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Inclusive Education Project Podcast

Nov 20, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate. We're digging into our archives and replaying some of our past episodes that you might have missed. 

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In this replay episode, we’re joined by licensed speech and language pathologist, Cathy Johnson, to discuss how reading disabilities like dyslexia can appear in different children differently. When Cathy discovered her young daughter was having difficulty learning how to read, she wanted to ensure her daughter received the attention and help she needed. Not finding much assistance out there, Cathy traveled all over the US seeking training in how she can better help children with learning disabilities.

She later founded the Johnson Academy, which offers an alternative to the one-size-fits-all learning approach. Cathy also runs the Speech, Language, and Learning Center.

Full show transcript here

What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • What are some signs to look for in your child to see if they have learning disabilities
  • How it’s easy for a child to fall behind in school because of lack of awareness by teachers
  • The importance of awareness, assessment, and research
  • The percentiles and averages that determine deficiency
  • Why the interpretation of scores and the data is crucial (and often done incorrectly!)
  • Statistics around dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities
  • What the most effective way is to address vocabulary and reading deficiencies
  • How to use the “Notes” app on an iphone for students who struggle with written expression
  • There three basic types of dyslexia

Resources Mentioned:  

Learning Ally


The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders 

Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz

Contact Information:


The Speech, Language, and Learning Center

The Johnson Academy

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