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.
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
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
Questions to ask colleges
What colleges have the best support for students with dyslexia
Fit and match
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: 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: August 8-12, 2016
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.