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Episode #6 – What You Need to Know About Living with Dyslexia

Today I’m talking with Kathleen from Dyslexic Labs about her experience growing up and living with Dyslexia. Kathleen shares about her own personal struggle with dyslexia, some of the benefits of having dyslexia and living with dyslexia, and so much more!

Here’s the Highlights

(1:30) Meet my guest Kathleen! She created Dyslexic Labs to support and encourage parents of children with Dyslexia and other dyslexics. Find out when she was diagnosed and what her journey through early elementary school was like.

(4:15) Learn what it feels like for a dyslexic to be asked to read aloud.

(5:25) Dyslexia is genetic. Kathleen shares the figures on the chances a child of a dyslexic will also have dyslexia.

(7:20) Find out how a private reading tutor helped Kathleen and what it was like to attend a private school for dyslexics.

(8:55) The advice Kathleen wishes she had heard when she was in school.

(10:20) What it was like to attend a specialized dyslexic college and how the learning support services really helped!

(12:14) BIG TIP ALERT – If your dyslexic child is about to enter college, they will need to have an evaluation that is less than 2 years old (in order to receive services in college).

(13:20) DID YOU KNOW – Private school students and homeschool students can still be evaluated through your public schools system?

(15:10) The (maybe) surprising or unexpected advantages of living with dyslexia.

(20:40) Kathleen’s BIGGEST advice for parents of children living with dyslexia (Hint-Hint: it has to do with assistive technology).

(24:10) INCREDIBLE RESOURCE! Microsoft OneNote

(24:52) Kathleen’s top tips for how to empower your dyslexic child.

(28:38) DID YOU KNOW – 35% of entrepreneurs are dyslexic?

(29:52) Learn how having a mentor who is also dyslexic can POSITIVELY impact a child.

(33:00) Hear all about the exciting things going on at Dyslexic Labs! Check out a free webinar with a Q&A. And grab a free guide to the evaluation process.

(35:32) Find out Kathleen’s all-time favorite children’s book and what she’s currently reading

Reading Resources and more!

Book Recommendations – For the Kiddos

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Book Recommendations – For the Adults

The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read… and How They Can Learn by Ronald D. Davis

Additional Children’s Programming and Activities

Orton-Gillingham: The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia. 

Schreiner University: Schreiner University is a place of opportunity. They offer undergraduate and graduate students a personalized, integrated, and holistic educational experience that prepares them for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society. 

Wilson Reading System: Wilson is a provider of research-based reading and spelling programs for all ages. Its multisensory, structured curricula – Fundations®, Wilson Just Words®, the Wilson Reading System®, and Wilson Fluency®/Basic have been proven highly effective.

Microsoft OneNote: An organized, digital notebook. Gather your thoughts, then make them even better!

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About the Author Ashley DiMercurio