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Cara Avallone posts here regularly about her experiences in remediating dyslexic kids in Highlands Ranch, CO. Because of the proliferation of spamming programs, we've turned off comments for this blog. But, we welcome REAL comments! E-mail Cara at cara.avallone@denverdyslexia.com.

DON'T MISS THIS!

October 3, 2010

Tune into Denver’s Fox 31 KDVR Channel 31 on Tuesday, October 5th 2010, at 8:15 am for an informative news story on Dyslexia. The interview will be Lynne Fitzhugh, Executive Director of The Dyslexia Center, Ph.D., CALT, QI and a DAC Steering Committee Member. This will be a great way to start off Colorado’s October Dyslexia Awareness Month.

 

ANOTHER ADVANCE FOR PEOPLE IN COLORADO WITH DYSLEXIA!

July 26, 2010

The Dyslexia Center has become FIRST in the state of Colorado to earn national accreditation from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)!  Parents will rest assured knowing that the stringent process for certifying Academic Language Practitioners and Therapists trained at The Dyslexia Center had been acknowledged at the national level. The Dyslexia Center offers assessment, therapy (at the center and in your area contracting through local practitioners/therapists), professional development, and community resources.

I am proud to have received my training from and continue to partner with The Dyslexia Center!  

For more information, visit The Dyslexia Center website, or contact me for information on scheduling instruction for your student. cara.avallone@denverdyslexia.com

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DECODING DUOS!

March 20, 2010

Beginning APRIL 10, 2010, The Dyslexia Center-Denver is offering another Decoding Duos class! This is a unique class intended to teach the parent/child team how to work together utilizing the structure of the English language for reading/decoding, spelling/encoding, and writing. After successful completion of a series in Highlands Ranch, we are moving on to the Arvada/Golden area. Information regarding dates, times, and registration is included in a downloadable "Decoding Duos" flyer.

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A DYSLEXIA SUCCESS STORY

March 16, 2010

My husband and I met with our accountant over the weekend--you know, tax time! We only see Jules once per year, so we always enjoy the first several minutes just catching up on the year in both our families, lives, businesses, etc. Come to find out,
Jules struggled with dyslexia all throughout his childhood! He didn't have a word to describe his difficulty back then. He only knew that despite all his tremendous effort and strong desire to read like all the other kiddos, he was unable to do so. Jules was fortunate that his struggles did not tear him down. He was in 10th grade before anyone ever gave him a name for his condition. By then, he had come up with all sorts of self-designed accommodations, modifications, and "tricks" to help him navigate through school, all the while determined to do whatever it took to stay up with his peers.

This conversation reminded me of an article I just read in which the author, Robert Langston, describes that, "We are in phase two of a three-phase process necessary to eradicate dyslexia as a fundamental learning disability in our society. Phase one is what I am calling "The Age of Ignorance," phase two is the "The Age of Awareness," and phase three will be the "The Age of Consciousness.""

"The third age will come when a shift in consciousness is felt around the world, with the realization that there is a better way, when the human race collectively realizes the systemic benefit of changing an antiquated system of education. Education will become a catalyst for change, and scientific certainty will promote better ways to teach."

It sounds like Jules was growing up during the period when "The Age of Ignorance" was just giving way to "The Age of Awareness."

For more information, read the full article by clicking the link below...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/power-dyslexic-thinking/201002/welcome-the-age-dyslexia-awareness

Just so you know, Jules is QUITE successful today and I think he would say, "Hang in there!" to all you struggle today like he did forty years ago. I'm looking forward to "The Age of Consciousness." How about you?

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March 12, 2010

As you are heading into the weekend, I just wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to add to your calendar for next week! Read on below....


"ASK THE EXPERTS"

Please join us as we provide an open forum for parents and educators to ask questions to this knowledgeable panel of experts in the field of dyslexia:

Kathryn Johansen, M.A.
Katie is the Manager of Learning Services at The Children's Hospital. She engages in the evaluation and testing of children with learning challenges. Ms Johansen currently sits on the board of the International Dyslexia Association, Rocky Mountain Branch.

Marge Riddle Ph.D.
Marge is a child neuropsychologist with particular interest in children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities and attention disorders. She has been at the University of Denver since 1989, where she is Director of the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic. Dr. Riddle is also engaged half-time in private practice providing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations.

Carolyn Dutton, M.A., C.A.L.T.

Carolyn is with The Dyslexia Center, a 501(c)(3) established to provide services related to the diagnosis and remediation of children with dyslexia and related learning disabilities. Ms. Dutton also spent several years providing learning evaluations at The Children's Hospital.

Wednesday, March 17th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lone Tree Library
8827 Lone Tree Parkway
R.S.V.P. by email to dyslexiaresourcegroup@comcast.net

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LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER...

March 3, 2010

For most of us, the school year will end in ten to twelve weeks. Can you believe it?

A friend of mine, who is also the parent of a child with dyslexia, began a summer reading program in Jefferson County which utilizes the Wilson Method used in many of our public schools. She coordinates the program and hires certified teachers with Wilson training to facilitate the classes.

Here is her message...

Word Attack Warriors Summer Reading Program was started by a parent in 2008-09 for elementary students that have learning disabilities or who struggle with reading. The summer program uses the Wilson Reading System which is an explicit multisensory systematic method of reading intervention. It is difficult to find the right kind of instruction with a qualified teacher for students who struggle with reading and at an affordable price. Summer reading instruction and practice are the keys to reducing literacy skill regression that these kids typically experience during extended breaks.

Word Attack Warriors, a non-profit organization based in Golden, CO, was started and organized by a parent and does not make a profit. My name is Jennifer Blair-Cockrum, I organized the program after our own child needed summer reading help and we could not find a program or camp and special summer school district programs had been cut. I am not a teacher, but as the Word Attack Warriors Program Coordinator I facilitate building usage, hiring teachers, and pairing up teachers with students.

In order to serve more students, I am proud to announce that Word Attack Warriors is partnering with The Dyslexia Center. Word Attack Warriors will beoffered simutaneously in three satellite locations this summer. Our hope is to make participation in Word Attack Warriors even more convienient for our families and teachers to gather and learn. The Dyslexia Center is a non-profit organization based inColorado Springs with a newly opened Denver branch.

If you have questions or are interested in registering your child for this program, I encourage you to take at look at the registration forms on website and sign up early. We filled up last summer in about 2 weeks since space is very limited to ensure small effective group instruction. Additional questions can be submitted via email with ”Word Attack Warriors” in the subject line to jenifhome@yahoo.com or to cdutton@thedyslexiacenter.com.

www.WordAttackWarriors.wordpress.com

Summer is a GREAT time to begin a targeted reading intervention since scheduling around a school day calendar is not an issue and our children are more relaxed and have the energy to focus.

Of course, I am offering instruction for the remediation of dyslexia in the Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Centennial, and Lone Tree areas using Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. I would love to visit with you about the program and coordinate a time for you to observe a lesson with one of my current students before the school year is over.

Counting the days! :)

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QUICK-START INTERVENTION

March 1, 2010

Today I want to share some information about a student of mine...

His mom called about a month ago having already made the decision to seek out someone in the area delivering instruction for dyslexia remediation using the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children's Take Flight curriculum. She had heard about it through an out-of-state family member, and wanted to know if it would work for her son. We decided to hit the ground running in order to complete Book One in three weeks... that's five days per week, since there are 15 lessons in Book One. This included pre- and post- progress monitoring, so we felt it would give us a good indication of whether she was spending her money and time in the right place.

The good news is... he responded very well to this dyslexia intervention! In only three weeks time, the mom has gained confidence that her family is not wasting precious time and feels good about continuing with a dyslexia program that has enabled her son to experience success and show progress. After taking a small break for CSAP week, they will return at a 3-4 day/week pace.

I offered this "Quick-Start" dyslexia intervention schedule at a discounted price as an experiment, but I am so pleased with the results that I will maintain that for anyone interested in giving "Take Flight" a try.

For more information about dyslexia tutoring, give me a call at 303-995-7252, or take a look at the "Curriculum" page of my website, www.denverdyslexia.com.

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BIG NEWS!

February 22, 2010

Denver Dyslexia Associates is happy to announce that The Dyslexia Center@Penrose St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs is opening a Denver office.

Since opening it's doors in 2007, The Dyslexia Center has provided diagnostic and educational services for individuals with dyslexia and related learning disabilities, professional development, and community resources in the Colorado Springs area.

Services now offered in the Denver metro area include diagnostic evaluations, individual and small group therapy, parent/student classes, as well as professional development seminars and/or presentations. Currently, the denver office is located inside the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic at 1355 South Colorado Blvd.

The Dyslexia Center is a 501(c)(3) (non-profit) committed to the effective application of scientifically-based research and study in the field of dyslexia.

The Dyslexia Center
1355 South Colorado Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80222
720-231-1187
cdutton@thedyslexiacenter.com
www.thedyslexiacenter.com

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GETTING STARTED !

November 11, 2009

Welcome to Denver Dyslexia Associates blog page! It is my wish to use this page to chronicle my experiences with dyslexia remediation and instruction. My goal is to help you, parent or friend of an individual with dyslexia, stay on top of the latest research, instructional methods, and resources available to families struggling with dyslexia in the Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Centennial, Lone Tree, and Denver Metro Area.

Upcoming articles will include information about the Douglas County Dyslexia Resource Group, Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, Listening to Learn Guild, parent/student advocacy, and updates and inspirations from my first group of students.

Today, I would like to share about the idea behind Denver Dyslexia Associates...

In 2006, I decided to return to teaching after spending ten years at home raising my three children. We had home schooled for a few of those years and I continued to love teaching. Returning to the classroom in 2006 to teach first grade for the FIRST time, I realized I wanted to continue my own education and pursue a Master's degree in Literacy/Reading to be sure my students received the best, research-based reading instruction possible. Just as I began investigating programs, we had an opportunity to move to Colorado!

My desire to return to school, put on hold since the move, was rekindled and refocused while having coffee with a friend one day. During our conversation my friend shared her heart and her story of the struggle, frustration, sadness she experienced in the process of helping her child learn to live with dyslexia. Disappointing teacher conferences, feelings of inadequacy as a parent to recognize and identify her child's specific learning disability, tutor after tutor after online program after.... you name it - she had done everything she knew to help her child before someone timidly handed her a copy of Sally Shawitz's groundbreaking book, Overcoming Dyslexia. That was not the end of her story, but it served as the beginning of mine.

That conversation sparked a vision to enter post-graduate studies with a specific emphasis on dyslexia. In the summer of 2009 I enrolled in the Dyslexia Specialist Program at The Dyslexia Center@Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs. Program completion takes a minimum of two years and requirements include 248 hours of classroom instruction, practicum observations, 700 clinical hours, professional readings, and attendance at professional conferences - quite a full load! These stringent requirements, however, will provide the opportunity for me to apply for the title of Certified Academic Language Therapist through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), the certifying arm of the International Dyslexia Association. The C.A.L.T. title ensures that a therapist meets all the requirements of the International Dyslexia Association to deliver the "gold standard" in dyslexia therapy.

Classes this past summer included eleven individuals committed to this high standard of dyslexia remediation. The classes in the previous two years included fewer than that. I thought it would be great to gather our resources in one place so that individuals with dyslexia, including their parents and friends, could easily locate a therapist/specialist with the highest qualifications in their area. With that, the idea for Denver Dyslexia Associates was born! Right now, I serve as a "switchboard" of sorts, answering questions and referring out to other therapists/specialists when I am unable to meet the needs of a particular student due to scheduling or proximity. In the future, I hope to include other therapist/specialist bios on the "About Us" page so that you may contact individuals directly. All therapists/specialists on the DDA referral list have either already received the title C.A.L.T, or have committed to the requirements of attaining that title.

So that's the story! Future posts will not be this long, but I wanted to share the full story with you at one time. I hope you will contact me with any questions!

 

Email: cara.avallone@denverdyslexia.com

 
Cara Avallone, Dyslexia Specialist in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Cara Avallone is a dyslexia specialist in Highlands Ranch, CO.