Decoding Dyslexia MD to Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month with Dyslexia Parent Support Groups!
DD-MD has members across the state and there are a few support groups for parents available. Dyslexia Awareness month reminds parents and families that we are not alone in this dyslexia journey.
All parents want is for their struggling readers to be identified early, provided an appropriate, evidenced based intervention by a well trained, language therapist. The programs are important, but they are not as important as the teacher and his or her training and experience.
So please consider starting a support group for parents in your area and meet and support others whose "Me Too" stories will be just like yours! All the tools are in the link below!
How-to-Guide: Organizing a Dyslexia Support Meeting
- Pick a date and time
- Choose a venue
- Community Centers
- Starbucks, Panera or coffee shop
- Contact DD-MD asap with your event details, we will share and publicize on our social media platforms
- Local distribution lists
- Produce a paper flyer (optional) Template
- Word of mouth
- School PTAs
- Your personal social media pages
- Create a topic focus
- Start a discussion based on a specific IDA fact sheet
- Discuss getting involved at a local/state/federal level
- IEPs or 504 Accommodations, “what works”
- Assistive technology (demonstration)
- Invite a professional in the field of dyslexia to share their expertise (optional)
- Watch Embracing Dyslexia or another related film
- Planning & Implementation:
- Bring refreshments or not (it’s been done successfully both ways)
- Gather resources: DD-VA Resources and DD-MD Resources and What You Can Do Resources
- Set up a Resource table -- distribute IDA Fact Sheets or printouts from the above resources
- Borrow resources from your county library or friends to display
- Use a sign in sheet (check this link to see what info. DD-MD needs you to include on a sign in sheet) to have attendees entered into our database for future communication
- Have name tags and pens available (optional)
- DD-MD mission statement and goals one pager available to introduce the grassroots movement
- A "Who We are Fact Sheet"
- Highlight the support meetings as a place to build community and lend support to each other
- Introduce discussion topic
- Facilitate questions and conversations
- Steer discussion into solution driven areas if one or more of your attendees gets ‘unnecessarily’ negative for an extended time
- Close with appreciation for parents taking the time to join DD-MD
- Take pictures for DD-MD to post on social media platforms
6. After the Meeting
- Follow up on questions posed during your group meeting
- Send photos to DD-MD
- Send sign up sheet to Laura Schultz to be entered into our DD-MD database
Parent Support Group Information
Marlies Blackford is starting a support group in Carroll County for parents of dyslexic students. The first meeting will be October 11, 10-11am. She will focus on Carroll County but hopes it will spread across northern Maryland. Location: North Carroll Community School, 75 Lamb Drive, Westminster MD 21158. If you have questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DD-MD Parent Support Group Southern MD will meet on October 20 at 7 pm at the Ptuxent Presbyterian Church. Here's the calendar for the meeting schedule.
Let's get together -- there's strength in "Me Too" and knowing you're not alone!!