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More Than Words is for parents and people working with children who notice that their child is struggling to keep up with their peers, be it academically, socially, or emotionally. In each episode we share resources, guidance, and a sense of assurance on the path to helping your child.

More Than Words: Treating the Whole Child The Reading and Language Learning Center

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More Than Words is for parents and people working with children who notice that their child is struggling to keep up with their peers, be it academically, socially, or emotionally. In each episode we share resources, guidance, and a sense of assurance on the path to helping your child.

    Removing Before and After School Roadblocks for Student Success with Amy Mounce & Shari Perry

    Removing Before and After School Roadblocks for Student Success with Amy Mounce & Shari Perry

    In today’s episode, we’re talking to Amy Mounce & Shari Perry about removing before and after-school roadblocks for student success. Amy & Shari are the owners of Proactive Strategies & Solutions where they equip all stakeholders with the knowledge base and strategic approaches to facilitate children and adolescents’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional success. They are based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, but provide both in-person and virtual services throughout the country. Today we will answer these questions:
    What roadblocks are parents seeing before & after school?
    Why are students experiencing these roadblocks? 
    How can parents get to the root cause of these roadblocks to help remove them?
    Let’s go through some example scenarios/questionsHow do I help my child when they say they don’t understand the homework or what was taught in school?   
    What can I do when my child comes home with incomplete and unorganized materials?
    Even with constant reminders, my child cannot complete their morning or afternoon routines, why is that and how can I better assist them?
    How do I help my child when they have meltdowns before going to school?
    How do I help my child when they have meltdowns at homework time?

     
    More about Amy
    As a passionate educator, Amy is dedicated to empowering students, families, and educators to improve students’ success across all domains.  While student, staff, and school communities’ needs are ever-changing, having a systematic, data-driven approach to identify needs and proactively modify approaches, strategies, and supports results in improved academic and social-emotional success of students and educators.  As an experienced certified special educator in public and private institutions at multiple levels for students with varying disabilities including learning disabilities, Autism, OHI, anxiety, vision impairments, and twice-exceptional, university instructor and teacher intern supervisor, educational diagnostician, advocate, and parent and educator trainer for over 25 years and a mother of two, Amy understands the importance of working proactively and collaboratively with stakeholders to create effective and sustainable supports across settings to meet academic and social-emotional needs of clients.
     
    More about Shari
    As a lifelong special educator, Shari is dedicated to the success of all students. Over her 30-year career, she has acted as a liaison between students, families, school staff, and community support agencies at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Shari has vast experience in both comprehensive and alternative school settings, supporting students with specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, autism, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and those identified as twice exceptional. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a unique set of challenges for schools, families, and students. As a mother, Shari has seen the impact both at home and at work. Her expertise in various parts of the educational field enables her to utilize proven and current data-driven strategies that yield comprehensive, structured plans of support customized to meet the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of her clients.
     
    Links and Resources:
    Their practice: https://www.proactivestrategiessolutions.com/
    Make sure to subscribe and follow us on social media so you never miss an episode!
    Website: http://www.readingllcenter.com 
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readingllcenter 
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/readingllcenter 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlbl8Ea8DJFADaNU9ZK1Vw 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-reading-and-language-learning-center 

    • 39 min
    Occupational Therapy Home Exercises For Handwriting with Aubrey Huntsman

    Occupational Therapy Home Exercises For Handwriting with Aubrey Huntsman

    In today’s episode, we’re talking to Aubrey Huntsman about occupational therapy handwriting exercises you can do at home. Aubrey is the Lead Occupational Therapist at The Arc of Loudoun/Aurora Behavior Clinic in Loudoun County Virginia. Today we will answer these questions:
     
    How does occupational therapy help handwriting?
    What kind of handwriting warrants the help of an OT?
    What makes it difficult for students to have neat handwriting?
    What do students need to be aware of to improve their handwriting (pencil grasp, line height, letter sizing, etc.)?
    What exercises can parents use at home to improve handwriting?
    Who might benefit from these exercises?
    Do these exercises work for a child without dysgraphia who might just need help making their writing a bit more legible?
     
    More about Aubrey:
     
    Aubrey is the Lead Clinical Occupational Therapist at the Aurora Behavior Clinic! She is from New England originally and moved to Northern VA in 2020. Aubrey graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with her Bachelor of Health Science in 2018 and again with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2019. She has been in the field for 3 years and has experience in both pediatrics and geriatrics. Aubrey has worked at Skilled Nursing Facilities, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals, and Pediatric Outpatient Clinics, working closely with other disciplines and a variety of diagnoses throughout the years. She is currently on the road to becoming a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, as she gains more knowledge in working with children with ASD through each course.
     
    She has always had a passion for working with children ever since her early days working in daycares and developing additional clinical experience in early intervention and pediatric clinics in college. As a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Aubrey has attended conferences and participated in professional development opportunities such as guest lectures and hands-on activities to increase her knowledge of the ever-growing field. 
     
    Throughout her time at the Aurora Behavior Clinic, Aubrey has co-founded two programs. She has begun the Feeding Therapy Program and the Play and Say Group, alongside their speech therapist! Aubrey is always looking for ways to grow their clinic, which is evident in these early advances she has made!
     
    Links and Resources:
    The Arc of Loudoun: https://abc.thearcofloudoun.org/ 
     
    Make sure to subscribe and follow us on social media so you never miss an episode!
    Website: http://www.readingllcenter.com 
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readingllcenter 
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/readingllcenter 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlbl8Ea8DJFADaNU9ZK1Vw
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-reading-and-language-learning-center

    • 39 min
    Raising A Future Reader With Lynn Klaiman

    Raising A Future Reader With Lynn Klaiman

    In today’s episode, we’re talking to Lynn Klaiman about Raising A Future Reader. Lynn is an educational specialist in the DC area who specializes in helping parents find educational solutions for their unique students. Today we will answer these questions:
     
    At what age should you introduce literacy concepts?
    What are some ways you can support literacy at home?
    What are some ways you can support literacy while you’re out of the house (running errands, on a road trip, visiting with friends, etc.)
    What are some things you should avoid doing when promoting literacy in your little ones?
    Should you teach your child the alphabet before kindergarten?
    When can you start encouraging your child to read?
    When should parents worry that their child isn’t reading?
     
    More about Lynn
    Lynn is a teacher, author, learning specialist, and private educational consultant. Lynn is proud to have worked in some of the very best schools in NYC and DC such as Dalton, Sidwell Friends, and Georgetown Day School. Most recently, Lynn worked as the lower school learning specialist for over a decade at Georgetown Day School. In my many years working with children, she truly enjoyed learning what makes each child unique.
    Lynn especially enjoys those “ah-ha” moments when kids make the connections needed to succeed at what was once challenging for them. By helping children discover their innate capacity to learn, she sets them on a path to unlock imagination, innovation, and all the possibilities in their life’s journey. She’s seen again and again that with the right tools and support, including working closely with parents, all children can feel confident and successful. Lynn is excited to share with you and your child the tools and tips that I have collected along the way.
    ​Currently, she lives in Washington, DC with her amazing husband. She has two grown children who make her very proud. For fun, she likes to take long walks with friends, go boating on the South River, swim in the ocean, read novels, and try new restaurants.

    Links and Resources:
    Lynn’s practice: https://www.lynnklaimaneducation.com
     
    Make sure to subscribe and follow us on social media so you never miss an episode!
    Website: http://www.readingllcenter.com 
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readingllcenter 
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/readingllcenter 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlbl8Ea8DJFADaNU9ZK1Vw 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-reading-and-language-learning-center

    • 30 min
    Stealth Dyslexia with Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch

    Stealth Dyslexia with Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch

    In today’s episode, we’re talking to Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch about Stealth Dyslexia. Dr. Kalbfleish is an educational psychologist & cognitive neuroscientist with offices in Virginia and New Mexico. Dr. Kalbfleisch works with adults of all ages, parents, and their kids to maximize the results of testing from educational and clinical assessments through coaching and skill development. She recently released a book Teaching to Every Kid’s Potential: Simple Neuroscience Lessons to Liberate Learners to help anyone and everyone on their journey to best understanding their children and students.  Today we will answer these questions:
     
    What is stealth dyslexia and is it different from dyslexia?
    What are the red flags of stealth dyslexia as opposed to those of dyslexia?
    How does stealth dyslexia manifest in the classroom and at home?
    Do students with stealth dyslexia often get misdiagnosed and if so what misdiagnosis do they get?
    How do students get proper diagnoses?
    What age do students get diagnosed? Is it often older than those with the “typical” dyslexia red flags? 
    What support should students receive?
     
    Links and Resources:
    Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch’s Practice: https://the2e.com/
    Teaching to Every Kid’s Potential,  Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch’s Book: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393713084 
    Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch’s Editorial we referenced: https://the2e.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FFXTM_0816_Kalbfleisch_editorial.pdf
    Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrLayneK
    Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.laynekalbfleisch/
     
    Make sure to subscribe and follow us on social media so you never miss an episode!
    Website: http://www.readingllcenter.com 
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readingllcenter 
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/readingllcenter 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlbl8Ea8DJFADaNU9ZK1Vw 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-reading-and-language-learning-center 

    • 25 min
    Coaching Parents To See Beyond Their Children’s Behavior With Jen Dryer

    Coaching Parents To See Beyond Their Children’s Behavior With Jen Dryer

    In today’s episode, we’re talking to Jen Dryer about Coaching Parents To See Beyond Their Children’s Behavior. Jen is a parent coach, advocate, and educational consultant in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area. Jen specializes in supporting families and teachers of neuro-different children. 
    Today we will answer these questions:
    Why would a parent need coaching?
    Who needs parent coaching?
    What does parent coaching look like?
    How long does parent coaching normally last?
    How do you help parents see beyond their child’s behavior if it’s disruptive?
    Should parents and their children receive their own separate support at the same time? If so, should they receive support from the same provider? 
    What benefits do parents see after getting coaching?
     
    More about Jen
     
    Jen Dryer, MA, is a parent coach, advocate and educational consultant who supports families and teachers of neuro-different children. Jen has more than 20 years of experience working with children, families, and teachers in both NYC and DC as a public school teacher, staff developer, and parent advocate. Her younger son is autistic and has ADHD, and her older son has ADHD.
    Jen wants to help parents feel seen, heard, and understood in the challenges they face raising an Orchid Kid. Her goal is to empower them to better understand and support the child who is in front of them, rather than the child who they wished they had been tasked to raise. 
    Realizing the power of community and connection in weathering the challenges of raising neuro-different children, she wants to assist parents in connecting with others who are navigating similar paths. 
    Jen values giving parents the space to reflect on what they really want, while stripping away the “shoulds” and the perspectives of those around them (family, peers, teachers, society, etc.). Her desire is to empower them to connect with their own internal values as they find creative ways to allow their Orchid Kid to feel loved, appreciated, connected, and competent. 

    Links and Resources:
    Jen’s practice: https://www.raisingorchidkids.com/
    Make sure to subscribe and follow us on social media so you never miss an episode!
    Website: http://www.readingllcenter.com 
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readingllcenter 
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/readingllcenter 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlbl8Ea8DJFADaNU9ZK1Vw 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-reading-and-language-learning-center 

    • 1 hr
    Testing Accommodations with Jonathon Wilkins

    Testing Accommodations with Jonathon Wilkins

    In today’s episode, we’re talking to Jonathon Wilkins about testing accommodations. Jonathon is the Director of Advising and Outreach at Top Score Education in the DC Metro Area. Top Score Education is one-on-one in-home & virtual test prep, tutoring, and skills-based learning individualized for each child.
    Today we will answer these questions:
    What do testing accommodations look like?
    What kind of testing can students get accommodations for?
    Why would a student need accommodations?
    How does a parent get these accommodations?
    When should parents request accommodations?
    How can students self advocate and remind their teachers that they need accommodations?
    How do these accommodations affect the student’s academic success?
     
    More about Jonathon
    As Top Score’s Director of Advising and Outreach, Jonathon partners with prospective and current families to design customized academic programs for their children. Jonathon is passionate about helping families find the best education solutions for their kids. In addition to advising Top Score families, Jonathon works towards scaling Top Score’s impact by developing meaningful external partnerships with schools, education consultants, college counselors, summer camps, and other organizations that align with our mission.
    If you’d like to reach out to Jonathon, you can contact him at advisor@topscoreedu.com. 
    Before joining Top Score, Jonathon worked in private school admissions, marketing, communication, and advancement. His work in education started as a high school math teacher, and he has always been passionate about positively impacting students’ lives.  
    Originally from Vermont, Jonathon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Mathematics from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from George Washington University. In his free time, Jonathon enjoys spending time with his family and friends, boating on the Potomac, and trying out new restaurants.

    Links and Resources:
    Top Score Education’s website: https://topscoreedu.com/
    Top Score Education on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopScoreEducation/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/topscoreofficial/ 
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/topscoreedu 

     
    Make sure to subscribe and follow us on social media so you never miss an episode!
    Website: http://www.readingllcenter.com 
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/readingllcenter 
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/readingllcenter 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWlbl8Ea8DJFADaNU9ZK1Vw
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-reading-and-language-learning-center

    • 20 min

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Great topics and very educational! Definitely ones I share with clinicians and families ! Keep up the great work!

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