Current Events for Parents

Note: The following is a list of local events, webinars, and learning opportunities for parents. These groups/opportunities are not sponsored or endorsed by the Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources.

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Decoding Dyslexia Oregon

Decoding Dyslexia Oregon | Educate. Advocate. Legislate.

Portland meetings

1st Mondays (usually): 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Providence Portland Medical Center, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland

Amphitheater Room


$5 donation suggested; please RSVP

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Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE)

Recorded webinar: Dyslexia: An Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach

Orton-Gillingham Approach Introductory Course | Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators


This self-paced 10 hour course is appropriate for teachers with students who experience difficulty learning to read and write. The course is also appropriate for parents of children with dyslexia, individuals with dyslexia who wish to gain an understanding of their learning differences, school administrators, advocates, tutors, and other professionals who wish to learn about this multisensory teaching approach.


ADDitude Magazine free webinars 

ADHD Expert Webinars from ADDitude Magazine

ADDitude Magazine produces free webinars dealing with issues in ADD/ADHD, as well as providing a forum for support and help.

Association of Educational Therapists

Note: In order to view recorded webinars, you will need to create a login account by clicking on the green “create a login” button on the webinar archive page (below). It is easy and free, and you will not receive promotional emails, nor will your name be shared.

Recorded webinar: Living with Slow Processing Speed: The Impact on Home, School, and Social Life

Webinar Archive

How does slow processing speed affect children across their school years and beyond? What can parents, teachers, and educational therapists do to help?

Slow processing speed impacts every aspect of a child’s life. Furthermore, managing a child with slow processing speed at school and at home can be challenging for teachers and parents.

Utilizing the latest research and a case study that follows a child with slow processing speed across multiple developmental stages, Dr. Ellen Braaten will describe the academic, social, and emotional challenges faced by these children as they navigate the world of home, school, and community.

From the first evaluation, to school accommodations, to the effect on family and social relationships, the webinar will explore the most common difficulties these children face in the home, in social relationships, and with school functioning. Using real-life examples, this webinar will give you insight into the challenges these children face as well as ideas on how to help.

Recorded webinar: Planning Post-Secondary Options: Special Kids, Special Needs

Webinar Archive


The journey to college and rich opportunities for learning success are open and available to every student. Selecting the proper path on which to travel, however, requires an evaluation of many critical factors. Imy Wax, M.S., LCPC, CEP, will highlight some of the critical factors that parents and professionals who work with students who “learn differently” should take into account when guiding a student’s transition from high school to a successful college experience.

Attendees will be able to:

•Identify the core skills that every student needs BEFORE leaving to college

•Identify “FUNctions” required to be successful at college

•Understand what are the frequent “Failures”

•Align what colleges are offering with the needs of the student

•Differentiate the services being offered at colleges


Center on Technology and Disability

Welcome to the Webinar Central | Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

Recorded webinar: Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, and Strategies

Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, and Strategies | Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)


In this webinar, AT Specialists Diana Petschauer and Kelsey Hall demonstrated AT tools to support students who experience dyslexia with regard to developing goals and choosing appropriate accommodations as part of students’ IEPs. Presenters also discussed interventions designed to close achievement gaps by providing well-researched programming that is explicit, systematic, and multisensory in nature, with plenty of opportunities for practice.

Recorded webinar: Notetaking Technologies for Middle School, High School, College, and Beyond

Notetaking Technologies for Middle School, High School, College, and Beyond | Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)


Whether taking notes in class, gathering web research, or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture, organize, and apply information from a variety of sources. In this webinar, AT Consultant Shelley Haven demonstrates notetaking tools (smartpens, digital notebooks, annotation software, and multifunctional apps) to help students who have learning differences.


Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW

(3) cknippenberg – YouTube

A licensed social worker, Craig’s expertise is with children, adolescents and parents.Craig has also developed a brain based curriculum for teaching students about their social brain development. He has several videos about social skills and brain development.


•Will You Be My Friend? Social Development for Kids with LD

•Executive Functioning

•Inside the Teenage Brain: The President, Furnace, and Mirror

•A Time of Change: Supporting the Middle School Brain


Decoding Dyslexia California

***Recorded webinar: Dyslexia and Phonological Processing 101

Dyslexia & Phonological Processing 101 – YouTube


Parents, Advocates and Teachers – join us for this introductory webinar on Dyslexia and Phonological Processing with an emphasis on one of the most widely used and popular assessments for reading-related phonological processing skills – the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2).

This recorded webinar is presented by international dyslexia expert Dr. Richard Wagner, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of NICHD Florida Learning Disabilities Research Center, Associate Director, Florida Center for Reading Research and Co-Author of the CTOPP-2. Dr. Wagner was also a member of the CA Department of Education’s Dyslexia Work Group that produced the California Dyslexia Guidelines.


Dyslexia Training Institute

Recorded webinar: What is Dyslexia? A description of symptoms and interventions.

Dyslexia Training Institute – A description of symptoms and interventions


In this 2-hour webinar you will be introduced to the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and learn about many popular myths. We will cover the scientific research and discuss the remediations supported by research. We will also discuss current accommodations available to children and adults with dyslexia.

Recorded webinar: IEP Goals and Dyslexia: What is a ‘good’ goal anyway?

IEP Goals and Dyslexia


In this 90-minute webinar we will take you through the process of writing goals for IEPs that are individualized for students with dyslexia. We will discuss the proper terminology needed when writing goals and determining appropriate services. This webinar is appropriate for parents, educators and advocates.


Dyslexic Advantage

Dyslexia | Dyslexic Advantage Blog

Videos on YouTube

(3) dyslexic advantage – YouTube


There are many recordings of interviews and some webinars on the Dyslexic Advantage YouTube channel. Many are interviews with prominent dyslexics, and would be great to share with students. There are also some longer, webinar-type videos.

Recorded webinar: Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia with Jamie Martin

Dyslexic Advantage – Assistive Technology – Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia – Jamie Martin – YouTube

Jamie Martin talks about activating auto-correct speech-to-text, reading, literature, and phonics apps, apps for taking notes and study skills, and math.

Recorded interview: What Every LD Student Should Know Going Back to School

Dyslexic Advantage Talks to David Flink – What Every LD Student Should Know Going Back to School – YouTube

Dr. Brock Eide talks to Eye to Eye National CEO David Flink about his dyslexia, his mentoring organization, how he discovered his strengths and the power of connection and self-advocacy, David also talks about his new book, Thinking Differently.

Because David had a slow internet connection, this program is audio-only (no slides or video).

Recorded lecture: Dyslexia, Reading, Executive Function

Dyslexic Advantage – UCSF – Dr Laurie Cutting – Dyslexia, Reading, Executive Function – YouTube

At the Dyslexic Advantage – UCSF Symposium, “Dyslexia Beyond Reading”, Vanderbilt professor Laurie Cutting talks about the complex brain science of dyslexia and reading – how executive function strengths exist in dyslexia, speculating on its possible implications for teaching and intervention. For a copy of Laurie’s slides, click on “Show more” and click on the link.


International Dyslexia Association

International Dyslexia Association – …until everyone can read!

Annual Conference Recordings:

Session recordings from the Reading, Literacy & Learning Conferences are available to purchase and view! The cost is $20 per session. Each has a free two-minute preview recording that you can watch before deciding to purchase the session.

2018 IDA Conference

International Dyslexia Association

2017 IDA Conference

International Dyslexia Association

Free Webinar Series

IDA’s Free Webinar Series – International Dyslexia Association

Recorded webinar: Curing Dyslexia: What Is Possible?

IDA is offering a free, hour-long webinar with internationally respected reading teacher and educator, Patricia Mathes, Ph.D., during which she will:

•Explain the causes of poor reading;

•Review evidence of how reading changes brain structure and function; and

•Share instructional components that address differences in the dyslexic brain and strengthen key areas of the brain for all readers.

This webinar is the first in IDA’s webinar series recorded on June 15, 2016.

Recorded webinar: Overcoming Dyslexia: What Does It Take?

IDA is offering a free, hour-long webinar with internationally respected reading teacher and educator, Patricia Mathes, Ph.D., during which she will:

•Explain the basic components of effective instruction

•Explain how the nature of this instruction changes with each tier of instruction

•Provide the critical information schools need to ensure that scientifically sound instruction is provided to students who struggle to read at every tier of instruction

This webinar is the second in IDA’s webinar series recorded on August 31, 2016.


IDA Southern California Tri-Counties

FREE recorded webinars available from the So California Tri-Counties Branch!

Webinars – IDA Southern California Tri-Counties


IDA Upper Midwest

Recorded webinars

Recorded Webinars – IDA Upper Midwest

FREE! Topics include:

***Why is Writing So Darn Hard?

•Using the Eye to Eye App to Empower Students

•Executive Function and Dyslexia Part 2: Math and Spelling

•Enhancing Reading Comprehension in the Elementary Grades Using Assistive Technology

•Speech and Language Bootcamp: What’s the Connection to Literacy

•Discovering the Sense in English Spelling: The Foundation of Literacy for Every Student

•Has Handwriting Become an Instructional Dinosaur? Handwriting May Be More Important Than You Think!

•Audio-Assisted Reading as Remediation: Beyond Assistive Technology

•Executive Function and Dyslexia

•Developing Literacy in the Content Areas Through Structured Word Study

•From College to Career: My Dyslexic Advantage

•Insights into Sight Words

•Dyslexia and ADD: Obstacles, not Roadblocks to Academic Success

•Reading Instruction That Works: What To Look For

•Handwriting: It’s More Important Than You Might Think

•High School To College Transition: Living and Learning Independently

•Navigating The School System When a Child is Struggling with Reading or Dyslexia

•Legal Rights and Procedures for LD Learners

•Assistive Technology to Support Executive Function Skills

•School SLD Assessment vs Private Neurological Exam: What’s the Difference and What’s Best for my Child

•Deciphering the Tests

•Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Function

•Supporting the Vocational and Social Development of Youth and Young Adults with LD

•What Every Kindergartener Should Know – Arlene Sonday

•How Spelling Supports Reading- Louisa Moats

and more!


Learning Ally

Learning Ally – Support for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

Recorded webinar: Know Your Rights: Special Ed Law & Dyslexia

Webinar for Parents: Know Your Rights


How can you work with your school to get help for your struggling child?

IEP, 504, SLD, SST, Push In, Pull Out — what does it all mean?

In this information-packed free webinar, Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky, principals of The Dyslexia Training Institute, shared a detailed tutorial on how to navigate through the school system when your student has dyslexia.

Kelli and Tracy explained the Individuals with Disabilities and Education Act (IDEA) and elaborated on IEPs, 504’s, appropriate accommodations, letter writing, receiving appropriate services and interventions, dispute process and resolution — as they all relate to a student with dyslexia.

Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape

Dyslexia Webinar: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape


Sandman-Hurley and Tracey Block-Zaretsky of Dyslexia Training Institute joined Learning Ally on 2/25/14 in a webinar focused on helping parents ensure that their child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) is optimized for success. “Needs drive goals and goals drive services,” was Kelli’s motto as she outlined how to write measurable and appropriate present levels and goals for the IEP. She also suggested which accommodations are appropriate for students with dyslexia. Watch the 60-minute webinar on-demand (above) to discover:

  • What information should be included in the IEP
  • Where information for an IEP document should come from
  • How to read the offer of FAPE
  • How to determine the level of services
  • How to determine which and how many goals to include
  • What should be included in the accommodations section
  • State testing requirements
  • Modifications versus accommodations
  • How to avoid and catch the most common mistakes in an IEP


Learning Enhancement Corporation: Neuroscience in Education Webinar Series

Recorded webinar: The Neuroscience of Stress and Learning

Cognitive Skills and Differentiation | MyBrainWare


Parents and educators are confronted on a daily basis with issues related to stress – sometimes their own stress and that of their colleagues – and increasingly the chronic or acute stress of their children and students. The traumatic events that have affected so many communities this year, including hurricanes and fires and violence, have resulted in heightened awareness of the stressful impact of trauma; and science has started to shed light on the devastating effects of chronic stress that many children and adults experience. We mostly think of the negative aspects of stress, but some amount of stress is inevitable and sometimes even beneficial. In this webinar, Dr. Lou Whitaker, President of Open Minds Enterprises, will discuss the neuroscience of stress, the effect of stress on learning and development, and tools and strategies for helping our students and ourselves deal with stress, both acute and chronic.

Recorded webinar: Fostering a Growth Mindset: In Your Students and Yourself

Fostering a Growth MIndset | MyBrainWare


Much has been written about the concept of a Growth Mindset, based on the seminal work of Dr. Carol Dweck at Stanford. The research is clear. Individuals with a growth mindset – that is, who believe that intelligence and talent can be developed – do better than those who think that talent is innate and that intelligence doesn’t change much.  The concept is deceptively simple and doesn’t provide everything we need to change our own mindsets and foster a Growth Mindset in our students and children and within our organizations. This webinar explores how to model a Growth Mindset; how to foster a Growth MIndset with students, children and others; strategies for increasing intelligence; and what it really means to praise the effort and not the outcome.


Orton-Gillingham Online Academy

Recorded webinar: How Having Dyslexia Can Impact Thoughts, Emotions, and Behavior in School-aged Children

How Having Dyslexia Can Impact Thoughts, Emotions, and Behavior in School-aged Children – Orton Gillingham Online Academy


This webinar presentation is a little over an hour in length will provide you with a wealth of information. Brittany Monro will cover the following topics:

•What is dyslexia?

•Understanding each unique child

•How thoughts can impact emotions

•Common thought distortions

•Anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and depression – symptoms, common resulting behaviors, and how to cope

•Behavior management in the classroom and at home

•Creating a welcoming and safe environment

•Teaching to the minority

•Teaching emotional intelligence at home or in the classroom

•Teaching empathy at home or in the classroom

•Cultivating self-awareness and mindfulness


PACER Center

PACER Center – Champions for Children with Disabilities

Archived webinars

Archived Live Stream Events – PACER Center

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. It has archived webinars about the IEP process and assistive technology that may be useful for you.

Topics include Managing Time for Teens & Young adults; Apps That Support Reading and Writingfor Teens and Young Adults; Tips and Tools for Talking with School Staff; Social Media & Bullying;Using Technology to Keep Kids Safe; Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics; Appy Hour Event – A Focus on Math; eBooks and Reading Tools for Teens; and many more.


Reading Horizons

Recorded webinar: Dyslexia: A Lifelong Journey

Dyslexia: A Lifelong Journey – Reading Horizons


Living with learning differences such as dyslexia, the most common learning disability, is a life-long journey. Even with accommodations and support, the transition from high school to college and beyond can be difficult.You are cordially invited to The Leonardo After Hours to hear leaders in the dyslexia field share their personal experiences and discuss what is being accomplished to further educate, empower, and support students with dyslexia.


Reading League

Video: Individual Reading Assessment: What is It, Who Does It, How Does It Happen, and What Does It Mean?

Reading League Event – May 11, 2017 Individual Reading Assessment – YouTube


Drs. Sheila Clonan and Michelle Storie of Educational Solutions of Central New York present a highly informative and engaging event to clarify commonly misunderstood aspects of reading assessment including:

•As a parent or teacher, at what point do I ask a psychologist to evaluate a student who is underperforming?

•What is the process for getting a student evaluated?

•What’s typically involved when a student is evaluated by a school or private psychologist?

•What do those tests measure and can someone please help me understand what the results mean?


Swindells Resource Center

Recorded lecture: Helping Children Manage Stress in Schools

Related Forms & Information | Providence Oregon

Also available to watch on YouTube

Helping Children Manage Stress and Anxiety in Schools – Kameron Dill, PsyD – YouTube


This nearly 2-hour presentation, recorded on Aug 31, 2017, discusses anxiety and stress in school, covering the following topics:

•Overview of anxiety/stress

•School factors

•4 Components of managing anxiety

•Power of relationships



Recorded lecture: BODY, MIND & HEART INTERVENTIONS to help families with children with ADHD

Related Forms & Information | Providence Oregon


Presentation is recorded in three parts. 3.45 hours total

Also available to watch on YouTube):

Part I:Aaron Tabacco Part1 – YouTube

Part II: Aaron Tabacco Part2 – YouTube

Part IIIAaron Tabacco Part3 – YouTube

Aaron Tabacco RN, BSN discusses the most current scientific evidence about ADHD, interventions, and finding family health and balance amid the challenges and joys of children with ADHD. He also discusses the types of ADHD related disruptions and family management styles. Studies show frontal lobe involvement with ADHD, including working memory, internalizing speech, self-regulation, perceptions of time, and inhibition of responses.

Topics include:

•Valuing Neurodiversity

•The organic nature of ADHD and the human brain

•The best current understanding about ADHD as a difference in Executive Functioning

•Interventions that address the experience of ADHD in the body, the mind, and the heart/spirit

•Forward and holistic approaches of philosophy as intervention

Bridget O’Boyle-Jordan, CPNP, MSN discusses the different types of medical management.

Aaron Tabacco RN, BSN, is a Registered Nurse and Visiting Assistant Professor at Linfield College, and former Family Sciences researcher at Oregon Health and Science University. He is a nationally and internationally published author and expert in family management of children with special healthcare needs, and ADHD in particular. In addition to his own research interest in fathers of children with ADHD, Aaron is himself a father to three sons with ADHD.

Bridget T. O’Boyle-Jordan, MSN, CPNP is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Sundstorm Clinical Services. She comes to SCS from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) where she worked for 7 years. Bridget joined Sundstrom Clinical Services to continue to focus her practice on children with ADHD, Tourette’s Disorder, and related behavioral disorders by participating in multidisciplinary assessments and providing evaluations, case management, and medical management. She also holds a significant interest in the education of families, teachers, schools and the community at large.



Understanding Your Child’s Test Scores

Wrightslaw – Understanding Your Child’s Test Scores by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. (Download, 1.5 hrs)


To design an educational program that meets your child’s unique needs, you must use information from objective tests. To measure and monitor your child’s educational progress, you must use information from objective tests and you must know what the test scores mean.

Why are test scores so important? When you understand your child’s test scores, you can:

•identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses

•identify your child’s needs

•determine if your child is making progress

•create charts that document progress or regression

Understanding Your Child’s Test Scores (1.5 hours) focuses on these areas:

•What Tests and Subtests Measure

•The Bell Curve

•Standard Scores

•Percentile Ranks

•How to Chart Test Scores & Create Progress Graphs

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd. Edition is the required coursebook.

Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Program (Download, 6.5 hrs) and Combo

Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training Combo: Training Download + 2 print books + Free Law PDF download: $89.95

“Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Series” is an actual, live 6½ hour Power Point advocacy training presented to a group in Virginia over a four day period. The CD covers special education law and advocacy strategy, and is appropriate for parents, advocates, educators and attorneys.

Using WebEx, free software that you download and is easy to navigate, the Wrights use two of their flagship books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition as curriculum. You don’t have to rush to take notes, as they tell you exactly what you need to document, and where, guiding you every step of the way. If you need to review a section, you can click back and repeat that section as often as you like.

The Special Education Law and Advocacy Program Download focuses on four areas:

•special education law, rights and responsibilities

•tests and measurements to measure progress & regression


•tactics & strategies for effective advocacy