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The Lowdown on Dyslexia 
by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.  While education and awareness are beginning to spread there are still many myths and misunderstandings that surrounds the "D" word.  Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley of the Dyslexia Training Institute breaks it down for us.  This is an excellent article to email to your child's school or to read if you are a teacher.  She uses layman language and provides excellent links to some of the best resources.  

Every teacher in every classroom in every school in this country (and beyond) will come across several, if not dozens, of students who just can't keep seem to get the 'reading thing' down. The students are smart, articulate, and creative, yet they omit small words, read slowly, have difficulty spelling, and stumble, guess or mumble through multisyllabic words. They are placed in reading groups for extra instruction and still don't seem to 'get it.' And during his or her career, every teacher in every classroom in every school will ask themselves, "How can I help these children?" The answer is to learn as much as possible about dyslexia , because the child described above has dyslexia. read more
NEW! We are offering hands-on training in the Barton Reading & Spelling Program.  

Interested in learning more, please call 651-245-2858 or email

NEW! Online Tutoring Coming in October.
The 1st Annual Dyslexia Awareness Event
at Conquer Ninja Warrior

Dyslexia parents! Did you know you are like a  ninja  warrior? You jump through treacherous places, navigate your child, and stealthy battle the school for your child! Come sharpen your skills!!  Come play and learn at Conquer Ninja Warrior

Children 6 and older can play at the discounted rate of $16, while parents sharpen their skills about dyslexia. Parents are invited to come and network with each other, share resources and speak with Master Ninja's. Master Ninja's are members of Decoding Dyslexia and friends. Each Master Ninja specializes or has specific knowledge about different topic areas like what's happening in the legislature, tips for navigating 504's and IEP's, what type of tutoring is available and more.  

Master Ninjas will be available at both locations to help you sharpen your dyslexia skills.  Registration is required. Please call the phone number, 612-239-5394
This event was set up specifically for Decoding Dyslexia and space is limited.  The event has 2 times to choose from.  3 PM - 4PM or 4PM to 5PM.  
Checking In
Checklist for your student to stay healthy and wise this school year.

The System's Check.  How's the school year going for your student?  Are they organized, staying ahead of their assignments?  Are they doing their work but, not turning it in? Are they feeling anxious or unfocused?  Here's a quick checklist that helps secondary students stay on top of all things school related!  Students should complete it every other week.  

For more information about a complete system check, visit Seth Perler's site.  
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The 20% Club will be closed October 20-23 in honor of a Fall Baseball Tournament in Florida.  We pause to celebrate our strengths.  

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Did You Know?


More than 50% of  NASA  employees are  dyslexic , hired for their superior problem -solving and spacial awareness skills.


Decoding Dyslexia is a grassroots movement driven by Minnesota families and educators who recognized the need for conversations with our school districts and policy-makers regarding dyslexia. We strive to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and improve resources for students with dyslexia in Minnesota public schools.

The Governor's Proclamation
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October Awareness Events
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