For Parents

I am often asked about “where to start?” I think the best place is here. Do not wait any longer to get the help you or your child needs. Solutions can begin tomorrow! Remember, you are part of a great club. Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Patrick Demsey and Tim Tebow are some of the more famous members. But, there are also a lot of passionate people, smart researchers, and grassroots movements. Technology is on our side now and there are a lot of great things that are happening for the 20% that don’t fit the mainstream learning profile. That being said, knowledge is power. So, get educated. Here’s where I think you should start.

1. Join me and get the services you need to help struggling readers, spellers or hand-writers (if it’s all of the above, then you’re at the right place, too). I have a passion for this and I can help using research-based methods that work. I have been a teacher, administrator and a mom to 20% club member. I understand how to help children of all ages based on their strengths. My services come in a warm home-like atmosphere with plenty of wit and great teaching methods.

2. Read Dr. Sally Shaywitz’s book Overcoming Dyslexia. .

3. Get to know Ben Foss. Read his book The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan . Visit his website called Headstrong Nation. If you follow this link, you’re already there! He has wonderful-empowering stuff for everyone. One of my favorite things on his site is his IEP that template is shared by your child (recommended 8 years or older). If you want the short version of the book, Mr. Foss has a great TED Talk as well.

4. After you read or learn about both of them you’ll see that they offer 2 different perspectives. Generally they differ as Dr. Shaywitz wants you to focus on fixing deficits and Mr. Foss wants you to build on strengths (for the most part). I think there is room for both and that why I’m here, see #1.

5. Acknowledge the family. The fact is that learning struggles for one can affect the whole family. You might want more information about that so here’s a nice article.

6. Want more information about proven strategies, success stories, things that work, and just plain ‘ol good info?  Like The 20% Club on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest! We’ll provide regular education and inspiration. There are additional links for specific resources in our Strength & Resources section as well.  Someone else has also put together a site called Dysleixa, the first 100 days.  Here’s the link.

7. Unite. Take solace that there are lots of regular people who have similar stories. My husband and I are college-educated-middle-America-kind-of-people. Read our story if you’d like. It probably has some common elements to you and why you’re at this site and read all the way the #7 on this page.

8.  Change the world.  Become a member of Decoding Dyslexia.  All states have a chapter.  Their mission is to create a collective voice across the country with one mission – to improve awareness and educational resources for students with dyslexia.  Here’s the link to the MN site.  While you’re reading download this amazing resource that was just published by the MN Dept of Education, Navigating the School System When a Child Is Struggling With Reading or Dyslexia


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