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Does your child struggle with reading and writing? Do you suspect they have dyslexia? Real world answers to all your questions about dyslexia and ways to help your child is exactly what your get when you tune into the Literacy Untangled Podcast with your host, educator and dyslexia interventionist, Jennie Sjursen. Her specialty? Breaking down the complexities of dyslexia into everyday language, strategies, and action steps. Tune in, get inspired, and discover why parents across the globe reach out to Jennie for advice and support on all things related to dyslexia, reading, writing, academic testing, school supports, and IEP’s. Start finding answers to your questions today!

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Does your child struggle with reading and writing? Do you suspect they have dyslexia? Real world answers to all your questions about dyslexia and ways to help your child is exactly what your get when you tune into the Literacy Untangled Podcast with your host, educator and dyslexia interventionist, Jennie Sjursen. Her specialty? Breaking down the complexities of dyslexia into everyday language, strategies, and action steps. Tune in, get inspired, and discover why parents across the globe reach out to Jennie for advice and support on all things related to dyslexia, reading, writing, academic testing, school supports, and IEP’s. Start finding answers to your questions today!

    #7 After the Dyslexia Diagnosis: Setting Up the IEP and Making Educational Decisions

    #7 After the Dyslexia Diagnosis: Setting Up the IEP and Making Educational Decisions

    In this episode, we explore how your child's evaluation informs the structure of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the educational decisions you make for them. I explain the two requirements that must be met for your child to qualify for an IEP, share examples of learning goals and services, and highlight some red flags that you should look out for during these conversations. 

     

    After it’s determined that your child has a Specific Learning Disability (SLD), the first decision that needs to be made is whether your child qualifies for a 504 or an IEP. I get into the nuances between the two options and dive into the IEP process. I detail what should be included in your child’s IEP and what kind of conversations you can expect to have with the specialists at your child’s school. 

     

    Listen in to learn more about how to set your child up for success with a goal-oriented and bespoke IEP. 

     

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    Topics Covered:


    Why more goals do not make for a stronger IEP
    What to do there is a wide divide between what the school is offering and what you want for your child 
    The two most commonly-known and respected Orton-Gillingham approaches 
    What terms and qualifications to look out for in your child’s IEP 

     

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    Want more information about what an evaluation should include? Check out our Evaluation Checklist! 

     

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    • 10 min
    #6 Understanding the Different Types of Dyslexia

    #6 Understanding the Different Types of Dyslexia

    One of the most common misconceptions about dyslexia is that everyone who is diagnosed with it experiences the same challenges. Because dyslexia is a spectrum disorder, no two dyslexics are exactly the same. On today’s episode, I break down the three main types of dyslexia, what characterizes them, and why it’s so important to understand what type of dyslexia your child has. 

     

    The three types of dyslexia are Phonological, Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN), and Double Deficit. These are the umbrella terms that pinpoint exactly what a dyslexic struggles with. The severity is characterized as mild, medium-to-moderate, or severe. 

     

    Phonological Dyslexia refers to difficulties in matching sounds to symbols and breaking down the sounds of language. RAN Dyslexia is typically linked to reading processing and speed. Double Deficit Dyslexia is a combination of the two and refers to people who struggle with naming speed and identifying the sounds in words.

     

    Listen in to learn more about the signs and symptoms of all three types of dyslexia. 

     

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    Topics Covered:


    The three original categories of dyslexia 
    Subcategories that are popping up in some dyslexia discourse 
    Why Phonological dyslexics typically have a low reading stamina 
    Why RAN dyslexics often struggle with idioms or sayings 
    An analogy to help illustrate why no two dyslexics are the same 

     

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    • 7 min
    #5 {Guest Spotlight} 80 Years of Living with Dyslexia: the ups and downs with Arne Sjursen

    #5 {Guest Spotlight} 80 Years of Living with Dyslexia: the ups and downs with Arne Sjursen

    October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and I’m celebrating by highlighting the successful dyslexics in my life and those around us. One of the biggest inspirations behind my career and this podcast has been my dad, Arne Sjursen. He was diagnosed with dyslexia almost two decades ago at the age of 42 and describes the mix of emotions that he felt when he found out.

     

    My dad was a student in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Back then, there was a lack of compassion and understanding of different learning abilities. He was often forced to read in front of his classmates, which resulted in humiliation, bullying, and poor grades. He eventually made it to college at The University of Tampa, but because he was constrained to the same timed tests as his non-dyslexic peers, he struggled to keep his grades up.

     

    Despite his frustrations as a student, my dad went on to become a successful businessman. He was known for his compelling presentations, the way he could read the room, and his sharp memory. In our conversation, he shares his advice for other people struggling with dyslexia and his message for parents of children with dyslexia. He also talks about how he has fallen in love with reading during this stage of his life and has been continuing his education with the newfound reading comprehension tools that he’s gained

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    Topics Covered:


    How my dad discovered that he was dyslexic
    The most helpful tools that my dad has learned since being diagnosed
    What people get wrong or misunderstand about dyslexia
    Why my dad wouldn’t change his diagnosis
    Ways to support your child with dyslexia

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    • 20 min
    #4 Dyslexia Diagnosis Evaulations - What should they include?

    #4 Dyslexia Diagnosis Evaulations - What should they include?

    Dyslexia diagnostic evaluations are individually administered and look specifically for your child's strengths and weaknesses, and how greatly their skills differ from their peers. On today’s episode, I break down exactly what a good evaluation should include, the difference between a screening and diagnostic evaluation, and what skills the assessments look at. I also explain the information that you need to provide for your child’s evaluation, including any previous interventions and family history, as well as the sub-tests that should be included in the evaluation. 

     

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    Topics Covered:


    The primary focus of dyslexia screenings 
    What a norm-referenced assessment is and how it’s used in dyslexia evaluations 
    Why the evaluator needs to know if your child’s school has previously tried any interventions 
    The most commonly used assessments 
    Examples of the three areas of phonological processing that you child should be tested on 
    Skills and subjects outside of reading and writing that should be evaluated 

     

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    • 10 min
    #1 Dyslexia Defined

    #1 Dyslexia Defined

    Welcome to the first episode of Literacy Untangled! Today, I’m breaking down the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of dyslexia and describing the outcomes of someone living with this neurological disability. 

     

    One in five people is diagnosed with dyslexia, but what does it actually mean? In short, it unexpectedly affects a person's ability to process written language and can lead to problems with reading comprehension, limited vocabulary, and limited background knowledge. Tune in to learn more about what dyslexia is and how it shows up in learning environments. 

     

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    Topics Covered:


    What a neurobiological disability is 
    Examples of seeing and processing information differently
    Why people with dyslexia often struggle with reading comprehension 
    What is included (and excluded) under the umbrella of Specific Learning Disabilities
    Characteristics and consequences of dyslexia 

     

    Resources Mentioned:


    International Dyslexia Association  

     

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    • 7 min
    #3 How to Get Your Child Evaluated and Identified

    #3 How to Get Your Child Evaluated and Identified

    We’ve established what dyslexia is and how to spot it in your child, so what’s the next step? On today’s episode, I walk you through how to get your child assessed and identified as dyslexic. I explain who you should consult with, how to find the right neuropsychologist for your family, and the two paths you can take to get your child evaluated. I break down the pros and cons of both the public and private options, and I lay out what to do once you have the full evaluation report. 

     

    Listen to the episode on Spotify, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast platform.

     

    Topics Covered:


    Common misconceptions about being diagnosed with dyslexia 
    The type of professional clinicians who assess specific learning disabilities 
    Why it’s so important to check the evaluation requirements of your child’s school
    The expected timeline of public school and private evaluation routes
    What to do if your child's school tells you there's no evidence your child has a disability

     

    Resources Mentioned:


    International Dyslexia Association  

     

    Connect: 


    Visit my website 
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    Download my FREE guide: Dyslexia Defined 

    • 9 min

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