Step 2:

Understanding Dyslexia

If you suspect your child has a learning difficulty, it can be overwhelming! Rest assured, you're not alone. If you want to know more about dyslexia, this page is for you!

Where Do I Start?

It's hard enough watching your child struggle to read. And it's worrisome realizing that they may have dyslexia. But it's downright overwhelming knowing how to help them!


There are a ton of books about dyslexia. But which ones are science-based and actually worth spending hours and hours reading?


There are an abundance of reading programs. But the last one you tried wasn't working so well, so why should any of these be different?


And, of course, there are quite a few well-meaning voices in your ear telling you that dyslexia doesn't even exist. But you know in your heart that your child is not simply lazy or stubborn. So what do you do?


If you've taken the Screening Quiz in Step 1 and noticed that your child has many dyslexia-like behaviors, it's time to move on to the next step. It's time to understand dyslexia!


I've spent years reading every book, watching every video, and researching every dyslexia-friendly program I could get my hands on. The lessons below are a summary of my findings. If you take the time to watch them, these courses will give you a big head start on helping your child learn to overcome their challenges and harness their strengths.


Work through the resources on this page, and understand what dyslexia is (and isn't!). Then go to Step 3: Planning For Dyslexia, and we'll discuss how to implement this knowledge in your homeschool.

Free Parent Equipping Courses

I. A Quick-Start Guide To Dyslexia

This is the course every parent of a dyslexic child should start with. 

I'll take years of research and experience and boil it all down to the most essential things you need to know about dyslexia and how to understand and appreciate dyslexia's challenges & strengths.


UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA STARTS HERE

There are so many things to understand about dyslexia: 

  • What causes reading problems in otherwise typically developing children?
  • Is dyslexia a made-up idea to excuse laziness?
  • If dyslexia is real, what does it mean for students who struggle with it?
  • Can dyslexia be cured?
  • How is dyslexia transmitted? Is it genetic?
  • Lots of famous people are dyslexic. Does that mean there are strengths associated from this "learning disability"?
  • Does a parent need to be a special education reading instructor in order to teach a child with dyslexia?
  • What are the best resources for teaching a child with dyslexia?
  • Do some kids just "take a long time" to read?

The answer to the last question is NO! So if your child is struggling to read, watch A Quick Start Guide To Dyslexia. It answers all of these questions and puts you on the path to helping your child.

THEN DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING

OF DYSLEXIA WITH THESE COURSES

II. Dyslexia & Its

Challenges

What can brain imagining tell us about dyslexia & its remedies?

I don't have to tell you that dyslexics have trouble reading. But why? Are they just lazy? Let's see what modern science tells us in the groundbreaking book: Overcoming Dyslexia, by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.


III. Dyslexia & Its

Strengths

Are there really strengths associated with dyslexia?

According to Drs. Brock & Fernette Eide, the answer is YES! They have identified 4 main areas of strengths dyslexics often have. We'll examine those strengths outlined in their book, The Dyslexic Advantage.


IV. Diagnosing

Dyslexia

Do you need a professional diagnosis for dyslexia?

As I stated in Step 1, obtaining a professional diagnosis for dyslexia is expensive but probably necessary. This course takes a deep dive into the why, who, when, and how of this (often) confusing process.


Resources Used In Equipping Courses

Overcoming Dyslexia

By Sally Shaywitz, M.D.


It's not overstating the matter to call this book "groundbreaking."


Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention, explains the impact of brain imagining on understanding how human beings read. This has revolutionized our understanding of how good readers learn to read and why dyslexic thinkers cannot learn as easily. 


We'll discuss large sections of this book in the course:

 

II. DYSLEXIA & ITS CHALLENGES

The Dyslexic Advantage,

By Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A.

and Fernette F. Eide, M.D.


After many years of evaluating children for dyslexia, the Drs. Eide started to notice something interesting. Yes, most of these kids displayed similar deficiencies in reading, writing, and spelling. But they shared other things too: tremendous strengths in creative thinking and application.


Eventually, they grouped these strengths into 4 main categories: Material Reasoning, Interdisciplinary Reasoning, Narrative Reasoning, and Dynamic Reasoning.


We'll discuss the 4 dyslexic strengths outlined in this book in the course:

 

III. DYSLEXIA & ITS STRENGTHS

If you've gone through the training videos, you're ready to start implementing this information in your homeschool. Move on to Step 3, and I'll show you what I do.

Ready For Step 3: Planning For Dyslexia?

If you haven't taken the screening yet, or want to take it for another child? Now is a good time. It only takes a few minutes, so hit the button and get started.

Looking For The Dyslexia Screening Quiz?

If you haven't taken the screening yet, or want to take it for another child? Now is a good time. It only takes a few minutes, so hit the button and get started.

If you've gone through the training videos, you're ready to start implementing this information in your homeschool. Move on to Step 3, and I'll show you what I do.

I want to hear from you! What questions do you have? Are there courses you want me to make? 


Comment below about anything you'd like & I'll get back to you!


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