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Christina and Wendy
October also shines a light with bringing awareness to Dyslexia. We wanted to share resources for yourself, for your family, and for your child’s school. Awareness creates understanding which then empowers those around us to be able to see the struggles our children experience. We are then better equipped to help and teach them in a way they can be successful.
One terrific resource is the International Dyslexia Association:
Read here to find out common signs and symptoms of Dyslexia starting from preschool-high school:
Click here to experience how a child is dealing with a learning or attention difficulty:
Of course, we feel that all children benefit from being taught as if they have Dyslexia. If you’re interested in hearing more about Orton-Gillingham or a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading, please contact us at email@example.com. Read below for an interesting article on how all children benefit:
Some research on how a Dyslexic brain works:
20 Things parents of children with Dyslexia would understand:
Dyslexia in the general education classroom:
Different types of Dyslexia:
Dyslexia and the law. Can my child receive an IEP, 504 plan, or accommodations? (Hint: Dyslexia is considered a learning disability, which is recognized in schools) :
An excellent book on Dyslexia:
Frequently asked questions:
From Learning Disabilitlies Association of America:
Question and answer session on the benefits of having Dyslexia:
Christina tutors students of all ages with Dyslexia and learning disabilities using Orton-Gillingham. If interested in more details, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christina and Wendy
October is awareness month for ADHD. We wanted to share some resources for understanding ADHD whether it’s for yourself, for you to share with family members, or with your child’s school. Having awareness and understanding is the first step in helping a child.
Read here for understanding symptoms of ADHD:
Here it uncovers myths and misunderstandings about ADHD:
The Science of ADHD:
ADHD and Advocacy:
Can your child with ADHD receive an IEP or a 504 plan?
For an excellent magazine on ADD, check out ADDitude:
The three types of ADHD:
A fabulous website for information on learning and attention:
A quick one minute video summarizing ADHD:
If you have questions about where to start or how to continue on your journey with ADD/ADHD, our door is always open! Please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Christina and Wendy
Please visit ADDitude’s website for more truths about ADHD. https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-is-not-fake/
I recently read a parenting article talking about how, as a mom, I should stop doing certain things for my kids. I liked the article and may have even shared it. As I thought of two of my children while reading it, I said, “Yes! Of course that makes so much sense”. But as I thought of my third child I felt my hesitation about the advice I received. Most of that advice would NEVER work for him because he needs to be taught in a systematic and cognitive way specific skills that other kids learn intuitively. For example, although many middle schoolers are messy, my middle schooler is messy and unorganized. However, he has a desire to be tidy and organized. The more I allow him to learn from his mistakes of unorganization, the more frustrated he gets which results in the more unorganized he gets. Eventually, he gives up all hope of ever being organized and this unorganization carries over from his binder, to his room, then his brain, and finally his emotions. It will affect him in every way. But if I (or another adult) offer an organizational method in a slow and systematic way, he learns it. Once he learns it without prompting or cues, he uses it. And while it may not be the way I envisioned it in my head, he uses it in a way that makes sense to him. Now he is ready to learn from the mistake of not using it. This process can take a week, a month, a quarter, or even a full year. No matter how long it takes, it’s important to realize what skills we can step away from and which ones need to be taught slowly and systematically which will give our children chances for more success.
Communication between you and your child’s school is a key piece to building a working relationship. As you strengthen communication, your meetings often run more smoothly. Please join us on Wednesday, October 4th from 12:00-1:00 as we discuss effective communication techniques. Some of the topics we will discuss are: what to include in your email communication; how to know who to include in your email; how do you clearly state your intent; and how to organize and keep track of your communications.
This class is created from questions that we receive on a daily basis. It will provide you with useful tools that you can incorporate throughout the school year.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming!
Christina and Wendy
My Orton-Gillingham bag is full of fantastic resources and tools to help a child read. It is quite heavy! I was looking for a large bag that would zip close. I decided on this bag from Lands End because of the pockets on the inside and the heavy fabric.
Sitting right inside is my double blending board. I found this one on Etsy. It’s made in Colorado using blue stain pine. Love it as much as i do? Check out their Etsy site here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/245551667/18-single-blending-board-with-blue-stain?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=blending%20board&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=f08b7dba599f0db574d5a0464f6715fba28101e6:245551667
I have two sets of the OG card packs. These are used during each session to review sounds, teach new sounds, and practice how they are spelled. We than practice how to blend the sounds together on the board.
I found two perfectly sized containers at Target to hold my red and green crayons. You can buy just red or green crayons straight from amazon. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=red+crayons
I have this little 31 tote bag inside that holds different sized sticky notes as well as extra colored index cards. It’s important to be able to find what I need quickly in my bag when working with a child.
Those colored index cards make the vowel tents. This is where we practice the open and closed sounds of the vowels not only in isolation but in words as well.
Flip those vowel tents inside out, prop them back up and you have the different sounds that -ed makes.
I love a good notebook! 🙂 I have a notebook for everything! Here is where I can quickly take notes on each student and later write it in their individual file.
No OG is complete without their multi-sensory sand. It has two different colors with two different grains. When we pour it on a paper plate and the student spells the sound, the color pops through.
Here’s where the inside pockets of my large bag come in handy. I have three small containers. One for glue sticks and tape, one for vowel intensive craft sticks, and one for highlighters and pens. I also have individual pouches of pencils and my scissors.
An important tool is the Recipe for Reading book. It has letter sounds, vowel digraphs, consonant blends, and spelling rules in a sequential cumulative order.
Another 31 bag that I previously had sits at the bottom of my bag with all of my file folders. I have an individual file folder for each student, assessments, literacy connection pieces, phonological awareness activities, encoding and decoding tools.
This is a wonderful tool for encoding phonetic words.
For decoding new words, students learn the different syllable division patterns. I personally love this activity. 🙂 The composition notebook is cut in half. After the student completes a decoding activity through syllable division, she/he glues it into their notebook to create an interactive colorful notebook with the syllable division rule. We also add vocabulary meanings when necessary. We use the highlighters here which not only makes it colorful but easy to locate the individual rules.
I stapled my baggies of felt to the inside of my Elkonin Boxes folders for students who need extra practice with Phonological Awareness.
This Phonological Awareness book creates practice of skills through fun and engaging games.
A file folder with everything I need to teach a new red word.
Another important piece is strengthening vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. I have books and folders of reading passages that align with the lesson being learned that specifically work on each of those three areas. I also have a file folder of different levels of reader’s theater for students to practice reading.
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If you’re interested in OG tutoring, or hearing more about Orton-Gillingham, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com. Please put OG Tutoring in the subject line.
We have a new heading on our website for employment opportunities! If you love making connections with families and helping children, please check out our open positions and send us your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to grow our team!
Wendy and Christina
It’s SUMMER TIME! Let us help you implement the concepts you and your child have been working on during our group sessions IRL (in real life). These include flexible thinking, identifying expected versus unexpected behaviors, making social observations, self-monitoring and SO MUCH MORE! See below for dates, times, and places! The cost for each session is $90. Some locations have additional costs.
June 14, 2017 Frank Liske Park 10:00-12:00
June 28, 2017 Discovery Place 10:00-12:00
(additional cost- admission $13/child, $17/adult)
July 12, 2017 Spare Time 10:00-12:00
(additional cost- cost of bowling $8.99 plus shoe rental)
July 26, 2017 Freedom Park 10:00-12:00
August 9, 2017 Imaginon 10-11
Fuel Pizza 11-12 (additional cost- cost of food)
10:00- 10:20 Wendy meets with the children for a mini-lesson. Christina will meet with the parents/caregiver to go over the same information.
10:20-11:00 Wendy and Christina work with the children and model skills for parents.
11:00-12:00 We will offer guidance and support to parents/caregivers as they enable their children with learned concepts.
Babysitters, grandparents, siblings welcome!
To register, please fill out the following registration form and e-mail it back to us registration-for-summer-sessions-2017
No more than 6 children per session. At least 3 required per session.
Please e-mail us with any specific questions to email@example.com.
Christina and Wendy
Child Find is a legal requirement that schools “find” children (ages birth through 21) with disabilities who may need special education services. If the school knows or suspects a child has a disability then, according to the law, it must agree to evaluations. Here are some excellent resources detailing Child Find:
Christina and Wendy
Good Morning! Registration for our next sessions of social skills classes are open for one more week. Classes begin this coming Sunday! For details, please click here Registration for Social Skills Classes Feb.26-April 2
Questions about our classes? Send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We love connecting with you!
Christina and Wendy