Author Archives: Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Dyslexia: Oh, No You Didn’t…

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Go ahead, say this with a finger wag and a head bob and then fantasize about doing that during an IEP meeting. It’ll be fun. Ok, so I had a little fun with the title when thinking about all of the crazy things I have heard in IEPs lately and I wanted to make you smile and relieve some IEP stress; I could spend all my time lambasting people, but I thought it would be more productive if I used the comments as a springboard to describe what the underlying problem is when you hear these types of comments and how they help you advocate for a child with dyslexia (how is that for a run-on sentence I couldn’t figure out how to fix – Oh, no I didn’t).

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All About Dyslexia

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The Lowdown on Dyslexia was originally published here, but with new resources, new research, and even more detailed tips, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley updated the original work below.

All About Dyslexia

by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Every teacher in every classroom in every school in this country (and beyond) will come across several, if not dozens, of students who just can’t keep seem to get the ‘reading thing’ down. The students are smart, articulate, and creative, yet they omit small words, read slowly, have difficulty spelling, and stumble, guess or mumble through multisyllabic words. They are placed in reading groups for extra instruction and still don’t seem to ‘get it.’ And during his or her career, every teacher in every classroom in every school will ask themselves, “How can I help these children?” The answer is to learn as much as possible about dyslexia , because the child described above has dyslexia.

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Dyslexia and Facebook: 3,000 Facebook Fan Appreciation Giveaway

3000 LikesFacebook is a wonderful tool for reaching parents, advocates, colleagues, and those interested in learning more about dyslexia.  Thanks to our fans, the Dyslexia Training Institute’s Facebook page has reached 3,000 likes!

Why are we celebrating this milestone?  Because each person who we can reach through Facebook or any of our social media channels is one more person who now knows more about dyslexia than they did before.  We are using social media to spread the word, educate, and support those who are on the front lines of dyslexia advocacy with us.  3,000 likes is just the beginning.

Thanks for helping us spread the word about dyslexia and be sure to enter our celebration giveaway below!

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Dyslexia: The Parents that Got Away

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Do you want to know what keeps me up at night? No? Well, I am going to tell you anyway. It’s not my bills, my aches and pains, a good guest host on Saturday Night Live or even the excitement of an upcoming vacation. What keeps me up at night are the parents that come to my office, who tell me their story, trying their best to hold back tears, and who leave my office with the reality of their situation laid out before them and never come back. Continue reading