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How to Perform a Checkup on your Child's IEP/504

Date: November 13, 2019


  • Does your child have an IEP or 605 for Dyslexia? Dysgraphia? ADHD?

  • Do you wonder what happens at school no that this legal document is in place?

  • Has your child provided feedback on the accommodations and services being received? 

Anxiety in Students with Learning Disabilities

Date: September 4, 2019


Dr. Carla Ordonez, Ph.D., EdS, LMFT, presented on how to navigate anxiety with a learning disorder. 

Navigating the Ins and Outs of Special Education Law

Date: February 6, 2019


Jennifer Hansen and Lara Cleary showed us how to cut through the complexity of special education law. Also, how to make informed decisions as equal partners regarding our child's education. 

Setting Expectations:

How to Promote Skill Development while Promoting Independence

Date: September 17, 2018


Deb Hillstrom, M. Ed., BCBA, spoke about ways to help children learn new skills and become more independent in following routines and task expectations. 

Parenting a Child with Executive Function Challenges

Date: May 14, 2018


Many children with dyslexia also have difficulty with executive function. ​Lauren Delahanty, Supervisor, Senior Executive Functioning/ADHD Coach at Beyond Booksmart, presented on how to help students be more organized, focused, and productive. 

Ask the Expert

Date: March 13, 2018


Casey Crnich and Ruthie Swibel, both from Hyde Park Day School, met with DAGN supporters to discuss multiple topics. Topics included:

  • Hyde Park Day School

  • School & Life Challenges with Dyslexia

  • Classroom Strategies and Accommodations

  • Assistive Technology

The Road to College with Dyslexia

Date: March 7, 2018


Dr. Miriam Pike, Head of Wolcott School and Marybeth Kravets, Wolcott's Director of College Counseling, were the presenters. They taught us about:

  • Planning ahead for college

  • The admissions process

  • To disclose or not disclose a learning challenge

  • Standardized testing

  • Questions to ask colleges

  • What colleges have the best support for students with dyslexia

  • Fit and match

School Transitions

Date: January 17, 2018


Sending your child off to a new school is simultaneously exciting and anxiety-provoking for students and parents alike. Experienced educator and advocate Carol Dimas spoke about helping students transition to middle school, high school and to college. This program helped parents be better prepared to handle the changes and teachers learned ways to ease the transitions for students with learning challenges.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew

Date: November 1, 2017


Dr. Casey Crnich, director of Hyde Park Day School, and his colleagues discussed practical strategies to improve the entire school day for students with dyslexia.

Dyslexia Simulation

Date: October 12, 2017


In conjunction with the Naperville Public Library and Everyone Reading Illinois, Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville hosted a dyslexia simulation to give parents and teachers insight into the challenges of living with dyslexia. 


Dyslexia: History and Solutions

Date: September 18, 2017


Mr. Broudo, headmaster of Landmark School, and Mr. Slark, CEO of Molex, Inc., discussed what we have learned about dyslexia since awareness began in the early 1900's, some of the problems that continue to exist in delivering appropriate services to students with dyslexia, and potential solutions for meeting the needs of more students. ​

Why is My Child Struggling to Read and What Can I Do About It?

Date: November 30, 2016


Neuropsychologist, Nichole Dawson, PhD and Suzanne Petree from the Village Tutors in Hinsdale discussed how to get your struggling reader the help they need, both within the school setting and outside of school. Topics included early signs of dyslexia, evaluations for dyslexia, and effective interventions.

Summer Assistive Technology Camp

​Dates: Annually

Through hands-on activities, students learned about apps and software, as well as online tools, to help them with their school work. 

Attitude for Success

Date: April 6, 2016​

A healthy attitude is a vital skill for navigating life’s ups and downs and achieving success. The story we create and tell ourselves is important to our success and the factors that contribute to a successful attitude. Erica Sokol, licensed clinical counselor, described the foundations of resiliency so that we can support our children and teens with dyslexia.

ADHD: The Pediatric Approach

​Dates: March 9, 2016

Forty percent of people with dyslexia also deal with ADHD, which piles on the challenges for kids who may already be struggling. Dr. Karen Kreiling, Naperville pediatrician and co-founder of Children's Health Partners, as well as co-founder and President of DAGN, discussed ADHD symptoms, diagnosis, supports and treatments. 

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