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Dyslexia Myths and Truths

Is your child struggling at school? Discerning dyslexia myths and truths lead parents to ask more questions. Do students forget things even after appropriate instruction? Are they reading at a level significantly lower than expected? These can be signs of dyslexia. Dyslexia is a word level reading disorder resulting in difficulty decoding or sounding out words, recognizing words automatically, and spelling. 

The Summit School Community Talk: Dyslexia Myths and Truths

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director at The Summit School recently spoke with parents about the early signs of dyslexia, how dyslexia is diagnosed, and research-based teaching strategies that result in improved reading. She also discussed common misconceptions. This is your opportunity to learn more so children with dyslexia can be identified sooner, receive appropriate instruction, and acquire the support they need to succeed. 

This Community Talk focuses on the early signs of dyslexia, how dyslexia is diagnosed, and research-based teaching strategies that result in improved reading. Common misconceptions about dyslexia will also be discussed.

  • Early signs of dyslexia
  • How dyslexia is diagnosed
  • Research-based strategies that result in improved reading
  • Common misconceptions

Resources, Helpful Documents, and Websites

Click here for the resources, documents, and websites mentioned during the Community Talk:  Dyslexia Myths Truths October 5 2021 Handout

RSVP for The Summit School Virtual Open House on Saturday, November 6 at 9am here: thesummitschool.org/event/the-summit-school-virtual-open-house/

If you have questions, please contact Jessica Palmeri at [email protected].

About The Summit School – The Summit School serves children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. The Summit School has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes.

About Dr. Mele-McCarthy – Joan A. Mele-McCarthy, D.A., CCC-SLP, serves as Executive Director for The Summit School and is an expert in the field of learning disabilities, as well as speech and language. She holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University. She has been a college professor, clinician, consultant, and diagnostician. Dr. Mele-McCarthy serves on a number of professional and governmental boards; she was appointed as the Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program (August 2015-December 2016) for the State of Maryland she is also an Affiliated Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, Inc., bringing expertise as a research-to-practice clinician and educator.

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