Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty. Here we share some tips and strategies outlined by Dr. Michael Hart for fostering this capacity in our kids.

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Learn some strategies to use during the IEP process that ensures both the parents/guardians and the school are equal partners in the process to ensure your child has the best educational experience. Participants will learn ways to collect qualitative data (beyond test scores) prior to the meeting that can help describe the child's needs, decide if, when and how your child can participate in the process.

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The best way to dissolve the shame that can surround dyslexia is by identifying the fears both children and parents have that are related to it. Articulating or owning up to a fear is the first step toward eliminating it. Excerpt from “The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan” by Ben Foss.

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This simple dyslexia quiz is designed to detect whether you or your child fits the standard profile for dyslexia. The results will indicate how likely you or your child may be to have dyslexia, and we will provide ideas of what your next step should be, including the possibility that you or your child should have a professional evaluation.

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Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz from Yale demystify dyslexia by using neuroscience to explain why dyslexia occurs, how remediation helps, and what strengths go along with this brain-based learning difference. This book is the go-to guide for many parents, educators and professionals. 

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Deborah Lynam from the AIM Institute for Learning & Research for an informational webinar to help you understand IEP and 504 Plan annual reviews, get organized, stay organized and begin a plan of action to advocate and partner with your child’s school. In this webinar you will learn how to create a binder of important documents and materials to maintain control over the daunting task of meetings, notes, progress reports and more.

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The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Technology provides very practical how-to' articles for getting started with Livescribe, Dragon Naturally Speaking, speech-to-text, and choosing a tablet for your student.

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Tips for Reading Specialist and Tutors to get students who struggle to read due to a reading based learning difference like dyslexia. This month's tips include reading strategies for parents at home to continue the learning with Learning Ally Audiobook Solution.

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Terrie's Tips: Monthly tips to help reading specialist and tutors support students with a reading deficit. This tip provide insight into how audiobooks fits into the schematic of structured literacy.

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The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan is a practical guide that helps parents to help their child accept, understand and embrace their dyslexia. The book also speaks to a parent’s fear about the difficulties their child may encounter in the greater society. It’s unique in that it reframes dyslexia as a characteristic – a personal trait, much in the same way that blue eyes or stature is. Foss asserts that dyslexia should be accommodated in the same way that other disabilities are. The book references 3 types of reading: eye reading, ear reading and finger reading. While it’s true that most people eye read, other types of reading are in no way inferior. All types of reading are purely a way to acquire knowledge, not to synthesize it.  Foss highlights the current state of technology available to help dyslexics to read and write. He encourages parents to identify and leverage their child’s strength profile, to help their child to help themselves and create a community. Parents should focus on learning as a whole, rather than merely the ability to decode words.

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