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Free Webinar Replay: Beyond Dyslexia: Overcoming Reading Challenges for Kids with ADHD

In this hour-long webinar-on-demand, learn how to recognize the symptoms of a reading problem with Dr. Robin McEvoy.

Dyslexia is a reading disorder, but not all reading disorders are dyslexia (which is a surprise to many parents and even some reading specialists). One in five young students struggles with reading. Knowing the source of the reading problem and recognizing that symptoms can vary widely even among children with the same diagnosis are both critical for planning the proper course of action. Here’s how to develop a plan for your child and to bring pleasure to the reading process.

This webinar will address:

  1. the accepted definition of dyslexia — and common misconceptions
  2. common sources of reading challenges — language processing weaknesses, impaired auditory processing, and visual processing problems, among others
  3. practical and fun strategies for building reading skills over the summer using both professional support and “do-it-yourself” strategies
  4. developing a back-to-school reading game plan, plus planning for school accommodations and remediation
  5. the many faces of ADHD and reading challenges — meaning there is no single type of challenge, nor one single best solution
  6. strategies for encouraging a reluctant reader by making reading fun

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Dr. Robin McEvoy is a developmental neuropsychologist practicing in Denver, Colorado.  She evaluates and diagnoses a wide range of learning disabilities and learning needs in children, adolescents and adults. This includes the identification of reading disabilities such as dyslexia. She then works with the family to develop a treatment plan to remediate the weaknesses and accentuate strengths. In addition to her private practice, Dr. McEvoy is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. McEvoy has authored a children’s book, Buddy: A Story for Dyslexia (illustrated by her daughter).  She is the co-author/editor of the recently published book, Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, and Attention (www.childdecoded.com).  You can read more about Robin McEvoy at her website www.robinmcevoy.com. You can follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DrRobinMcEvoy.

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD

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  1. Hi,

    My 9 Year old dyslexic/adhd-inattentive son is improving his reading significantly with intervention. Spelling is another story. My question is, does it really matter if he never learns to spell? Or, should I focus on spelling once reading is more established?

    Thanks

    Kirsten

    1. So sorry for the late reply. I was monitoring the forum questions, but not here. But about spelling . . . we are in a transition stage for spelling. Because we are moving kids to word processing so early (with the gifts of spell check and auto-correct), there is less focus on teaching and maintaining good spelling. There is the expectation that the computers will do it. That being said, I know some bad spellers who can challenge the best spell-checker programs and can have some dramatic or hilarious auto-correct fails. So yes, remediate the reading and then put a little time into spelling. Enough that he has a good basic spelling vocabulary of common words. But don’t expect great spelling. Also, if he is focusing on getting his thoughts on paper, he may not be able to even think to much about spelling without his thoughts getting away (I do recommend some “dictation” strategies where the child dictates key ideas to a parent or adult. Once the key ideas are out onto sticky notes, then organize them. The child can write from those notes. The lets them focus a bit more on spelling, sentence structure and other conventions without their thoughts “getting away.” Spelling concerns are really important issues right now because of the shifting sands of expectation, so I am glad you asked. I think I will do a little blog entry about it today or this weekend. That will be a longer response including 504 accommodations. I will put it up on my blog (www.learningmoxie.com) and link it on Facebook (Robin McEvoy, Ph.D.). Thanks, Robin McEvoy

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