Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students

Session 1: What You Need to Know about Dyslexia

Dan Peters, Ph.D.
Running time: 48:50

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  1. Jennifer on October 20, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Fascinating. Describes my husbands friend to a Tee. Left school early because so slow reading and writing. An amazing story teller. Has everyone engaged! Has become a successful person man building pools. Very intuitive too….

  2. Andre and Willa on October 15, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I am going to get my 2e son and hubby to develope a teleport to just teleport device with my 2e imagination, so that we can teleport both Debbie and Dr Dan’s thinking and merge it with all other professionals as that will make a HUGE difference – re-training will take to long, too many kids get damaged because of the way professionals think!

  3. Jaime feder on October 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Great easy to understand overview of dyslexia,etc. laid out very clearly. Also found it interesting to know how easily dyslexia can go under the radar if a child is reading at,or close to,grade level. Great Info

  4. Sabrina on October 3, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you! My eldest 2e daughter has had two neuropsychological reports (Gr 2 & Gr 6), and I find I still don’t have a good grasp of what is going on. The psychologists don’t use terms that we are routinely using, such as twice exceptional and dyscalculia. In the first report, my daughter had the pattern of someone on the Autism Spectrum, but it was never mentioned to us that she may be on the Spectrum. We received an ASD diagnosis prior to Grade 4, and just received a math disorder diagnosis in Grade 6. However, her working memory WISC-V score was her highest score at 130 versus her processing at 98. Generally ASD kids have lower working memory scores. She has always had trouble with her written output, even though she can explain it to you verbally, and even after going to an OT. She just received visual therapy this past year and definitely had visual tracking issues. Do you think there could be a ‘missed’ diagnosis? Do people with dyslexia generally score high in working memory, compared to their other scores? Memorizing seems to be a common compensation strategy from what I can tell listening to these talks. We see a similar pattern in my younger daughter. She received an ADHD-non-specified diagnosis (as well as being gifted), but scored extremely high in working memory, which isn’t typical of an ADHD profile from what I understand.

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on October 3, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Sabrina, You may want to contact Dr. Dan at Summit Center in CA for a possible interpretation of your neuropsych report. That is a service that they offer.

  5. Jess Henry on October 3, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Very helpful as an educator and parent, thank you.

  6. Melanie Cole on October 3, 2019 at 1:46 am

    That was amazing. Thank you.

  7. G Bradley on October 3, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Wow, I want a recording of this talk with Dr Dan, to share with teachers and family. The stealth dyslexic is true of my child and her cousin (now in uni) and further generations too. Assessments have been completed for my child, and confirmed asd and irlens, but the dyslexia was ticking most boxes, but not all. Having worked very hard to help them learn to read and the coping strategies used, they acknowledged challenges, but that it couldn’t be dyslexia due to average level reading, whilst so smart. My child is now suffering from severe anxiety and is barely attending high school. The stealth dyslexic and the links to anxiety in Dan’s talk, plus the acknowledgement that interventions and the view of being ‘broken’ she has some physical medical issues too, have consumed my child and desperately trying to get the help for my child and us as a family; so she can be happy and shine as the bright and quirky child that she is.
    Please can you upload this Dr Dan and the one on ADHD onto your website or utube, to help other parents i know that will miss this presentation. Dr Dan I wish you could meet my child in the UK.

  8. Olesya on October 3, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Just wonder if the child was taught to read using OG method could that override dyslexia and let him read fine? I see certain traits that appear as dyslexic – inability to remember multiplication facts. He reads all the time and has tremendous attention to detail.

  9. Stephanie on October 2, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks Dan,
    I have a similar story. Instead of 38 I was 21 when told I might be dyslexic. It was some of the best news of my life…very liberating. I then began to learn.
    I hope my son has a similar experience now at 10.

  10. Lindsay on October 2, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    So enlightening, so extremely helpful. Thank you for breaking it all down in such a digestible manner!

  11. Jerel Zak on October 2, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you!

  12. Bettina Hamacher on October 2, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Wow, I have tears in my eyes. When my son was very young, before all of his diagnoses(dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD) we could never understand how he could tell you every single detail about the characteristics of any animal in the world(that he got from watching the Wild Kratts) yet could not remember the letters of the alphabet! He could build you a Lego fishing rod with an intricate pulley system at age 5! Transferring that amazing ability into the school system is the challenge and I often loose sight of the fact that he is so bright in his own way. It is so difficult to do when I see him struggle with writing a very basic sentence, let alone a whole page assignment when he is already in grade 7. It was great to hear some encouragement through your talks, thank you!

  13. taryn swart on October 2, 2019 at 11:22 am

    This was so fascinating. After starting on this journey with my eldest 2E kiddo, I have discovered my learning difference too.

    • Rochelle on October 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you! I learned so much about my child, and am discovering things about myself (at 53!). Yes tears here as well. I am just starting this journey with my daughter, 4th grade. She is in an immersion school and has done below average for math and writing, excels at speaking the second language. She is identified as an advanced learner, her 3rd grade teacher did not believe the results of the test and wanted to hold her back.
      She cannot remember multiplication tables, except for 5 and 9’s because there is a pattern.
      We have had her texted 2x, separately, and no one has mentioned dyslexia.
      Your talk was educational and informative. I feel like I have a better understanding of my child, new language to use and increased compassion and empathy for my child.
      Thank you thank you thank you

      • Pamela on October 2, 2019 at 11:11 pm

        Thank you both for this presentation! I just finished watching this in the middle of the night, per my usual, as I wake up after initially falling asleep to solve life’s issues and challenges primarily in my parenting and advocating for my 9 year old son. We are in a private school where the teachers are very accommodating but they know as little as I did as a teacher about so many topics because we just aren’t trained in them. Throughout the past two years I have begun my masters in gifted, where I first heard about 2E, which led me on our journey of what is gifted, what is dyslexia, what is OG, what is vision therapy and this whole whirlwind of trainings and realization of my lack of knowledge after 20 years of teaching both in typical and SPED classrooms. I learned a new term tonight, the stealth dyslexic and I feel that my kiddo falls into this category when two years ago my little guy was so frustrated and feeling low bc he couldn’t read after January of first grade and now after private OG tutoring, vision therapy and glasses he is entering third grade 3 levels above typical. I find the teacher looking at me like, “right, he’s dyslexic, he’s doing great.” And I am sooo proud of him but that doesn’t mean he is functioning where his IQ level is and that he doesn’t feel stressed out because he is the last one to finish,etc. I learned about myself tonight too! I always have been soo detail oriented when telling a story or just answering, rarely just straight forward single answer, that is soo hard to do!!
        I just want to show this to everyone!! I want to wake my husband who has heard many things about himself as we have been learning about our son, my father, my husband’s parents, my son’s teachers, the principal just everyone!
        I can’t wait to watch it again. I wish I could bring my son To see either one of you personally, we are blessed to live near Dr. Rimm who has helped us on our journey. I can’t say enough.
        Thank you!

      • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on October 3, 2019 at 4:19 pm

        So glad it was helpful, Rochelle!

  14. Caroline Keller on October 2, 2019 at 10:31 am

    YES – The school psychologist said to me in our last IEP meeting: “a true dyslexic can never read at grade level” right before she told me that my son was “never dyslexic” and that he’s just a behavior problem. They also refused to even look at his writing without accommodations (or at his handwriting at all) before denying his dysgraphia eligibility. I know better thanks to experts like you.
    I have spent nearly 6 years (K-5) dealing with an unkind school district that refuses to acknowledge dyslexia and more importantly refuses to give the accommodations that are in an IEP. In the end, they win, because I am going to move my poor son to a private school. He has worked so hard in such a hostile environment and deserves to finally move somewhere that he can be understood.
    Your webinars have been an invaluable resource during all of this time. Thank you.

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on October 3, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      We’re thrilled you’re finding them helpful, Caroline!

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