2017 Fall Parents Dyslexia Summit: A collection of experts taking you from symptoms of dyslexia to diagnosis, IEP, building reading confidence and self-confidence to more non-traditional approaches. A free online event that you can join at your own timeline. 

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

simplewordsbooks.com


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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


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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. 

decodingdyslexiama.org


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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

pyramidofpotential.com


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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

Elishevaschwartz.com


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Healthy Living - 24 min

KATIE YEVMENOVAHealth & Wellness Educator, Co-founder of Abundant Mamas

KATIE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN UKRAINE WHERE HOLISTIC AND NATURAL WAY OF LIFE IS PREDOMINANT. AFTER MOVING TO THE US, SHE REALIZED THAT HEALTHY DIET AND NATURAL LIVING IS A BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO RAISING HEALTHY FAMILIES. SHE HAS CO-FOUNDED A LEARNING COMMUNITY FOR YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OIL MEMBERS, WHERE SHE EDUCATES FAMILIES HOW TO INCORPORATE ESSENTIAL OILS IN DAILY LIVES.

Katie talked about:
- functional and emotional sides of the brain
- effects of diet, sleep, mediation, exercise and essential oils

ABUNDANTMAMAS.COM