Building Reading-Confidence - 19 min
CIGDEM KNEBEL, Founder of Simple Words Books - Decodable Chapter Books
When Cigdem Knebel struggled to find high-interest/low-level decodable chapter books a dyslexic child could painlessly read, she began to write one herself for her 7-year-old son. Cigdem's mission is to improve fluency, comprehension, and most importantly, reading-confidence of children with dyslexia. She believes that all children love to read. This is no different for children with dyslexia; they just need to find that right book for them. And Simple Words Books aspire to be those books.
Cigdem TALKED ABOUT:
- What is dyslexia? what is reading?
- How does the brain read? Differences between a dyslexic and a non-dyslexic brain
- Decoding - Why is English so difficult to read?
- Fluency and Comprehension
- Building reading confidence & Decodable Chapter Books
The Journey Begins - 57 min
MARIA TOGLIA, Certified School Psychologist
Maria worked for years as an outpatient therapist with children, adolescents and families. for the past ten years she has been a school psychologist working with students in early intervention through grade 12. As a parent of a child with a learning disability & ADHD, Maria not only has professional experience working on behalf of students and their families, but brings the perspective that comes with watching one’s own child struggle, advocating for him and supporting him through the educational process. Maria has a MS Degree in Clinical Child PsychologY and IS A certified as a School Psychologist.
Maria talked about:
- What is dyslexia, signs of dyslexia
- diagnosis/classifications: What, who, how, where, Benefits of early intervention
- Advocating for your child in the school system
- Is Dyslexia a label? IF and How to discuss dyslexia with your child
- Dyslexia: Learning disability vs learning difference
- Interventions: multisensory/OG based instructions
- How to get continued support when the child begins doing well
Navigating Through the School System - 59 min
NANCY DUGGAN, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia MA
Nancy is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts, She participates in DD activities nationally as part of the leadership network of Decoding Dyslexia. She has a Masters degree in counseling and is a licensed school counselor, trained reading specialist including the Orton-Gillingham Method, and a professional member of the International Dyslexia Association. She is on the Advisory Group for the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction and represents DD in the Coalition for Reading Excellence. She has done professional development programs in both dyslexia or differentiated instruction in many states including Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Utah and New Mexico.
Nancy talked about:
- What is dyslexia, Definition of reading by Congress (IDEA law)
- Essential components of reading by Congress - explicit and systemic instruction
- Building foundational reading skills, decoding, fluency, comprehension
- IEP meetings, development of strategies and skills
- How to figure out if the teachers have the right training to meet your child's needs
- What if your child's school does not recognize "dyslexia"
- How to ask for the right support for your child
-Evidence-based methodology vs reading products.
How Retained Primitive Reflexes Affect Brain Functioning - 57 min
KATHY JOHNSON, MS Ed & Founder of Potential of Pyramid
KATHY WORKS WITH CHILDREN TO HELP OVERCOME RELATED TO SCHOOL STRUGGLES AND IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTIONING. SHE TRAINS AND WORKS WITH PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS WITH KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES USING THE PYRAMID OF POTENTIAL SYSTEM.
Kathy talked about:
- What are primitive reflexes (PR), effects of retained PR and how to integrate PR
- Moro (Startle or Embrace) Reflex
- Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR)
- Spinal Galant Reflex
- Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)
- Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)
- Palmar (Grasp) Reflex
How To Build Your Child’s Self Esteem Even If The School Is Tearing It Down - 38 min
ELISHEVA SCHWARTZ, Dyslexia Researcher & Founder of The Dyslexia Quest Podcast
Elisheva is a dyslexia researcher, mother, wife, intelligence re-difiner and podcast host. She’s on a mission to decode the dyslexic mind and empower parents of kids with dyslexia to fully understand the strengths and difficulties with concrete tools to support and unleash the potential of their children. hER academic background in Cognitive Science & Education and her personal experiences with dyslexia allows Elisheva to bring a unique perspecitve.
Elisheva talked about:
- building blocks of self-esteem & self-efficacy, tools to support and grow self-esteem
- How to connect vs control
- Self-compassion, growth mindset, Mindfulness
- Elisheva's personal journey with dyslexia
- Discussing dyslexia with the child
Healthy Living - 24 min
KATIE YEVMENOVA, Health & Wellness Educator, Co-founder of Abundant Mamas