Mapping to the Core of Dyslexia: Mastering Phonological Processing and Rapid Automatic Naming with the CTOPP and RAN/RAS Tests


The Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP) and the Rapid Automatic Naming Test (RAN/RAS) are two of the simplest yet most powerful tests for pinpointing what is underlying reading problems. Whether you are a parent, clinical specialist or educator, understanding how to interpret these tests gives you powerful insight into how to build an effective roadmap for remediation.

Your Child Restored: From Suffering to Success The Emotional Process of Advocating for Your Child with Learning Issues


Your Child Restored: From Suffering to Success is a 5-part approach to help parents and caregivers protect their family's hearts and souls while creatively approaching the task of managing their child's needs. Discovering that your child has a learning problem can be very confusing, frustrating and often overwhelming. Many of us, even bright, highly functioning people really struggle with figuring out what to do. You DO NOT have to feel intimidated. You DO NOT have to feel ill prepared.

Interview with Dyslexic Emily West, Runner Up on America’s Got Talent


Emily has always been an artist. She learned early on that school was not going to be where she shone brightest. Her parents nurtured her creativity and in third grade, hearing Patsy Cline inspired Emily to be a singer. While Emily struggled in school, she refused to be defined by her dyslexia. In 2014, she was runner up on the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Watch Emily talk about overcoming her learning challenges to achieve extraordinary success!

Interview with Dr. Kelli Sandman Hurley About Her Book: Dyslexia Advocate!


Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She received her doctorate in literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. She is a certified special education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process.

How To Tell the Difference Between AD/HD and Dyslexia (Part 1)


Being able to differentiate between AD/HD and dyslexia is a critical skill for parents, specialists, tutors and educators. Because of what we now have confirmed through fMRI studies (brain studies), we know that each learning challenge must be treated differently...and effective planning is necessary whether your child or student is at school, home or with their tutor.

InferCabulary Pro: Awesome Mutisensory Digital Vocabulary Tool


I had the pleasure of interviewing Beth Lawrence, the co-creator of InferCabulary Pro, a very impressive educational software tool for vocabulary development.  It is well worth your time to learn more about what she and her partner, Deena Seifert, have created. Their approach to developing InferCabulary Pro reflects solid evidence-based research and includes many valuable features and functionalities such as: Accessible on any internet-connected device including computers, tablets and smart phones Benefits students from Grade One through Grade Twelve Can be used for one-on-one tutoring, [...]

Dyslexiaville! How Peggy Stern Helps Dyslexic Kids Thrive!


Listen to my delightful discussion with Academy Award-winning (and dyslexic) producter, Peggy Stern. In this recorded conversation, Peggy talks about her own experience with dyslexia, how that led her to create Dyslexiaville and all the amazing insights she's learning from her student actors!

Dyslexia Screening in Schools: Supporting Our Teachers By Doing it Right!


In this two hour course, you will learn best practices for both evaluation and implementation of an effective dyslexia screening process in your schools. Our goal is to offer a framework of data-based decision making for implementing a dyslexia screening process that will make your job easier.

Dyslexia Interventions In the Classroom: Choosing and Implementing Dyslexia Intervention Programs In the Classroom


This two hour course is a follow up from our previous course entitled Dyslexia Screening in Schools: Supporting Our Teachers By Doing it Right! In this course we will provide a clear "map" for selecting and implementing intervention programs based on the results of the universal screening process.

Deeper Dive: Oral Language Processing and the CELF-5


As parents, educators and specialists, understanding how to interpret test scores is a crucial component to being able to advocate for kids, to make informed decisions and ultimately create an effective roadmap for remediation. By understanding how to interpret test scores, you put yourself in the drivers seat to help your dyslexic child or student.

Basic Accommodations for Dyslexic Children


When you think about accommodations for dyslexic students, think of them as building bridges that will help the student lead with their strengths and bypass their weaknesses. This is as critically important as implementing the proper intensive, multisensory instructional strategies such as the Orton Gillingham approach.

Understanding the Bright Child with Dyslexia


Time: 35 Minutes Audience: Educators, Specialists Level: Introductory “Allowing children to fail, to think they’re ‘dumb,’ is no longer acceptable.” Sally Shaywitz, MD Far too often, bright children with dyslexia are misunderstood or become “invisible” in the classroom because, at lease in the early year, they are able to compensate by leveraging their substantial intelligence. Year after year, they fall further and further behind in the development of basic literacy skills because we get distracted by their strengths and completely miss why they’re struggling so [...]