The Dyslexia Quest Podcast

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Join us for this episode with Holly Combs on the Art of the Sticker -- speaking about labels for people with learning differences, or other differences. Holly helps makes sense of labels and words that may have been hurtful and helps many people find power and freedom apart from labels.

As Executive Director of the Department of Public Words, Holly Combs delights in using words and art to speak power into the lives of elementary students, juvenile offenders, government officials, church leaders, corporate executives, and everyone in between. Since 2014, she has led more than 10,000 people to new perspectives, including the audience at the TED conference in Indianapolis. Challenged by dyslexia all her life, Holly graduated from Herron School of Art in 2001 with a BFA in Visual Communications. She formerly published an internationally distributed street art magazine, PEEL, curated Alias Gallery in Indianapolis (featuring international street art), and co-authored the street art book, PEEL: The Art of the Sticker. A Tennessee native, Holly and her artist husband, Dave, along with their two beautiful children, reside in Indianapolis, where they together create powerful, positive, socially relevant messages through vibrant combinations of images and typography. Holly sums up her life and work well: “I practice the art of inspiration, and people are my canvas.”

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Join us for this great discussion and resourced-filled episode with parenting coach Darlynn Childress of "The Parenting Path" where she outlines the Behavior Cycle and how to raise children with emotional connection, even through the hardest moments.


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The Parenting Path is a parenting model, developed by Darlynn Childress, that helps parents become empowered to create lasting peace in their homes. Darlynn, a former middle and high school teacher and trained parent educator, created The Parenting Path because she was frustrated by the limited models available to parents; models that either focused solely on behavior modification or solely on emotional development. Darlynn wanted a complete toolbox to use in parenting her two sons. 

The Parenting Path is a 4-step model designed for handling tricky parenting moments. The steps in The Parenting Path are CALM, CONNECT, LIMIT SET, CORRECT.

CALM: Parents learn how to calm their mind when angry or overwhelmed.

CONNECT: They learn an easy way to access compassion and teach children about emotional regulation.

LIMIT SET: Parents learn how to set limits that work.

CORRECT: Parents know how to follow-up with correction that develops resilience.

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Join us for this episode on "Understanding Your (and Your Child's) Unique Human Design" with Raquel Reyna, spiritualized business coach. Elisheva talks with Raquel about tapping into strengths and weaknesses, particularly for people with non-traditional learning styles like dyslexia -- and how to understand it better via human design on a deeper, more personal level.
Raquel walks us through understanding these elements and knowing the wonderful ways that your weaknesses are connected to your strengths.

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About Raquel Reyna -- Raquel is a spiritualized business coach and founder of The VIP BIZ Initiation.  She works with her partner Davidian Lyon and they advise conscious entrepreneurs on how to dive inside their genetic material and launch their unique genius online.

Raquel uses the system of Human Design and Law of Attraction to deep dive into her clients’ inner genetic blueprint, so they can discover their life purpose.  It is much more than just making money, Raquel leads her clients on the inspiring, mystical journey of online business transformational magic.  A newly published #1 bestselling author of, Thoth book of Magic, seen on several TV shows including Tyra Banks, The View, and shared stages with Marianne Williamson, Laura Hollick and other thought leaders.  She was recently featured on the cover of Spiritual Biz Magazine.  She is committed to bringing out this knowledge to assist humanity from the shackles of overworking, misguided careers, and assisting people to really live the life of their dreams.

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Join us for this insightful episode with Dr . Rebecca Resnik, therapist, speaker, and founder of the psychology group Resnik Associates. She discusses How to Teach Children the Art of Perseverance, an important topic in our parenting journey.

Dr. Resnik is an approved American Psychological Association Continuing Education Provider, which means that she provides advanced training to other psychologists. Dr. Resnik lectures and conducts continuing education for national, state, and local events. In Nov. of 2017, she and Dr. R Patrick Savage were selected to be the Featured Presenters at the Maryland Psychological Association’s Annual State Conference, and conducted a 6 hour Continuing Education Course for psychologists titled Neuropsychological Interpretation of Achievement Tests: The Search for Convergent Validity). She also looks forward to presenting twice this year at the International Conference on ADHD in Atlanta, Georgia, and twice at the Independent Education Consultant Association’s National Conference in DC. 

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Join us for this powerful talk with author Peter Harrower who tells us about his dyslexia journey and his new book, "The World Through My Dyslexic Eyes."

A word from Peter Harrower:

"I have a Learning Disability and Dyslexia. Most of the time I felt like I wasn't normal. I don't think I’ll ever be normal.

Compared to everybody I felt like an outsider. Kids would always ask, "Why are you in those extra classes and getting extra help?" This led to a lot of unwanted attention. That led to more unwanted feelings, embarrassment, and a lack of confidence in myself, which still affects me to this day at 28. 

Join us to hear how Peter has persevered and found purpose and meaning throughout his dyslexia journey.


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Join us for the great discussion with author Katherine Lewis on her book "The Good News About Bad Behavior -- Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever And What To Do About It."

A new and surprising problem has quietly been developing in the current generation of children: they are out of control. A recent study of first-graders found they could sit still for no more than three minutes, only a quarter of the time that their peers could in 1948. Government statistics show that half of all children will develop a mood or behavioral disorder or a substance addiction by age 18. In the era of the helicopter parent, children seem to have lost the ability to regulate their behavior and emotions.

Our time-honored methods of punishments and rewards haven't taught discipline--they've undermined it. Journalist Katherine Reynolds Lewis spent five years investigating this crisis: observing families at the dinner table, meeting educators who are transforming the school experience for kids with attention and mood disorders, studying psychological research, and looking introspectively at her own parenting habits. And in this unexpected and valuable book, she documents a new theory of discipline that could reverse the trend: "The Apprenticeship Model," which centers on listening and building children’s skills to address the root causes of misbehavior, rather than reactionary incentives and consequences. By strengthening their connection, communication and capability, we can raise children who are self-disciplined, confident, and better equipped to handle the challenges they'll face in life--and whose parents can finally stop wondering what they're doing wrong.

The book grows out of Lewis’ July 2015 article for Mother Jones magazine about school discipline. Within days of appearing on, the article became the site’s most-read story ever, racking up more than 4 million views, 790,000 Facebook shares, 6,000 tweets and 980 comments. Parents and teachers around the world wrote in to say the piece changed their approach with children. It made its way into conference sessions and university curricula, and attracted interest in Sweden and Germany. Clearly, millions of people were facing the same fears, confronting the same problems, and looking for solutions.

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Join us for this useful and inspiring episode about how to build reading confidence for your dyslexic child with a tool called Simple Word Books for decoding simple words. Cigdem has a passion for helping children and it shows in her depth of work and beautiful resources. 

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About and Cigdem’s story:

From a very early age, my son had a passion for books. Unfortunately, reading did not come naturally to him. In 2015, at age six, he was diagnosed with Dyslexia. With training, he soon began reading simple words and sentences. One night, he picked up Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. He read the entire 160+ words over and over, then asked for a chapter book.

I googled, talked to experts, teachers, tutors and parents to find low-level/high-interest books. Others were in search of these books, too, but they did not exist. So I began to write for my son; he began to read. And Project Simple Words was born.

In “Overcoming Dyslexia”, Sally Shaywitz, M.D., professor in Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, talks about many children whose childhood joys were extinguished by dyslexia. The story of Caitlyn’s seventh birthday party Shaywitz tells in her book is the one I will always remember.

All through the party, Caitlyn kept asking “When do I get to blow my candles out?” … [her mom] entered with a cake.. Caitlyn ran over to the table, climbed up on a chair, and bent over the cake. She closed her eyes tightly, concentrated very hard, and then blew out all the candles. Then she ran up the stairs to her bedroom and closed the door. [Her mom] found Caitlyn on her bed with her favorite storybook, Good Night Moon, on her lap. Tears streamed down her face. “You said I would get any wish I wanted, but you were wrong. My wish didn’t come true.” She still could not read any of the words on the page.”

Caitlyn’s story touched my heart and gave me the strength to bring Simple Words Books™ to life. Thank you, Dr. Shaywitz for sharing it.

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Join us for this episode on Math for Dyslexic Children with Adrianne Meldrum, owner of "Math for Middles" - a multisensory math program available in online math tutoring and lessons. Her multisensory approach works with your child's inherent strengths. She walks us through how to approach math assistance specifically for children and middle schoolers with dyslexia.

She notes that all learning happens through connection and emotion - so that should always be our first step as often as possible.


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Join us for this conversation about helping dyslexic children with Spelling via a method called Structured Word Inquiry. Spelling can be a tricky, frustrating area of school for dyslexic students. Our guest Emily O'Connor, M.A.T comes back for a second time to talk through specific methods for spelling. She is a dyslexic learner herself, and she shares her journey and background that helps her in practice of tutoring helping children with dyslexia.


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Join us for this interactive, helpful episode on how a 5 minute technique of Tapping, or EFT, can be a tangible, useful and easy method to help children with anxiety, stress, trauma, and big feelings -- with our guest Dr. Maria Ortner.

Tapping can be a great tool for parents to teach their children to manage anxiety with specific actions. We discuss helpful ideas on how to introduce this new method to your child to be more likely to get their buy-in and participation.

BIO: Dr. Maria Ortner served as a school psychologist in Danbury, CT for 27 years prior to beginning her work with The Tapping Solution Foundation. Dr. Ortner is committed to promoting Tapping as an effective technique for teachers and students to deal with anxiety, stress and trauma in the school setting and beyond. Dr. Ortner holds degrees in Clinical and School Psychology, as well as a Doctorate of Education. She has extensive experience in education in the United States and abroad. Dr. Ortner is the Director of the Tapping Solution Foundation and travels the world to bring EFT/Tapping to people of all ages.


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Join us for this conversation as we discuss how to better understand and support twice-exceptional children and adults (2e = twice exceptional) with Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC. She passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, and collaborates with and advises educators and professionals on bringing out the best and raising self-esteem in their students and clients.


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Join us for this episode as we delve into the world of Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP) and how to best support a highly sensitive child. This can go hand-in-hand with dyslexia, so it may be a topic that resonates with a specific group of our Dyslexia Quest audience. Julie specializes in the trait of high sensitivity and has helped thousands of highly sensitive people around the world.

As an HSP herself, Julie understands what it is like to live with high sensitivity and strong emotions. She is also mother to two highly sensitive children, and so she is well-equipped to help and support other parents of HSP children. She is recognized as an expert in sensory processing sensitivity and consult with companies and corporate leaders that want to harness the incredible gifts of the HSP in the workplace.


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Join us for Part 2 of the Katie Garner interview as we uncover The Sneaky Backdoor Secrets to Unlock Reading for The Dyslexic Mind. Katie brings a wealth of knowledge on these secrets to help student access the sounds and recall them.

Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary classrooms across the country and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning! Her “backdoor-to-the-brain” approach to fast-tracking phonics for reading and writing, via social-emotional learning channels, shifts the paradigms associated with traditional grade level instruction, and has gained national recognition with the No Child Left Behind, Reading First and RTI Initiatives. Katie is an annually featured and keynote speaker at education conferences across the United States and abroad, including an ongoing keynote series with North American literacy leaders, Dr. Richard Allington (What Really Matters for Struggling Readers) and Dr. Anne Cunningham (The National Early Literacy Panel “NELP” Report) at the Vulnerable Readers Summits. 

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Join us for a discussion on Why Some Logical Thinkers Especially Have a Hard Time With Reading --with Katie Garner, author of Secret Stories - Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind.

She is an internationally known educational speaker, author, and literacy consultant with 25 years of elementary classroom experience. Katie has a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning.

She shares brain-changing strategies for boosting existing reading curriculum and phonics instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains learn best.

This is part one of my interview with Katie. Tune in to Part 2 as well!

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Join us for this empowering conversation where Delphine Rule talks with us about how to teach your child to advocate for themselves in the classroom. From first learning to speak up, to helping them persevere when the advocacy road gets challenging, Delphine guides and encourages us to help our kids find their voice and learn to get their needs met -- so they can succeed. Delphine brings an empowering message that will speak to middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students, and beyond -- and she encourages us to be honest with our children early about their learning differences and focus on their strengths. Delphine also reminds us to seek the support available to us through resources, agencies, support groups, tutors, and friend networks. Lastly, she encourages us to make sure that all the people in our circle are supportive and if not, be proactive to find those who are.

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In this episode, we talk with Rosa Berland and Helen Roussel about their journeys with their children and lessons learned on how to advocate fiercely and effectively for dyslexia services. They generously offer to help others, so stay tuned to the end to get their information.

They are passionate about the creative and transformative power of the dyslexic and differently wired mind. They are committed to creating equity in education for dyslexic children.

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Successful mom and entrepreneur forged through her dyslexia and emerged as a successful CEO of the She-Compass organization, built to inspire girls and women. Join us for this fantastic episode. 

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