Author Archives: Janis Arnold

It’s Only Pretend Reading, but It’s a Giant Step in the Right Direction

July 2016 In this video, Aleczander is reading a predictable pattern book. The book was given to him by Miss Shelley, a dyslexia teacher who was employed by Aleczander’s previous school to give him 12 1-1 lessons during the summer … Continue reading

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Kids with Dyslexia Aren’t Stupid, Pass it On . . .

Henry Winkler, author of 17 Here’s Hank books, uses personal life experiences as his literary inspiration for Hank Zipzer, a bright, creative, little boy who knows that, while he can’t read and write like other kids do, he isn’t stupid. … Continue reading

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Did You Know That Henry Winkler Has Dyslexia?

Just like The Fonz, Aleczander, age 8, has dyslexia. Aleczander also has dysgraphia and oral motor disfluency. The fact that Aleczander is a third grader at Salem Sayers Baptist Academy and no longer attends his public school can be summed … Continue reading

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Finally An Educational Program That Conveys Meaningful Academic Benefit

Kids like Aleczander need multi-sensory instruction utilizing Orton-Gillingham time tested methods in order to learn to read and write. In addition to being enrolled in a third grade classroom at a private school, Aleczander was able to attend an after school dyslexia program … Continue reading

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Lunch Bunch 2016-17

Lunch Bunch at Alamo Heights UMC has been going strong for 44 years . . . Last Thursday over sixty volunteers geared up to serve close to two hundred meals to almost two hundred people.

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9.1.17 Third Grade Begins

  9.1.17          Third Grade Begins Aleczander, age 8,  has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and oral motor disfluency, something speech therapists call apraxia. He’s been struggling to learn to read, write and talk like other boys and girls all … Continue reading

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Aleczander November 2015-May 2017

November 2015: I met Aleczander when he was halfway through first grade and his parents asked me to help them figure out what was going so badly wrong for him at the public school. Aleczander’s articulation skills were less than those … Continue reading

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First of All, Do No Harm

UPDATE to 8.29.17 post Aleczander, age 7,  had been getting speech therapy for his entire first grade school year  when this May 2016 language sample was done pro bono by a wonderful speech therapist who used to, but no longer, … Continue reading

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Multisensory Teaching in Action

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Aleczander’s Communication Skills Midway Through First Grade

MIGDAS Preschool Diagnostic Interview 11/3/15 During the MIGDAS diagnostic interview conducted on 11.3.16, Aleczander played appropriately with sensory toys as well as his own familiar and favored toys. He never lined toys up, refused to share, or insisted on performing … Continue reading

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