Dyslexia Support

The Power of Speech to Text: A True Story

2019-06-26T14:35:53+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support|

Meet Sean Douglas, the founder and owner of The CodPast, a “fresh, contemporary resource for students and adults with dyslexia. Here’s a quick overview of his story. Growing Up: Had no support for his dyslexia throughout his life including his university years From 12 years old until at least 18 years old he never read a [...]

Executive Function (EF): Dr. Lynn Meltzer’s SMARTS Program Now Online!

2019-06-27T16:03:45+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support|

(Note:  I am not receiving any compensation for this post) Today I’m going to write about something that’s sort of pushed itself to the forefront of my mind lately–but I’ve been really mulling over this issue for quite some time.  As many of you know, developing and mastering executive functioning skills is really a major challenge for [...]

Children with Learning Problems: Empowering Parents

2019-06-27T16:06:20+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia Support, Parents|

  A woman posted in a forum recently that, as a young graduate student, she wanted to learn more about how to better advocate and communicate with the parents of her students.  Those of us who have been in that position truly understand what a delicate dance it is to empower parents when their children present [...]

The DSM-V, SLD and Dyslexia: A Fascinating, Frustrating Disservice

2019-06-27T16:10:44+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support, Parents|

In a Facebook posting about two weeks ago, Julya Johnson (nee Shane) asked me to comment on the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) diagnostic criteria for Specific Learning Disability and the mysterious relegation of the word dyslexia to an “alternative term.” It might make sense to start by explaining a [...]

Hyperlexia and Dyslexia: Phonologically Two Sides to the Same Coin?

2019-06-27T16:13:45+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support, Parents|

  Julya Shane, my friend from Decoding Dyslexia Tennessee and Learning Ally, asked me to write a bit about hyperlexia, whether there is a connection with dyslexia and whether/how hyperlexia is referenced in IDEA…SLD?  Fall under OHI?  SLP? So…here we go. What is Hyperlexia?  Darold Treffert, MD, has been studying people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder for [...]

Meet the Orton Gillingham Online Academy!

2019-06-27T16:17:58+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia Support, Parents|

It gives me great pleasure to share with you a little bit about my new partner, Marisa Bernard, founder and principal of the Orton Gillingham Online Academy.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have met her. Marisa is the personification of best practices in our field.  Yes, of course, she teaches the Orton Gillingham method which we all [...]

Pounding Away at Your School: What Do You Do When Your Cup Runneth Empty?

2019-06-27T16:20:09+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia, Dyslexia Support|

We all have a finite cup of resources when advocating for our children.  For many of us, it’s financial, but sometimes it’s emotional. We get so intensely focused on the fact that our schools should be experts and take proper care of our children that our laser focus distracts us from the bigger picture. We deplete [...]

Fear and Loathing: Another New School Year!

2019-06-27T16:23:40+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia Support, Parents|

Here we are in another school year and all the attendant sleepless nights, angst, anger, fear, sense of helplessness. It’s already been terrifying for many folks. So, how do we best prepare for the expected unexpected snafus?  By being proactive. Remember that one of the principal tenets of my program, Your Child Restored:  From Suffering to [...]

Reading Problems in First Grade: Early Intervention is Key

2019-06-28T02:08:46+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia Support, Parents|

I have a great example of what should be done when your first grader starts showing signs of struggling with reading acquisition. Actually, in this case, our young lady was showing some signs of reading problems last year but mom gave her a bit more time to see how first grade would start out. Early intervention [...]

Florida State’s Center for Reading Research is Awesome

2019-06-28T02:08:46+00:00By |Categories: Dyslexia Support|

Sometimes I do feel a bit like Don Quixote on one of his sort of surreal pastoral wanderings as I seek to figure out how to impact the literacy acquisition crisis we’re in. But I’ll keep banging away. Today I’m going to share a great resource from Florida State’s Center for Reading Research. Awesome. Now, when you [...]