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Dyslexia Advocate!: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System Paperback – March 21, 2016
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Dr Sandman-Hurley is spot on when she says "advocating for a student with dyslexia requires you to raise awareness about dyslexia." This book is a great resource to help parents and professionals do both! Author: Deborah Lynam, Parent, Decoding Dyslexia NJ
Dr Kelli's Dyslexia Advocate is the resource I needed when I began my journey as a parent advocating for my dyslexic child. It provides parents with practical, in-depth knowledge while encouraging collaboration, patience and perseverance - all integral to a successful IEP team process. Author: Lyn Pollard, Parent Advocate and Mother of a 10-year old child with Dyslexia
As the parent or educator of a child with dyslexia, you must learn all you can about dyslexia. This is the best book out there to get you started. It is easy to read, clear and understandable, and will become your primary reference book. Do your homework and read this book! Author: Pete Wright, a dyslexic ADHD attorney, former law professor, author of numerous books about special education, co-founder of theWrightslaw.com website
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We received a Dyslexia diagnosis for our young child and, as a mom, I found myself struggling to understand not only her diagnosis but how to get her the services she needed both within the public school system and tutoring outside of the school.
Dr. Sandman-Hurley's book is one of encouragement...the path can seem bleak and lonely as we've attempted to navigate educating our school regarding Dyslexia. There still seems to be a myth that Dyslexia even exists!
Not only was the book a resource regarding the laws, steps one needs to take in advocating, but it also talked honestly about what Dyslexic children need.
This brings me back to my first encounter with Dr. Sandman-Hurley and her colleagues. Their "Dyslexia For A Day" workshop brought me to tears. As I was put (as a parent) through three real life simulations that my child would experience in the classroom I couldn't help but feel the weight of expectation and performance my child feels every single day. My entire perspective changed because of this conference that these women developed. Dyslexic kids need hope, support, and someone in their corner cheering them on...even when their teacher or others see them as less than, even lazy.
Dr. Sandman-Hurley shares her insight into morphemes, graphemes, and other types of language that influence reading within the pages of this book. Gina Cooke spoke at the conference regarding understanding the meaning behind each word within the written language. Do you know why there is a <g> in sign? When a child understands the REASON behind the way words are written a particular way they don't forget it. When you hear the truth it sticks. Ms. Cooke addressed that nugget of gold at the conference and I began to wonder. What if my child could be given the opportunity to learn the way she was speaking about...could that intervention change her in a way that brought about a new way to learn?
Our child struggles greatly with spelling and has benefitted immensely from learning and studying words with Ms. Cooke. Without understanding and meaning a word is simply a word. When given the knowledge of a word and its root, origin, meaning, and how it connects to so many other word families, a Dyslexic child begins to soar in their understanding. When a dyslexic child experiences success...the confidence that brims is beautiful.
There are many books and people 'claiming' to be beacons within the Dyslexia community. These ladies are the hands and feet working tirelessly on behalf of children everywhere struggling. Dr. Sandman-Hurley and her colleagues are paving the way for change and understanding. If you are at a loss, struggling with "now what"...buy this book. It will open your eyes of understanding, provide hope for you in this difficult journey, and equip you with the tools and resources you need to give your child the services they need and deserve!
From one mom to another...I now have hope because we have the tools, resources, and education that I need to advocate for my child who cant do so yet. Hands down best book I've read that equips parents with a plan!