Is your child having a hard time learning from you? Let me tell you about the ABCs, self-directed neuroplasticity, and more posts on the go.

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Is your child having a hard time learning from you? Let me tell you about the ABCs, self-directed neuroplasticity, and more posts on the go.

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Tricia Cook, MEd., RSP, AOG; https://linktr.ee/tcooktutor

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Cook’s Fall Fun Educational Series Schedule

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The launch of my ELBERT™ classes went very well this summer with a few classes! This fall I’m offering many more tutoring sessions, intervention, and enrichment classes as well as evaluations! Please look for my other classes (BELOW) starting August 24th!! If you’re on OUTSCHOOL- times vary from below.

In my classes and sessions,  I cover the affirmations of strengths of having a neurodifference and view them as “gifts” such as: We are highly intelligent and have the ability to use tools and strategies to compensate for struggles to read, write, or spell.  We may excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from many different sides, and spatial relationships along with the ability to think in 3 dimensions. We often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. We also have deep and holistic list-form thinking, problem-solving, and building/constructing abilities, computer skills and gaming strategies. Lastly, we seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic and visionary skills, inventing and innovating pursuits.

Tutoring Sessions

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Description: Reading Specialist Ready To Help: Reading (Emergent/Advanced- ALL LEVELS) One-on-one tutoring sessions and Now small group (ages 7 plus)  with explicit teaching on Emergent/Beginning phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, and letter-sound relationship to develop their phonic accuracy, automaticity, and self-regulation.The small group cost: $20 per session!

This class is also a very systematic, structured, and sequential manner. I tutor also in the following areas:

Math Including Applied Word Problems

Listening Skills & Working Memory

Spelling & Sight Words

Expressive & Receptive Language

Handwriting Including Cursive

Vocabulary & Comprehension Including

Text Analysis

& Reading In Research

Why This Class: I cover the affirmations of strengths of having a neurodifference and view them as “gifts” such as: We are highly intelligent and have the ability to use tools and strategies to compensate for struggles to read, write, or spell.  https://myelbert.com/2020/05/16/oh-good-golly-capturing-language-in-students-with-dyslexia-from-a-montessori-perspective/

https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S3-2-2.htm (see characteristics of multi-sensory methods)

Offered: Zoom.us, Work With Me ON A Time That Is Convenient For You

Cost:  30 min. $45 per session ($35 each for 2)

45 Min. $55 per session ($45 each for 2)

60 Min $65 per session ($55 each for 2)

 

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Description: Conquering Big Words is a small-group class (ages 12 plus) with explicit teaching on Intermediate/Advance letter-sound morphology to develop their phonic accuracy, automaticity, and self-regulation as well as vocabulary knowledge. This class is also very systematic, structured, and sequential manner. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We may excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from many different sides, and spatial relationships along with the ability to think in 3 dimensions.https://myelbert.com/2020/05/16/oh-good-golly-capturing-language-in-students-with-dyslexia-from-a-montessori-perspective/

https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S3-2-2.htm (see characteristics of multi-sensory methods)

Offered: Zoom.us, Mondays 10:00-10:30 am, Fridays 4:00-4:30 pm CST USA, That Is Convenient Other Times

Cost:  $20 per session

Outschool LInk [Outschool students ONLY-times May vary]: https://outschool.com/classes/conquering-big-words-word-attack-skills-for-unique-learners-mmxf1IvT?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

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Description: The Enrichment Class (ages 10+) small group class helps dyslexic students become successful spellers by using the ultimate word study. I intertwine sight words, vocabulary, etymology, phonology, morphology, and even grammar for the ultimate word study.

Why This Class: Their success in spelling rolls into every subject and everything they do!!

Offered: Zoom.us, Tues. 10:15-11:00 am CST Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA, That Is Convenient Other Times

Cost:  $20 per session

 

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Description: The Introduction to Thinking Maps, small group class (ages 7 plus), is a necessary intervention class for unique learners to strengthen students’ own own evaluative skills and develop their weaknesses in analysis, working memory, and organization into a strength. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic and visionary skills, inventing, and innovating pursuits. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

Offered: Zoom.us, Wednesdays @10:15-11:00 am or Fridays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA, Other Times TBA

Cost: $20 per session

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: Introduction to Thinking Maps: A Great Strategy for Visual Learners: https://outschool.com/classes/introduction-to-thinking-maps-a-great-strategy-for-visual-learners-bIkIrcdg?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

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Description: This ELBERT™ is a small group class for ages 12 plus which helps students examine every aspect of developing the skill of listening! The ELBERT Program promotes confidence, pleasurable learning, self-directed neuroplasticity, and connection (meaning & motivation) with calming spiritual and holistic methods such as meditation, affirmations, breathing and moving exercises. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We also have deep and holistic list-form thinking, problem-solving and building/constructing abilities, and tactile/ kinesthetic abilities. http://tcookedu.blog/2020/03/04/speaking-of-the-whole-child/

http://tcookedu.blog/2020/03/14/strengths-of-learning-differences/ 

https://myelbert.com/2020/02/27/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-our-very-own-dna-an-alternative-perspective-from-the-spirit-soul-and-body-cook-t-2020/#.Xw0NOyU1iaM 

Offered: Zoom.us, Tuesdays & Thursday 10:15-11:00 am or Wednesdays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA, Other Times TBA

Cost: $35 per session

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: https://outschool.com/classes/elbert-listening-skills-training-for-students-with-unique-learning-differences-pjbuFTUy?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

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Description: This CMC small group class is a Creative Writing (Poetry & Short Story) ages (10 plus): Literacy intervention class that is great for students with literacy struggles to gain confidence in their writing. Includes list-form thinking, I use the way students think best and transform it into creative composition such as poetry, prose, and short stories. This class is also very systematic, structured, and sequential manner while I “follow the child”. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic and visionary skills, inventing and innovating pursuits. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-poetry/

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-productivity-in-dyslexic-brain/

Offered: Zoom.us, Mondays & Fridays 10:30-11:00 am (poetry) or Mondays & Fridays (short story) 4:30-5:00 pm CST USA, Other Time TBA

Cost: $20 per session

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: The Coat of Many Colors (CMC): A Creative Writing Literacy Intervention Class: https://outschool.com/classes/the-coat-of-many-colors-a-creative-writing-literacy-intervention-class-W9a1rN0y?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

 

Enrichment Classes

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Description: Reading In Research: Historical Fact or Fiction is a small group class (ages12 plus) to develop vocabulary, text analysis, & comprehension through text research as well as to develop their reading fluency and active building of meaning. Max. 8 per class.

Why This Class: We often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

https://myelbert.com/2020/03/28/speaking-of-the-whole-child-again-where-did-you-get-the-inspiration-to-write-the-program-elbert/#.XxWNTOdOkl0

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/

Offered: Zoom.us, Tuesdays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA

Cost: $10 per session

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Description:  Reading In Research: Animal, Tales, & Legends is a  small group class (ages 7-11) to develop vocabulary, text analysis, & comprehension through text research as well as to develop their reading fluency and active building of meaning. Max. 8 per class.

Why This Class: We often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

https://myelbert.com/2020/03/28/speaking-of-the-whole-child-again-where-did-you-get-the-inspiration-to-write-the-program-elbert/#.XxWNTOdOkl0

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/

Offered: Zoom.us, Wednesdays 4:15-5:00 pm CST USA, Other Times TBA

Cost: $10 per session

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: Animal Myths, Tales, & Legends: Discovering Research In Literacy [for my Outschool students]: https://outschool.com/classes/animal-myths-tales-and-legends-discovering-research-in-literacy-XF7BqwVh?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

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Description: Math: Applied Word Problems is a small group class (ages12 plus) where students create and solve word problems based on real-world needs & desired solutions. They see, maybe for the first time, how math can apply in their lives. They will use real-life issues and turn them into a word problem, with real computations, and solutions along with D. A. R. E. Math (Data, Analysis, Relate, & Evaluate).! Max. 6 per class.  Ex. Summer 2020 Class Project: https://www.canva.com/design/DAD-5eg3B-s/view?utm_content=DAD-5eg3B-s&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink

Why This Class: We also have deep and holistic list-form thinking, problem solving and building/constructing abilities, computer skills and gaming strategies. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

https://myelbert.com/2020/03/28/speaking-of-the-whole-child-again-where-did-you-get-the-inspiration-to-write-the-program-elbert/#.XxWNTOdOkl0

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/

Offered: Zoom.us, Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA

Cost: $10 per session

 

Cook’s Evaluation Description and Cost

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Held Every Monday & Friday (current students take $10 off)

Cook’s Evaluation Cost

The Complete Elbert Evaluation including social/emotional domain, grade level, and complete learning difference screening (SLI, VPD, APD, SCP) including memory-abstract thinking, etc.  (takes 3 hours). The cost is $150 and includes a lengthy report for schools/families). Also includes a FIRST ONE FREE Consultation (30 min to discuss my observations).

 

The ELBERT partial screening includes learning differences screening  (SLI, VPD, APD, SCP). The cost is $90 including a lengthy report for schools/families.. Also includes a FIRST ONE FREE Consultation (30 min to discuss my observations).

 

 The OH Good Golly is $45 which includes just a dyslexia screening takes 45 min. Approximately. Note: with no report just a FIRST ONE FREE Consultation (30 min to discuss my observations).

-Coaching- $45 each session for 30 min.-$75 an hour (min. 2 times per week recommended). This is on a flex-schedule at your convenience. I’ll meet with you on Zoom.us to talk to you about a specific persons’ needs. First: Students need to get an evaluation first.

 -Consulting on Elbert Program- $65 an half-an-hour FIRST ONE FREE! Also, pay $135 for a week group One-on-One Course!  Coaching with you and possibly others (depending which you choose) helps you understand the program, the brain and more. Includes 235 pg. Booklet- $35.

I’m online and in-person (depending on where you live)! you want to learn about my other classes and/or individual help go to: www.myelbert.com or https://myelbert.com/2020/07/11/cooks-fall-fun-educational-series/ for more information. If you know someone who struggles with their learning and behavior please share. I meet people at http://zoom.us. 

Thank you for purchasing my program. It means so much to me and let me know how I can help! -Tricia Cook Please share: Looking for Live Online Classes For Tutoring, Enrichment, & Intervention? https://spark.adobe.com/page/D0uOjA7arNBcz/

Resources: Why These Sessions, Classes, and Evaluations???

FREE ONLINE HELP:https://wwwcontentliteracy.blogspot.com/

Strengths of a NeuroDifferences– Cook’s Independent Tutoring, Coaching & Consulting Links: http://tcookedu.blog/2020/03/14/strengths-of-learning-differences/ 

Brain research: http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/dyslexic-br ain/    

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-dyslexia-kelli-sandman-hurley?fbclid=IwAR2grf1e4vk_KsEgpgbxPvI5JFOt-TZUyAV_dkxfeThllwLgkckoRzPEH00  

What is Dyslexia? Everything You need to Know: https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S1-1.htm

What is stealth dyslexia? https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/blogs/the-inside-track/2015/03/04/stealth-dyslexia-how-some-dyslexic-students-escape-detection?_ul=1*qrde0a*domain_userid*YW1wLUNhT0MxSVo4UXpLRXg1bTlqUThORWc.

Multisensory Structured Language Teaching article/fact sheet: https://dyslexiaida.org/multisensory-structured-language-teaching/

Multisensory Teaching Approaches for Dyslexia: https://www.thoughtco.com/multisensory-approaches-for-dyslexia-3111175

What is CAPD and Filtering? https://therapyshoppe.com/therapists-corner/113-the-filter-that-changed-her-life

What are of  8 the most common VPD? https://www.churchillstl.org/learning-disability-resources/visual-processing-disorder/

https://ilslearningcorner.com/2016-06-oculomotor-dysfunction-why-my-child-skips-words-cant-cross-the-midline-experiences-double-vision/?fbclid=IwAR01uM41xmkihCeypiyIagKq2O7wNvZ4F3ryLWnbzSpkEuFYbDfa1-F-n5w

What is Irlen Syndrome?  https://irlen.com/what-is-irlen-syndrome/

What does a reading specialist with OG do? https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/treatments-approaches/working-with-clinicians/what-is-a-reading-specialist

Could your child have slow speed processing? https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/signs-symptoms/could-your-child-have/im-concerned-my-child-might-have-slow-processing-speed-now-what?_ul=1*qrde0a*domain_userid*YW1wLUNhT0MxSVo4UXpLRXg1bTlqUThORWc.

Should I  consider autism?Researchautism.org. (2019). [online] Available at: https://researchautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/An_Educators_Guide_to_Asperger_Syndrome.pdf [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Autism-watch.org. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.autism-watch.org/general/nimh.pdf [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Autismspeaks.org. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/2018-08/Parents%20Guide%20to%20Autism.pdf [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

https://www.ohsu.edu/sites/default/files/2019-04/ASD%20DSM-5%20Parent%20Interview%20Final%20%281%29.pdf viewed on 12/16/2019.

http://ccea.org.uk/sites/default/files/docs/curriculum/guidelines_general_strategies/sen-gifted_general_checklist.pdf viwed on 12/16/2019.

Should I consider ADHD? https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/adhd-and-anger-what-you-need-to-know?_ul=1*dgj4z7*domain_userid*YW1wLUNhT0MxSVo4UXpLRXg1bTlqUThORWc.

 

Other Resources:

Dyslexia & Literacy Difficulty – Link: https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/Media/Rosereport.pdf

Dyslexia in the Classroom What Every Teacher Needs to Know handbook from IDA: https://dyslexiaida.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DITC-Handbook.pdf

Cracking the Code of Dyslexia: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cracking-the-code-of-dyslexia/?fbclid=IwAR32hRWPQHZArF85Kqo1t7Tefo5tmNuXVCXeRJYVGvWf156j0pLcKSNguuQ

See Dyslexia Differently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11r7CFlK2sc#action=share

 Brain research: http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/dyslexic-brain/                                      

Understanding Dyslexia (Child Mind Institute):  https://childmind.org/article/understanding-dyslexia/

Why We Should Teach All Kids Like They Have Dyslexia: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/why-we-should-teach-all-pupils-if-they-have-dyslexia

20 Things Only Parents of Children with Dyslexia Would Understand: http://www.lifehack.org/285680/20-things-only-parents-children-with-dyslexia-would-understand

 Creating a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom: https://www.thoughtco.com/creating-a-dyslexia-friendly-classroom-3111082 

What I Wish Every Teacher Knew about Dyslexia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=303uulbfR3I

Multisensory Learning article: http://www.dyslexia-reading-well.com/multisensory-learning.html

Article from the University of Nebraska on the benefits of coteaching and helping students achieve: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1038&context=mathmidsummative

Dyslexia: What Every Educator Needs to Know from Reading Horizons: https://www.readinghorizons.com/Media/Default/Documents/Resources/Dyselxia%20E-Book.pdf

Working Together to Address Dyslexia in the Classroom: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8015698799059/WN_ew-UClTKR7KNsntlyDQlbA

Spelling “games”:  https://www.beatingdyslexia.com/spelling-games.html

Eight Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Reading: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/partnering-with-childs-school/instructional-strategies/8-multisensory-techniques-for-teaching-reading

Susan Norton teaches an Orton-Gillingham multisensory lesson with a 4th grade student video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiZvSvALo-4

Making Multisensory Tools for Your Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucm_Y5SnHVg#action=share

Using Multisensory Methods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWBjBq73oR4#action=share

Successful Careers: The Secrets of Adults with Dyslexia – http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/sites/default/files/SuccessfulCareersDyslexiaFink.pdf

Teacher Strategies for Dyslexics: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c38560bb98a78f7ba7097bd/t/5c3d6466758d469a54f349c9/1547527271766/dyslexia_handbook_teacherstrategies.pdf

How to Help Build a Dyslexic Child’s Self Esteem  https://www.dyslexiafriend.com/2010/07/how-to-help-build-dyslexic-childs-self.html

Five Steps to Boost a Young Dyslexic’s Self Confidence:https://blog.dyslexia.com/five-steps-to-boost-a-young-dyslexics-self-confidence/

Assistive Technology Suggestions:

Geemarc Wireless Keyboard and Mouse: http://www.dyslexic.com/product/geemarc-wireless-keyboard-and-mouse/

iPad Dyslexia Keyboard: https://www.ghotit.com/iPad-dyslexia-keyboard/

Monster 2 Keyboard: http://www.dyslexic.com/blog/monster-2-keyboard/

FREE Dyslexia Resource Links from Clever Classroom: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Dyslexia-Resource-Links-353776

Nine Ways to Build Phonological Awareness in Pre-K and Kindergarten: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/9-ways-to-build-phonological-awareness-in-pre-k-and-kindergarten

 

75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in Class:https://www.nwea.org/blog/2019/75-digital-tools-apps-teachers-use-to-support-classroom-formative-assessment/

#dyslexia, #dyslexiahelp, #elbert, #epigentics, #learningdifference, #neurodiversity#myelbert: Checkout https://myelbert.com, #neurounderstanding, #RAS

 

Cook’s Online Fall Fun Educational Series Schedule

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The launch of my ELBERT™ classes went very well this summer with a few classes!  This fall I’m offering many more tutoring sessions, intervention and enrichment classes as well as evaluations! Please look for my other classes (BELOW) starting Aug. 24!!! If you’re on OUTSCHOOL- times vary from below], some classes start earlier on August 3rd…if you want to learn about my other classes and/or individual help go to www.myelbert.com or https://myelbert.com/2020/07/11/cooks-fall-fun-educational-series/ for more information.

In my classes and sessions,  I cover the affirmations of strengths of having a neurodifference and view them as “gifts” such as we are highly intelligent and have the ability to use tools and strategies to compensate for struggles to read, write, or spell.  We may excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from many different sides, and spatial relationships along with the ability to think in 3 dimensions. We often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. We also have deep and holistic, list-form thinking, problem-solving, and building/constructing abilities, computer skills, and gaming strategies. Lastly, we seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic, and visionary skills while taking on inventing and innovating pursuits.

Tutoring Sessions

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Description: Reading Specialist Ready To Help: Reading (Emergent/Advanced- ALL LEVELS) One-on-one tutoring and Now I offer it also in small group sessions (ages 7 plus)  with explicit teaching on Emergent/Beginning phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, and letter-sound relationship to develop their phonic accuracy, automaticity, and self-regulation. This class is also a very systematic, structured, and sequential manner. The small group is only $20 a session. Times are still TBA!!!

I tutor one-on-one  in the following areas:

READING (ALL LEVELS)

Grade Readiness

Math Including Applied Word Problems

Listening Skills & Working Memory

Spelling & Sight Words

Expressive & Receptive Language

Handwriting Including Cursive

Vocabulary & Comprehension Including

Content Literacy, Text Analysis, & Reading In Research

Why This Class: I cover the affirmations of strengths of having a neurodifference and view them as “gifts” such as: We are highly intelligent and have the ability to use tools and strategies to compensate for struggles to read, write, or spell.  https://myelbert.com/2020/05/16/oh-good-golly-capturing-language-in-students-with-dyslexia-from-a-montessori-perspective/

https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S3-2-2.htm (see characteristics of multi-sensory methods)

Offered: Zoom.us, Work With Me ON A Time That Is Convenient For You

Cost:  30 min. $45 per session ($35 each for 2)

45 Min. $55 per session ($45 each for 2)

60 Min $65 per session ($55 each for 2)

 

Outschool Small Group LInk [Outschool students ONLY-times May vary]: https://outschool.com/classes/reading-specialist-offering-dyslexia-help-using-orton-gillingham-and-montessori-methods-3ZZLn51i?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

 

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Description: Conquering Big Words is a small-group class (ages 12 plus) with explicit teaching on Intermediate/Advance letter-sound morphology to develop their phonic accuracy, automaticity, and self-regulation as well as vocabulary knowledge. This class is also very systematic, structured, and sequential manner. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We may excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from many different sides, and spatial relationships along with the ability to think in 3 dimensions.https://myelbert.com/2020/05/16/oh-good-golly-capturing-language-in-students-with-dyslexia-from-a-montessori-perspective/

https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S3-2-2.htm (see characteristics of multi-sensory methods)

Offered: Zoom.us, Mondays 10:00-10:30 am, Fridays 4:00-4:30 pm CST USA, That Is Convenient Other Times

Cost:  $20 per session

Outschool LInk [Outschool students ONLY-times May vary]: https://outschool.com/classes/conquering-big-words-word-attack-skills-for-unique-learners-mmxf1IvT?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

Description: The Enrichment Class (ages 10+) small group class helps dyslexic students become successful spellers by using the ultimate word study. I intertwine sight words, vocabulary, etymology, phonology, morphology, and even grammar for the ultimate word study.

Why This Class: Their success in spelling rolls into every subject and everything they do!!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15jFgZrHoPAVD1u7mzJHtBkmCNC9FPhTl1FofEn6C8hY/edit?usp=sharing

https://www.oakton.edu/user/3/gherrera/Greek%20and%20Latin%20Roots%20in%20English/greek_and_latin_roots.pdf  

Offered: Zoom.us, Tues. 1:00-1:30, Wednesdays 3:30-4:00 pm CST USA, That Is Convenient Other Times

Cost:  $20 per session

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Description: The Introduction to Thinking Maps, small group class (ages 7 plus), is a necessary intervention class for unique learners to strengthen students’ own  evaluative skills and develop their weaknesses in analysis, working memory, and organization into a strength. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic and visionary skills, inventing and innovating pursuits. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

Offered: Zoom.us, Wednesdays @10:15-11:00 am or Fridays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA, Other Times TBA

Cost: $20 per session

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: Introduction to Thinking Maps: A Great Strategy for Visual Learners: https://outschool.com/classes/introduction-to-thinking-maps-a-great-strategy-for-visual-learners-bIkIrcdg?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

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Description: This ELBERT™ is called Remembering Calm: Helping Those with a Neruodifference Enjoy Learning Again!! This a small group class for ages 12 plus which helps students examine every aspect of developing the skill of listening! The ELBERT Program promotes confidence, pleasurable learning, self-directed neuroplasticity, and connection (meaning & motivation) with calming spiritual and holistic methods such as meditation, affirmations, breathing and moving exercises. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We also have deep and holistic list-form thinking, problem-solving and building/constructing abilities, and tactile/ kinesthetic abilities. http://tcookedu.blog/2020/03/04/speaking-of-the-whole-child/

http://tcookedu.blog/2020/03/14/strengths-of-learning-differences/ 

https://myelbert.com/2020/02/27/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-our-very-own-dna-an-alternative-perspective-from-the-spirit-soul-and-body-cook-t-2020/#.Xw0NOyU1iaM 

Offered: Zoom.us, Tuesdays & Thursday 10:15-11:00 am or Wednesdays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA, Other Times TBA

Cost: $35 per session, $10 a session for Current Students!!

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: https://outschool.com/classes/elbert-listening-skills-training-for-students-with-unique-learning-differences-pjbuFTUy?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

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Description: This CMC small group class is a Creative Writing (Poetry & Short Story) ages (10 plus): Literacy intervention class that is great for students with literacy struggles to gain confidence in their writing. Includes list-form thinking, I use the way students think best and transform it into creative composition such as poetry, prose, and short stories. This class is also very systematic, structured, and sequential manner while I “follow the child”. Max. 4 per class.

Why This Class: We seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic, and visionary skills, inventing and innovating pursuits. https://play.google.com/books/reader?printsec=frontcover&output=reader&id=F3jJJgAAAEAJ&pg=GBS.PA6

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-poetry/

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-productivity-in-dyslexic-brain/

Offered: Zoom.us, Mondays & Fridays 10:30-11:00 am (poetry) or Mondays & Fridays (short story) 4:30-5:00 pm CST USA, Other Time TBA

Cost: $20 per session

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: The Coat of Many Colors (CMC): A Creative Writing Literacy Intervention Class: https://outschool.com/classes/the-coat-of-many-colors-a-creative-writing-literacy-intervention-class-W9a1rN0y?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

 

Enrichment Classes

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Description: Reading In Research: Historical Fact or Fiction is a small group class (ages12 plus) to develop vocabulary, text analysis, & comprehension through text research as well as to develop their reading fluency and active building of meaning. Max. 8 per class.

Why This Class: We often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

https://myelbert.com/2020/03/28/speaking-of-the-whole-child-again-where-did-you-get-the-inspiration-to-write-the-program-elbert/#.XxWNTOdOkl0

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/

Offered: Zoom.us, Tuesdays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA

Cost: $10 per session

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Description:  Reading In Research: Animal, Tales, & Legends is a  small group class (ages 7-11) to develop vocabulary, text analysis, & comprehension through text research as well as to develop their reading fluency and active building of meaning. Max. 8 per class.

Why This Class: We often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

https://myelbert.com/2020/03/28/speaking-of-the-whole-child-again-where-did-you-get-the-inspiration-to-write-the-program-elbert/#.XxWNTOdOkl0

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/

Offered: Zoom.us, Wednesdays 4:15-5:00 pm CST USA, Other Times TBA

Cost: $10 per session

Outschool Link [Outschool students ONLY]: Animal Myths, Tales, & Legends: Discovering Research In Literacy [for my Outschool students]: https://outschool.com/classes/animal-myths-tales-and-legends-discovering-research-in-literacy-XF7BqwVh?usid=6gxi3xHF&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link

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Description: Math: Applied Word Problems is a small group class (ages12 plus) where students create and solve word problems based on real-world needs & desired solutions. They see, maybe for the first time, how math can apply in their lives. They will use real-life issues and turn them into a word problem, with real computations, and solutions along with D. A. R. E. Math (Data, Analysis, Relate, & Evaluate).! Max. 6 per class.  Ex. Summer 2020 Class Project: https://www.canva.com/design/DAD-5eg3B-s/view?utm_content=DAD-5eg3B-s&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink

Why This Class: We also have deep and holistic list-form thinking, problem solving and building/constructing abilities, computer skills and gaming strategies. http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-create-and-solving-word-problems-based-on-real-world-needs-desired-solutions/

https://myelbert.com/2020/03/28/speaking-of-the-whole-child-again-where-did-you-get-the-inspiration-to-write-the-program-elbert/#.XxWNTOdOkl0

http://lookingtohealourownlearningdifference.org/

Offered: Zoom.us, Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm CST USA

Cost: $10 per session

 

Cook’s Evaluation Description and Cost

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Held Every Monday & Friday (current students take $10 off)

Cook’s Evaluation Cost

The Complete Elbert Evaluation including social/emotional domain, grade level, and complete learning difference screening (SLI, VPD, APD, SCP) including memory-abstract thinking, etc.  (takes 3 hours). The cost is $150 and includes a lengthy report for schools/families). Also includes a FIRST ONE FREE Consultation (30 min to discuss my observations).

 

The ELBERT partial screening includes learning differences screening  (SLI, VPD, APD, SCP). The cost is $90 including a lengthy report for schools/families.. Also includes a FIRST ONE FREE Consultation (30 min to discuss my observations).

 

 The OH Good Golly is $45 which includes just a dyslexia screening takes 45 min. Approximately. Note: with no report just a FIRST ONE FREE Consultation (30 min to discuss my observations).

-Coaching- $45 each session for 30 min.-$75 an hour (min. 2 times per week recommended). This is on a flex-schedule at your convenience. I’ll meet with you on Zoom.us to talk to you about a specific persons’ needs. First: Students need to get an evaluation first.

 -Consulting on Elbert Program- $65 an half-an-hour FIRST ONE FREE! Also, pay $135 for a week group One-on-One Course!  Coaching with you and possibly others (depending which you choose) helps you understand the program, the brain and more. Includes 235 pg. Booklet- $35.

I’m online and in-person (depending on where you live)! If you know someone who struggles with their learning and behavior please share. I meet people at http://zoom.us!

 

 

Thank you for purchasing my program. It means so much to me and let me know how I can help! -Tricia Cook Please share: Looking for Live Online Classes For Tutoring, Enrichment, & Intervention? https://spark.adobe.com/page/D0uOjA7arNBcz/

Resources: Why These Sessions, Classes, and Evaluations???

Strengths of a NeuroDifferences– Cook’s Independent Tutoring, Coaching & Consulting Links: http://tcookedu.blog/2020/03/14/strengths-of-learning-differences/ 

Brain research: http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/dyslexic-br ain/    

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-dyslexia-kelli-sandman-hurley?fbclid=IwAR2grf1e4vk_KsEgpgbxPvI5JFOt-TZUyAV_dkxfeThllwLgkckoRzPEH00  

What is Dyslexia? Everything You need to Know: https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S1-1.htm

What is stealth dyslexia? https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/blogs/the-inside-track/2015/03/04/stealth-dyslexia-how-some-dyslexic-students-escape-detection?_ul=1*qrde0a*domain_userid*YW1wLUNhT0MxSVo4UXpLRXg1bTlqUThORWc.

Multisensory Structured Language Teaching article/fact sheet: https://dyslexiaida.org/multisensory-structured-language-teaching/

Multisensory Teaching Approaches for Dyslexia: https://www.thoughtco.com/multisensory-approaches-for-dyslexia-3111175

What is CAPD and Filtering? https://therapyshoppe.com/therapists-corner/113-the-filter-that-changed-her-life

What are of  8 the most common VPD? https://www.churchillstl.org/learning-disability-resources/visual-processing-disorder/

https://ilslearningcorner.com/2016-06-oculomotor-dysfunction-why-my-child-skips-words-cant-cross-the-midline-experiences-double-vision/?fbclid=IwAR01uM41xmkihCeypiyIagKq2O7wNvZ4F3ryLWnbzSpkEuFYbDfa1-F-n5w

What is Irlen Syndrome?  https://irlen.com/what-is-irlen-syndrome/

What does a reading specialist with OG do? https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/treatments-approaches/working-with-clinicians/what-is-a-reading-specialist

Could your child have slow speed processing? https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/signs-symptoms/could-your-child-have/im-concerned-my-child-might-have-slow-processing-speed-now-what?_ul=1*qrde0a*domain_userid*YW1wLUNhT0MxSVo4UXpLRXg1bTlqUThORWc.

Should I  consider autism?Researchautism.org. (2019). [online] Available at: https://researchautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/An_Educators_Guide_to_Asperger_Syndrome.pdf [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Autism-watch.org. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.autism-watch.org/general/nimh.pdf [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Autismspeaks.org. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/2018-08/Parents%20Guide%20to%20Autism.pdf [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

https://www.ohsu.edu/sites/default/files/2019-04/ASD%20DSM-5%20Parent%20Interview%20Final%20%281%29.pdf viewed on 12/16/2019.

http://ccea.org.uk/sites/default/files/docs/curriculum/guidelines_general_strategies/sen-gifted_general_checklist.pdf viwed on 12/16/2019.

Should I consider ADHD? https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/adhd-and-anger-what-you-need-to-know?_ul=1*dgj4z7*domain_userid*YW1wLUNhT0MxSVo4UXpLRXg1bTlqUThORWc.

 

Other Resources:

Dyslexia & Literacy Difficulty – Link: https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/Media/Rosereport.pdf

Dyslexia in the Classroom What Every Teacher Needs to Know handbook from IDA: https://dyslexiaida.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DITC-Handbook.pdf

Cracking the Code of Dyslexia: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cracking-the-code-of-dyslexia/?fbclid=IwAR32hRWPQHZArF85Kqo1t7Tefo5tmNuXVCXeRJYVGvWf156j0pLcKSNguuQ

See Dyslexia Differently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11r7CFlK2sc#action=share

 Brain research: http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/dyslexic-brain/                                      

Understanding Dyslexia (Child Mind Institute):  https://childmind.org/article/understanding-dyslexia/

Why We Should Teach All Kids Like They Have Dyslexia: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/why-we-should-teach-all-pupils-if-they-have-dyslexia

20 Things Only Parents of Children with Dyslexia Would Understand: http://www.lifehack.org/285680/20-things-only-parents-children-with-dyslexia-would-understand

 Creating a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom: https://www.thoughtco.com/creating-a-dyslexia-friendly-classroom-3111082 

What I Wish Every Teacher Knew about Dyslexia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=303uulbfR3I

Multisensory Learning article: http://www.dyslexia-reading-well.com/multisensory-learning.html

Article from the University of Nebraska on the benefits of coteaching and helping students achieve: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1038&context=mathmidsummative

Dyslexia: What Every Educator Needs to Know from Reading Horizons: https://www.readinghorizons.com/Media/Default/Documents/Resources/Dyselxia%20E-Book.pdf

Working Together to Address Dyslexia in the Classroom: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8015698799059/WN_ew-UClTKR7KNsntlyDQlbA

Spelling “games”:  https://www.beatingdyslexia.com/spelling-games.html

Eight Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Reading: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/partnering-with-childs-school/instructional-strategies/8-multisensory-techniques-for-teaching-reading

Susan Norton teaches an Orton-Gillingham multisensory lesson with a 4th grade student video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiZvSvALo-4

Making Multisensory Tools for Your Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucm_Y5SnHVg#action=share

Using Multisensory Methods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWBjBq73oR4#action=share

Successful Careers: The Secrets of Adults with Dyslexia – http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/sites/default/files/SuccessfulCareersDyslexiaFink.pdf

Teacher Strategies for Dyslexics: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c38560bb98a78f7ba7097bd/t/5c3d6466758d469a54f349c9/1547527271766/dyslexia_handbook_teacherstrategies.pdf

How to Help Build a Dyslexic Child’s Self Esteem  https://www.dyslexiafriend.com/2010/07/how-to-help-build-dyslexic-childs-self.html

Five Steps to Boost a Young Dyslexic’s Self Confidence:https://blog.dyslexia.com/five-steps-to-boost-a-young-dyslexics-self-confidence/

Assistive Technology Suggestions:

Geemarc Wireless Keyboard and Mouse: http://www.dyslexic.com/product/geemarc-wireless-keyboard-and-mouse/

iPad Dyslexia Keyboard: https://www.ghotit.com/iPad-dyslexia-keyboard/

Monster 2 Keyboard: http://www.dyslexic.com/blog/monster-2-keyboard/

FREE Dyslexia Resource Links from Clever Classroom: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Dyslexia-Resource-Links-353776

Nine Ways to Build Phonological Awareness in Pre-K and Kindergarten: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/9-ways-to-build-phonological-awareness-in-pre-k-and-kindergarten

 

75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in Class:https://www.nwea.org/blog/2019/75-digital-tools-apps-teachers-use-to-support-classroom-formative-assessment/

#dyslexia, #dyslexiahelp, #elbert, #epigentics, #learningdifference, #neurodiversity#myelbert: Checkout https://myelbert.com, #neurounderstanding, #RAS

 

Speaking of the Whole Child again: where did you get the inspiration to write the program ELBERT™?

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Maria Montessori defines “spirituality” as one of the domains of Early Childhood Education and Development. I’ve been a Montessorian since around 2006 and teacher trainer since 2008. The thought of adding “spirituality” to kids education was in my Montessori training and practice of methodology. It’s also embedded in her Motessori philosophy. What’s interesting: About eight years ago, I also attempted to add “spirituality” into the domains of development into one of my ECE teachers’ training; not surprisingly, it was “shot down” by my supervisor instantly. I can not let go of even the yearning and need to add “spirituality” to the way I teach those with dyslexia and other neurodifferences with, of course, meeting their other needs such as cognitive and sensory-motor needs.

I have been tutoring since 2001; for about five years since my O-G training, I have been working heavily with students with dyslexia. I was blending Montessori and O-G methods and even came up with a program named, Oh Good Golly. To me using multi-sensory, individualized, sequential methods etc.. are key to helping students with learning differences; but a year ago, I was getting the guilt feeling of not “meeting the needs of the whole child”. Therefore, I started on writing my new Program Named ELBERT™ which is an intervention program to help students and training program to help parents and teachers to better understand learning differences and challenges.

Therefore, please read my recent and now getting internationally recognized article (link below) which is now the basis of my Elbert program http://www.myelbert.com: Join in a discussion about my article: Looking to Heal Our Own [Learning] Difference Through Our Very Own DNA. HERE: https://myelbert.com/2020/02/27/looking-to-heal-our-own-learning-difference-through-our-very-own-dna-an-alternative-perspective-from-the-spirit-soul-and-body-cook-t-2020/

JOIN PRIVATE FACEBOOK DISCUSSION HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/674837429989341/?ref=share

ANNOUNCEMENT: Starts 5/25/2020- your child can join online for  ELBERT™ SUMMER Fun SERIES SCHEDULE email tcooktutoring@gmail.com or press here: BOOK NOW  

Best Regards, Tricia Cook, Reading Specialist, Behavioral & Dyslexia Interventionist, O-G AA Tutor & Montessorian

To read more about Maria Montessori: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fully-human/201910/one-the-20th-centurys-greatest-educators

Montessori Methodology- read more here: https://kindredspiritslearning.com/2020/01/27/bite-sized-montessori/

Speaking of the Whole Child again: where did you get the inspiration to write the program ELBERT™?

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Maria Montessori image provided by psychologytoday.com

Maria Montessori defines “spirituality” as one of the domains of Early Childhood Education and Development. I’ve been a Montessorian since around 2006 and teacher trainer since 2008. The thought of adding “spirituality” to kids’ education was in my Montessori training and practice of methodology. It’s also embedded in her Montessori philosophy. What’s interesting: About eight years ago, I also attempted to add “spirituality” into the domains of development into one of my ECE teachers’ training; not surprisingly, it was “shot down” by my supervisor instantly. I can not let go of even the yearning and need to add “spirituality” to the way I teach those with dyslexia and other neurodifferences with, of course, meeting their other needs such as cognitive and sensory-motor needs.

I have been tutoring since 2001; for about five years since my O-G training, I have been working heavily with students with dyslexia. I was blending Montessori and O-G methods and even came up with a program named, Oh Good Golly. To me using multi-sensory, individualized, sequential methods etc.. are key to helping students with learning differences; but a year ago, I was getting the guilt feeling of not “meeting the needs of the whole child”. Therefore, I started on writing my new Program Named ELBERT™ which is an intervention program to help students and training programs to help parents and teachers to better understand learning differences and challenges. This  ELBERT™ program is a hybrid of elements from Montessori and Orton-Gillingham and based on my own inductive reasoning and a detective sense contributed to my own gift of dyslexia, certifications, credentials, and experiences including countless hours of student observations, educational research, and studies along with my perpetual care for children. Similar to the Montessori philosophy, the Free The Literacy International Online Course by Dr. Vincent Goetry, Course Director, and Dyslexia International, based off of his recommendations, the dyslexic students need to be provided a safe, secure and happy environment by bearing in mind that children with dyslexia usually need several approaches in order to (Read on 7/17/20, https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/Intro.htm):

·Encourage risk-taking in class, by persuading them to raise their hands even if they have doubts about their answers

·’Help’ them to give correct answers

·Avoid putting them in situations of failure in front of the others

·Reinforce self-esteem in class

·Preserve their self-esteem when marking their work

Encourage risk-taking in class, by persuading them to raise their hands even if they have doubts about their answers:

In my mind, a child who is coached by an adult to be their own advocate- won’t care what others think of them and do what’s best for their own learning. As Dr. Shultz (2015) reminds us to educate them on dyslexia and being their own advocate by telling us about: “The E in the De-Stress Model means to Education. And by that, I mean to educate the child about his or her condition. Until the child understands that she has a learning disability or ADHD and it’s having this or that impact on learning, you don’t engage the child in his own self-care. And that’s a problem. Otherwise, it’s adults doing things to kids, for kids, about kids. I think we’re missing the boat because we don’t educate kids well enough. They don’t advocate well for themselves. They don’t get it. They just think there are a lot of adults hanging around them making them do stuff that’s too hard for them. Once they get it, it’s wonderful. It’s a great thing to see.” Read on 7/17/20,  https://www.kidsinthehouse.com/special-needs/learning-disabilities/the-de-stress-method-to-help-kids-succeed; https://dyslexiaida.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DITC-Handbook.pdf; https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/Inside-the-Montessori-Classroom/Early-Childhood 

Personally, I talk to my students about being their own advocate and educate them on their capabilities and their own brain. They learn to speak out because they know that their thinking is unique and just as important as anyone else’s viewpoint/ideas. I actually write in my evaluation that the students and their parents give and encourage them opportunities to develop agency for something that they believe in whether it be animal rights, racial injustice, disability rights, advocacy, and dyslexia awareness/education!!

Lastly, I give them tools and strategies such as “thinking maps” because it’s not their thoughts, beliefs, and ideas that are so much shamed by others but the way in our disorganized communication that gets others to shame us. The thinking maps are done visually in their heads that help them to organize their own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas in an analytical way for others to understand better!!

‘Help’ them to give correct answers: 

First, being a Montessorian, Maria’s philosophy is all about facilitating the child’s learning. This means that you trust and respect the child. I think they may know more than myself and I’m in their service. I serve the child not in the mindset that because I’m the adult that I necessarily know more- BUT, I do have them feel safe, secure, and happy at the same time. This takes a balance and an uncanny open-mindedness!!

Secondly, in the Montessori philosophy, there is a cycle of activity. “This cycle respects individual variations in the learning process facilitates the development of coordination, concentration, independence, and a sense of order while facilitating your child’s assimilation of information.” Read on 7/17/2020, https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/Inside-the-Montessori-Classroom/Early-Childhood

Third, I ‘help’ them to give correct answers by not saying, ‘no or that’s not right’ when referring to an answer to a question. In my classes, the students are also safe and secure amongst their peers because I never discourage any thought, belief, and idea. If I have questions about it, I will ask to have them think. In turn, It usually persuades me to rethink my own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas!!! Love my kids and their “outside-of-the-box thinking”! On the other hand, I can take their answer and work with their answer by assimilating what I know that they have in their background knowledge and experience to the new skill, the content of the question that I’m presenting to them.   

 

Avoid putting them in situations of failure in front of the others: 

I’m a fan of Dr. Shultz and reading about his work in the IDA Handbook!! Dr. Shultz (2015) puts those with dyslexia on even “playing ground” which will set them up to succeed. “The R in the De-Stress Model means Reduce the threat. That means take the fear out of the environment for the child. If the child, for example, is intimidated by working in a large class filled with 26 or 30 kids, provide some time for small group instruction. However, if a child is stressed by being in a small group because all the attention is focused on him, then think about that when you create the space in which learning is supposed to occur. “

He also talks about, “The T in the De-Stress Model means to Teach the child the skills that she needs to be successful. We’ve talked about looking at her strengths and her weaknesses. But unless she has tools she can use consistently and regularly that are going to allow her to be successful, she won’t’ be, it’s random. So if there’s a particular method of reading instruction or math instruction or social skills interaction that you know from experience will be helpful for this child, teach her how to do those kinds of things. Let her rehearse those kinds of things in a safe environment. Don’t put her on stage without any preparation. Otherwise, she’ll experience yet again another failure. We don’t want to have that happen.” Read on 7/17/20 https://www.kidsinthehouse.com/special-needs/learning-disabilities/the-de-stress-method-to-help-kids-succeed; https://dyslexiaida.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DITC-Handbook.pdf

I “follow the child” in my lessons and informal observations dictate what they learn. Likewise, my instruction is systematic, direct, and sequential in manner. I work on levels with 90% mastery!! They can only move on when ready, not based on where others would consider them to be or need to be. https://greenspringmontessori.org/montessori-mastery-a-learning-process-for-life/; https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S1-1.htm & https://www.dyslexia-and-literacy.international/ONL/EN/Course/S3-1.htm 

Lastly, I personally pair them with students who will mentor and uplift them. I carefully set up my small and individual pairs for collaborative work. They can grow in connection with these other students because again the careful pairing will set them up for success. 

 

Reinforce self-esteem in class:

Independence and self-regulatory behavior are in direct correlation to gaining and keeping one’s self-esteem.  In Montessori, we don’t use any outside reinforcement and believe all self-esteem and regulatory behavior needs to be positively internalized. I try to give my students tools and strategies to self-regulate. I don’t use prizes, sticker charts, and such. I ask them, ‘how did it make you feel when you completed such and such all by yourself’. At the same time, I do want them to know that I am proud of them!! This again takes balance!!

I am not a fan of ABA because it shows immediate changes/results in a child’s behavior and actions. It is not long-lasting like self-directed neuroplasticity. To help save their self-esteem, they need to know that they are in control independently as it relates to their actions and behavior by having self-directed neuroplasticity. Going along with Montessori again, I trust the child in their actions and behaviors- I try very hard sometimes in being open to understanding why they chose to do what they do. In turn, I help them to think positively about themselves and their actions which is the biggest self-esteem saver!! Read on 7/17/20, https://amshq.org/About-Montessori/Inside-the-Montessori-Classroom/Early-Childhood 

Dr. Shults (2015)  states, “The S in the De-Stress Model has to do with Speculate. And for me, that means, sitting down with the child and speculating with the child, what do you bring to this learning task that’s going to help you be successful? A child might say, I don’t know what you mean by that, and you can say, you know what? When you take things apart, you do a really good job at that. Or when you get in front of people and you do your comedy routine, you’re really great at that. Those are all strengths” Also, “S means success. And success means once you build a foundation for success by reducing stress and building confidence and building competence, success builds upon success. That’s an important part of the model. The final S in the De-Stress Model has to do with strategizing, thinking ahead. You’re saying to the child, now that you know these things, you know what’s going on in the brain, you know the impact of stress on your learning, you’ve been taught strategies to work on these things, take what you’ve learned here and try to apply that to the very next thing that you’re going to be asked to do. You can do it. And you know you can do it. And I hope that this.De-Stress Model helps kids get to that point of success.” Read on 7/17/20 https://www.kidsinthehouse.com/special-needs/learning-disabilities/the-de-stress-method-to-help-kids-succeed; https://dyslexiaida.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DITC-Handbook.pdf

 

Preserve their self-esteem when marking their work:

I have not used red ink in probably 20 years. I literally threw away all my red ink pens!! No joke..I have dyslexia and other learning differences. As a child, It killed me more than any to see my creative writing all marked up with a red pen with a frowny face or test for that matter. One year, I went into an already established and set-up PreK classroom, I threw away all the red pens that I found!! 

I use learning conferences instead of marking their work. This way we are a team. They are directed by using rubrics that we make together!! Now, the rubrics are key along with the learning conferences. This way they know my expectations and what I “believe in” them that they may not even know yet that they can accomplish. If they think something is impossible, I will listen and take into consideration and “meet them where they are”. 

If they think they can’t do something, then they pretty much can’t because I know, “you create your own reality’. I talk to them about envisioning what they want to see happening in their work and share it with me. This is where goal setting is absolutely key!! During learning conferences, it is so important to revisit those goals and recognize their self-esteem when goals are met then set new goals!! Read on 7/17/20, http://www.moedu-sail.org/lessons/developing-using-learning-rubrics/ 

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More References: Bailey, E. (n.d.). How Multisensory Classrooms Help Children with Dyslexia. Retrieved July 18, 2020, from https://www.thoughtco.com/multisensory-approaches-for-dyslexia-3111175

To read more about Maria Montessori: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fully-human/201910/one-the-20th-centurys-greatest-educators

Montessori Methodology- read more here: https://kindredspiritslearning.com/2020/01/27/bite-sized-montessori/

 

Best Regards, Tricia Cook, Reading Specialist, Behavioral & Dyslexia Interventionist, O-G AA Tutor & Montessorian

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