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Walking Through the IEP Process

Walking Through the IEP Process

Please join Decoding Dyslexia and Educational Therapy Center for “Walking Through the IEP Process” on Monday, April 30th from 6pm-7:30pm at Woodneath Library in KCMO. 6pm: Social time and snacks 6:3pm: Rand Hodgson Speaker Rand Hodgson works as a private advocate. His passion is helping parents navigate the IEP process for their children with various types of disabilities, including dyslexia and other learning disabilities. He will describe the process in parent friendly terms, but with the background data and required terminology to generate positive and fair outcomes for our children. Please share with others who would benefit from this information! If you have any questions please contact Julie Shaw at 816-591-0788! Please RSVP by text or call Julie at...
Unlocking Dyslexia

Unlocking Dyslexia

UNLOCKING DYSLEXIA WHEN: April 5-6, 2018 WHERE: Doubletree by Hilton Kansas City, Overland Park, KS Experience what it is like for a student with a learning disability in a classroom setting. Horizon Academy will provide a Learning Disability simulation. Participation spots are limited to 50 for an effective simulation experience, however, everyone is welcome to attend to observe and participate in the Q&A following. Please join us for networking, conversation, demystification and awareness. Participation is free, however, we appreciate any small donation you are able to provide. Donations help cover the cost of room rental. All additional proceeds go directly to assist with teacher training scholarships and student scholarships. Thank you. Click here to...
Joint Effort For Feline Friends

Joint Effort For Feline Friends

The Educational Therapy Center (ETC) is partnering with Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (FOPAS) to help homeless animals during this holiday season. ETC is hosting a cat/kitten adoption event at its location in the English Landing Shops, 171 English Landing Dr.,Suite 110, Parkville, MO 64152 on Saturday, December 9th and December 16th from 11:00am-3:00pm FOPAS has an unusually high number of kittens for this time of year (approximately 25), along with its usual houseful of loving, adult cats.  Stop by and give a pet a home for...
Making Sense of Dylsexia

Making Sense of Dylsexia

Join Lorrie Wolf, owner of Educational Therapy Center, and Michelle Berg Ph.D, the Director of the Center for Learning Disorders, for FREE “Making Sense of Dyslexia”, today, Thursday, Nov. 2nd from 6:30pm to 8pm at Johnson County Community College, Carlson Center #211, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66221. This is a FREE informational session about how to make sense of a dyslexia diagnosis, the testing, and the data. Both presenters are the original members of the International Dyslexia Association Kansas Missouri...
Learning the Rules for ai and ay

Learning the Rules for ai and ay

Have you ever wondered why we spell train and play differently? They both have the long ā sound. Like you, our parents at the center are eager to learn the same rules taught in the structured literacy program we use to remediate their children. Like you, they want to help their children. Unfortunately, many of us were never taught the rules of our language; we were supposed to learn them by memorization, exposure or intuition. One example from the recent past is a school spelling list a student brought to his tutor that had ai and ay words. She asked him what the rule was for these words. He looked puzzled and said, “The rule is I have to memorize them for the Friday spelling test.” The Orton-Gillingham Approach (O-G) tutor told the student that there is a rule for choosing ai or ay. He is to use “ai” in the beginning or middle of a base word and use “ay” at the end of a base word. Intellectually, this student understood that rule, but he could not apply consistently. The O-G tutor will also require a student to tell why he chose ai or ay for his spelling choice without just saying “it looks right.” Besides the spelling of those 20 words for his spelling test, the tutor also expects him to be able to spell the numerous other words with those two elements. But she will give him practice and review so this student has this rule for a lifetime. Are there exceptions? Always. But for more than 85% of the words, the rule — ai is...
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