Our Philosophy - All minds have a job – to learn, to become, and to contribute. But there is a segment of our population to whom learning to read is labored and simple math is not logical. Their growth is blocked and they feel trapped. They cry for help, but few hear or understand them. These people think with mental pictures, not words.

We are here to open learning’s door – to teach them another way so they too can learn, become, and contribute their gifts to the world.

 

Teacher Training Workshop

This five day workshop is designed for teachers (K-12), Reading and Resource Specialists, Special Education Teachers or Assistants, Paraprofessionals, Home School Educators, and Head Start Teachers.

Please Note: This workshop qualifies for 35 ESD (Educational Services District, Washington State) clock hours.

This program is easily integrated into the existing curriculum within any school district. It will cause both the word thinker and the picture thinker to love the learning of new words and spring them forward in dictionary skills. As picture thinkers become fluent in reading, many may no longer require remedial help. This frees up special education funding for the students who need it most. The information and techniques learned in this workshop include:

The Dyslexia Reading Workshop can benefit teachers and Schools

Reduce time required to communicate ideas and associated stress

With increasing student population and stressed school budgets many schools are maximizing class size. 

Students who need a lot of one-on-one or additional assistance disproportionately increase the teacher’s work load and time demands. Implementing teaching techniques that work for both picture thinkers and word thinkers helps save time and reduce stress.

Recognize picture thinkers and dyslexia

Learn to recognize the signs of dyslexia and help students get the help they need.

Most teachers have a heart for teaching. They entered the profession because they genuinely desire to help students learn. This workshop gives them the tools they need to help picture thinkers perform better in the classroom.  It helps them identify both students with the potential to develop dyslexia and, in cases where dyslexia has already developed, to help the student obtain more in depth assistance when necessary.

In short, addressing problems and potential problems in a timely manner saves teachers a lot of extra work, time and stress. Less special tutoring, fewer IEPs, fewer one-on-one aides, parent conferences etc. are necessary.

The Dyslexia Reading Workshop saves your school money

Like many learning disabilities dyslexia costs the schools extra money. Unlike many learning disabilities, dyslexia affects or has the potential to affect a large percentage of the student population. Estimates vary but it is pretty commonly accepted that at least 20% of people are picture thinkers. When picture thinkers are forced to learn in an environment not conducive to their learning style dyslexia often develops.

The savings to the school district directly relate to the beneficial effects listed above for students and teachers. Teachers and students are less stressed and learning is more efficient. This can result in more material being able to be covered or potentially a larger workable class size without teacher burn out. Less one-on-one student aides are needed. Less special education resources are needed. Fewer IEPs need to be prepared.

As student learning skills and grades improve, the school as a whole is likely to perform better on federal or state mandated tests with the beneficial result of less risk to federal funding.

The Dyslexia Reading Workshop can benefit children

Prevent Dyslexia

Implementing visual learning techniques into the day to day curriculum helps prevent the formation of dyslexia in students.

Students who are already dyslexic find themselves in a classroom environment more conducive to their style of learning.

Minimize or prevent years of self esteem battering

Students realize an increase in self esteem. Most dyslexics have above average intelligence but fail to thrive in an oral or word based education system. Poor grades, failure to ‘fit in’ and teasing from peers leave many of these children feeling labeled as ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’ when in fact the opposite is usually true. When they find there is a method of learning that works for them and they are able to do things they didn’t think they could do, their self esteem usually improves dramatically.

Kids who don’t belong in special education get out. Often, visual learning techniques make the difference for a student who was not ‘getting it’ and allows them to return to the main stream classroom. Preventing dyslexia from forming minimizes the number of students required to enter special education programs.

Reduce Stress and Frustration

Many students realize increased free time and improved social life. Many dyslexic students spend days filled with stress and anxiety at school only to go home and spend hours each night on their home work.

It is frustrating and builds resentment because they would rather be playing with their friends or engaging in other activities they consider fun. As the amount of time needed to do their homework decreases they experience a direct increase in the time available for socializing, fun activities and sleep.

Allows picture thinkers to learn and participate with their peers

When visual learning techniques are implemented into the mainstream classroom it benefits both word and picture thinkers. Because the techniques are being used for all students the visual learners do not feel singled out.

Gives respect for the different learning styles and growth in that environment

In today’s school systems students typically learn to understand and accept various forms of diversity. Differences in individual learning styles are simply another facet of the diversity that differentiates human beings.

Helps students become functioning members of society.

Approximately 20% of students are picture thinkers who either have or may develop dyslexia. When not prevented or addressed dyslexia can form a life long stumbling block to functioning normally in society.

Things we often take for granted can be costly mistakes and sources of embarrassment and shame; such as balancing check books, filling out job applications, being on time, managing finances, reading to increase knowledge, staying up on current events, etc.

In many cases the cost to individuals and society is much higher.  A Texas study estimates the percentage of inmates with dyslexia is three times that of the general population. Some prisons in the UK use the percentage of dyslexia in third graders as an indicator of how many prisons they will need to build.

In the general population many dyslexics struggle in life and/or need public assistance to survive.  Increased success in life skills and the resulting reduction in stress and anxiety results in reduced dependency on alcohol and other drugs. Less strain on the local tax dollar also potentially frees up more funds for school bonds and levies.

Teacher Training Workshop Locations

We typically schedule at least one workshop during the summer here in Bellingham, Washington with additional workshops scheduled as needed. Contact us if you would like to be notified of upcoming workshops.

You can also sponsor a workshop at your location. Contact us for details.