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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... read more
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... read more
Are Teachers Receiving Adequate Professional Training?

Are Teachers Receiving Adequate Professional Training?

Recently, the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators published a newsletter with an article on page 9 by a trained educator. Her story is also one I have heard often about the lack of adequate professional training—and the author was a special education teacher. Here is an excerpt from the article, How Orton-Gillingham Turned my Career Upside Down, by Mary-Elizabeth Langston, M.A., A/AOGPE. Ms. Langston writes: Here I was, an eager and energetic new educator, filled with current special education knowledge and hard-won experience. I was fresh from graduate school and was in my internship at the county’s most economically disadvantaged elementary school, and no one had ever used the term “dyslexia.” It was not in my vocabulary. I had no actual understanding of what it meant, and I had not met one educator who even referenced dyslexia in the countless IEP and support meetings I had attended…I spent five years as a special education teacher writing IEPs and providing both push-in and pull-out services to elementary students all day long, never truly realizing the specialized instruction my students with dyslexia needed to be successful. I am convinced that, in general, teachers want what is best for their students. Sometimes, these professionals just don’t know what they don’t know. – Lorrie Wolf, Owner & Director of Educational Therapy... read more
Dyslexia and the Status Quo

Dyslexia and the Status Quo

Parents are always asking me great questions about their students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Most recently, a parent asked how her child’s teacher could know nothing about dyslexia. I hear this question all the time as the Director of the Educational Therapy Center. This justifiably frustrated parent reported that her child’s teacher felt that her son, with a documented diagnosis of dyslexia, just needed the right kind of book. Coincidently, I’d just had a conversation with a delightful retired teacher, who told me she had never had a student with dyslexia. And yet, research shows that one in five people is dyslexic. These are examples of well-meaning teachers without the right training and children (20% of the students in these classrooms) not getting the right type of instruction. In Missouri, there is legislation pushing for two hours of training for teachers on the topic of dyslexia. This would be a nice start, but it is only going to give educators the tip of the iceberg on how to bring the dyslexics of the world to their full potential. Anyone else frustrated with the status quo? – Lorrie Wolf, Owner & Director of Educational Therapy... read more
Dyslexia Dash – Kansas City 2017

Dyslexia Dash – Kansas City 2017

On October 1, 2017 join us at the Dyslexia Dash as we look to “Make America Read Again”. This family friendly 5K walk/run will take place at English Landing Park. Come walk at your leisure and connect with others in the dyslexia community or run for your best time! We will have music, information booths, snacks and fun! Click here to learn more & register: https://register.enter2run.com/Race/MO/Parkville/DyslexiaDashKC   Educational Therapy Center now has a team for the Dyslexia Dash 5k on October 1st! Feel free to join our team or contribute to our team here:... read more
Making Sense of Dyslexia Event

Making Sense of Dyslexia Event

REGISTER at ksmo.dyslexiaida.org Or eventbrite search “KSMO IDA Making Sense of Dyslexia” • Full day Friday: $125 • Full day IDA Member Discount: $115 • Early Bird Discount prior to March 31st o $100 (non IDA member) o $90 (for IDA Member) • Students with valid ID: $50 *certificate of attendance will be provided Thursday: “Dessert and Dislecksia” Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per child under the age of 18 Complimentary with full day conference fee 5:30: Reception and registration Dessert and access to vendor area included with movie ticket 6:30: Dislecksia: The Movie By Emmy Award winning director, Harvey Hubbell, V 8 p.m. Panel Discussion Panel: Marcia Henry, an adult dyslexic, public school teachers Friday: Full Day conference 8:15 a.m.: Friday Registration and complimentary Continental Breakfast See the flyer for more... read more
House Committee Hearing Notice – Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia

House Committee Hearing Notice – Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia

Lorrie Wolf, Director and Owner at Educational Therapy Center, is serving on the MO Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia.  If anyone is interested in more information on the hearings, please contact the ETC. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9am in House Hearing Room 7- Will be hearing public testimonies on screening, classroom support and professional development. On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8am in House Hearing Room 7 – Will be discussing recommendations.... read more
IDA’s Free Webinar Series

IDA’s Free Webinar Series

IDA is offering a webinar series to empower educational professionals and families with knowledge and resources to address the instructional needs of students who have dyslexia and other learning differences. Click here to read... read more
Doughnuts & Dyslexia

Doughnuts & Dyslexia

Come join us for Doughnuts and Dyslexia on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9am to 11am at Educational Therapy Center – 171 English Landing, Suite 110, Parkville, MO 64152. Learn more about dyslexia – its challenge and its triumphs and the steps to maximize potential. There will be a panel discussion with dyslexics of various ages. Sponsored by KS/MO IDA and Decoding Dyslexia- MO Questions? Call... read more
Ben Foss is a Successful Dyslexic

Ben Foss is a Successful Dyslexic

Ben Foss is a successful dyslexic and here is his YouTube video on not hiding in shame because of dyslexia. Ben also started a group/website called Headstrong Nation.  Below is the link for surveys of strengths and attitudes.... read more
Step Up Your Writing

Step Up Your Writing

The Educational Therapy Center is offering a summer writing camp during two different months. Four days of small group sessions will focus on improving writing skills. There are two different sessions to choose from or come to both as each will be a bit different. As always at the Educational Therapy Center, multisensory presentations will take the steps from the simplest to the most complex:  Brainstorming and organizing ideas  Visualizing and then expressing your ideas  Writing good sentences that follow the mechanics of grammar and punctuation.  Recognition of parts of speech and their relationships in a good sentence.  Writing games and other fun activities will be part of the sessions.  Organizing for paragraph writing and more. All students must be rising to the 3rd grade or higher. Smaller groupings will be based on abilities and ages. There must be a minimum of four students to hold each session of this camp with a limit of 10. The cost of the writing camp is $200 per student. There is a $50 deposit due at sign-up to hold a slot. The balance is due by June 8 or July 20th. A cancellation made before 30 days prior to the camp will receive a 50% refund of the deposit. Current or former students enrolled at the Educational Therapy Center will be given a 10% discount. Anyone signing up for both sessions will also get a 10% discount. Friends and appropriately aged siblings of Educational Therapy Center students are also welcome. Monday through Thursday, 12:30pm to 3pm June 15-18, 2015 or August 3-6, 2015 Click here to... read more

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