to provide individuals with dyslexia with appropriate instruction and to identify these individuals at an early age.  The Association believes that multisensory teaching and learning is the best approach currently available for those affected by dyslexia.  The Association, however, does not endorse any specific program, speaker, or instructional materials, noting that there are a number of such which present the critical components on instruction as defined by The Association's Board of Directors.  As the accreditation, initiative moves forward, the Association will, by virtue of its granting “accredited status,” be endorsing certain programs and materials.  2.  Articles, links, advertising, questions/answers, and book reviews, etc., that appear in the NHIDA website are not necessarily recommended or endorsed by IDA.
The New Hampshire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NHIDA)

is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy through appropriate treatment, remediation and education, well-informed professional outreach and scientifically based studies through research for dyslexic individuals, their families and the communities that support them. NHIDA’s mission is to serve as a local connection for the general public in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont as a gateway to the international community through the International Dyslexia Association regarding matters pertaining to individuals with dyslexia.  
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The International Dyslexia Association created a major document entitled Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. The document will serve as our guide in endorsing programs that prepare teachers of reading and/or programs that specialize in preparing teachers to work with students who have reading difficulties and disabilities. One of IDA's long term goals is to inform the public regarding the knowledge base required for skilled reading instruction.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Multisensory Matrix 

IDA has created a  Matrix of Multisensory Structured Language Programs that have a strong track records of clinical and classroom success. These programs differ in specific techniques and materials, but they all include structured, explicit, systematic, cumulative instruction designed to promote understanding, memory, recall, and use of spoken and written language. They also have multiple components, that focus on such areas of instruction as phonological skills, phonics and word analysis, spelling, word recognition and oral reading fluency, grammar and syntax, text comprehension, writing, and study skills. Effective programs vary in the extent to which they claim adherence to Orton-Gillingham practices: Some do claim this historical link and some do not. 

All of the programs in the Matrix vary, however, in the extent to which they have been included in scientifically conducted intervention studies.