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Education Redefined Episode 12: Neuhaus Education Center - Family Support & Adult Literacy
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Education Redefined Episode 12: Neuhaus Education Center - Family Support & Adult Literacy

In this episode of empowering students with dyslexia, I speak with Lara Speights, the Vice President of Family Support and Adult Literacy of Neuhaus Education Center. Lara is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and holds a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education with a B.A. in Spanish and English from Texas A&M University. She has over a decade of experience collaborating with and advocating for parents in elementary and secondary public schools as a teacher, reading specialist, and dyslexia therapist. In this episode, Lara talks about issues that students with dyslexia face in school and offers resources to overcome these issues. Among other things, she talks about: • Recognizing the signs of dyslexia in English Language Learners. • Correlations between dyslexia and negative life outcomes. • Challenges and suggestions to initiate dyslexia diagnosis. • Adult literacy programs • How to advocate for students with dyslexia? • Parent support resources offered by Neuhaus • How to judge the efficacy of a reading program and track progress. • The structured literacy approach and much more. Lara’s episode on Engaging and Fun Summer Literacy Activities in the 2021 Neuhaus Speaker Series: https://gateway.on24.com/wcc/eh/2945005/lp/3084488/engaging-and-fun-summer-literacy-activities For the latest news on research and resources follow Neuhaus Education Center on: https://www.neuhaus.org/
Education Redefined Episode 11: Dallas Branch - International Dyslexia Association
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Education Redefined Episode 11: Dallas Branch - International Dyslexia Association

In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Samantha Varadarajan. Samantha serves as the Director of the Dallas Branch IDA. Samantha has worked in public education serving in several roles including reading interventionist, English as a second language coordinator, dyslexia interventionist, English as a second language interventionist, and lead dyslexia evaluator. Samantha privately provides therapy to students who struggle with reading and writing and enjoys being able to see the significant growth students make in reading and writing from a one-on-one setting. Samantha values making learning accessible and engaging for all learners. She is a Wilson Certified Dyslexia Practitioner and Certified Academic Language Therapist. Samantha is certified in Multisensory Teaching Approach through Southern Methodist University’s Learning Therapy Program. Samantha graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a B.S. in Business and Marketing Education where she served as President of the College of Education and Human Development, and later as a Board Member for the University of Minnesota Alumni Society. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University. In this episode, Samantha talks about the • History and mission behind the Dallas Branch, IDA • How to get involved with the Dallas Branch of International Dyslexia Association • The Annual Art Contest • Dallas Dyslexia Information Group • Students and teacher resources as well as scholarships • Excellence in Education awards • Volunteer opportunities, Membership benefits and much more. Most of all, I want to highlight the 2022 Regional Conference, “Literacy Leads the Way”, featuring Dr Tracy Weeden as the keynote speaker. You can find the link to the conference in the show notes. Check-Out the 2022 Regional Conference, “Literacy Leads the Way”, featuring Dr. Tracy Weeden as the keynote speaker: https://dal.dyslexiaida.org/ Dallas Branch IDA Website: https://dal.dyslexiaida.org/
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