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Dyslexia Devoted

Dyslexia Devoted

By Lisa Parnello, Dyslexia Therapist

Do you want to learn more about dyslexia and how to help students who struggle with reading? Dyslexia Devoted is dedicated to all things related to dyslexia and is designed for both parents and educators to learn more about dyslexia. In each episode, Lisa Parnello will cover topics including instructional strategies, common challenges for people with dyslexia, and interviews with special guests.
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Ep. 41 Preparing for Standardized Tests

Dyslexia DevotedMar 13, 2023

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Ep. 68 Preparing Kids for Formal Assessments
Sep 18, 202310:29
Ep. 67 Back-to-School Speed Bumps
Sep 12, 202316:21
Ep. 66 Dyslexia and Autism

Ep. 66 Dyslexia and Autism

In This Episode:

Did you know I used to specialize in high functioning autism?

Welcome to Episode 66 of Dyslexia Devoted and today we’re talking about autism and dyslexia combined.

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode66

This Episode's Topics:

  1. How are dyslexia and autism related?
  2. Why is it harder to realize a child with autism has dyslexia?
  3. What additional challenges come from having these two learning differences simultaneously?

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Sep 03, 202317:32
Ep. 65 Summer Program Success Stories
Aug 28, 202312:29
Ep. 64 Things You Need to Tell the New Teacher
Aug 21, 202307:24
Ep. 63 The Importance of Spelling Skills
Aug 13, 202311:37
Ep. 62 Back to School

Ep. 62 Back to School

In This Episode:

Are you ready for the school year to begin? I am!!

Welcome to Episode 62 of Dyslexia Devoted and today we’re talking about going back to school!

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode62

This Episode's Topics:

  1. Inform ALL teachers about learning differences
  2. Start getting them back into school schedules for sleep
  3. Start getting good morning and afternoon routines in place, making checklists if necessary

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Aug 08, 202311:52
Ep. 61 Dyslexia and Siblings
Jul 30, 202313:55
Ep. 60 Downside of Summer Homework
Jul 24, 202309:14
Ep. 59 Crossing Between Languages
Jul 18, 202312:42
Ep. 58 Attitude is Everything!

Ep. 58 Attitude is Everything!

Do you ever wonder what role attitude plays in a child's ability to succeed?
Welcome to Episode 58 of Dyslexia Devoted where attitude is everything!
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Download the summer reading list here:
parnelloeducation.com/summerreading
Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode58
This Episode's Topics:

Why are there so many founders and CEOs with Dyslexia and/or ADHD?
How does attitude make a difference in the amount of progress a child makes?
How do we teach kids that sometimes failure is expected and a totally normal step on the way to progress and success?

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Summer Reading Book List
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Connect with Lisa Parnello:

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Facebook.com/ParnelloEducation
Dyslexia Devoted Facebook Group
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Jul 09, 202312:04
Ep. 57 Summer Reading for Elementary Grades
Jul 04, 202310:55
Ep. 56 Summer Reading Books for Middle Grades

Ep. 56 Summer Reading Books for Middle Grades

Do you want to know some fun books for kids in 5th-8th grade to read this summer?

Welcome to Episode 56 of Dyslexia Devoted where I'll be giving you a list of great books for kids to enjoy reading this summer.

Download the summer reading list here: parnelloeducation.com/summerreading


Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode56


This Episode's Topics:

  1. What books are fun and enjoyable for kids to read this summer?
  2. Podcasts for Middle School Kids

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Jun 27, 202310:02
Ep. 55 Preventing the Summer Slide
Jun 19, 202307:59
Ep. 54 Importance of Morphology
Jun 12, 202312:38
Ep. 53 Fun Summer Learning
Jun 04, 202312:51
Ep. 52 - 1 Year Reflection - Why Teachers Are Leaving Schools
May 28, 202320:31
Ep. 51 Student Success Stories Part 2
May 21, 202316:55
Ep. 50 Celebration
May 14, 202308:34
Ep. 49 EnCHANTed Teaching

Ep. 49 EnCHANTed Teaching

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What tricks do you have for learning troublesome words?

Welcome to Episode 49 of Dyslexia Devoted features special guest Christine Blance talking about her use of chants for teaching challenging words.

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode49

This Episode's Topics:

  1. Children with dyslexia need to be taught in different ways
  2. Spelling chants can help with troublesome spelling words

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May 07, 202334:44
Ep. 38 When a Student Doesn't Make Progress

Ep. 38 When a Student Doesn't Make Progress

What do you do when a student isn’t doing as well as you’d expected or hoped?

Welcome to Episode 48 of Dyslexia Devoted and today we’re talking about the different reasons a student may continue to struggle

This episode is inspired by a question from Suheil over in the Devoted Facebook group.

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode48

 wanted to let you know that the pre-sale pricing of my latest course The Educators Guide to Dyslexia is 50% off until Sunday, May 7th, 2023. Then the price goes up. 

In this course, I’ll be helping educators learn how to help students with dyslexia be successful as we dive into how students with dyslexia learn to read, how to make accommodations work in the real world, and how to set goals that help them succeed. 

To learn more about this new course, go to parnelloeducation.com/courses or you will also find the link in the show description where you’re listening to this episode

This Episode's Topics:

  1. How the type of instruction can hinder progress
  2. How instruction is being implemented
  3. Special circumstances that naturally slow progress
  4. Your options to make changes

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May 01, 202320:35
Ep. 47 Why Do We Teach Nonsense?
Apr 23, 202308:19
Ep. 46 How Speech Affects Reading and Spelling
Apr 16, 202310:54
Ep. 45 Getting Ready for Summer

Ep. 45 Getting Ready for Summer

Are you ready for summer? I know I sure am!

Welcome to Episode 45 of Dyslexia Devoted and today we’re talking about getting ready for summer break!

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode45

This is going to be a shortie episode because it’s Easter when I’m recording this and only this weekend did I finally stop having covid, so my energy is still pretty low. 

But don’t worry you actually get extra time with me this week because I was interviewed by two different people who have podcasts and both are ready for you right now. 

The first one that I recorded 2 weeks ago before I got sick and it will be live within hours of when I post today’s episode. You can hear my interview with Ashley DiMercurio on The Reading Project podcast, and I’ll link that in the show notes. 

The second was a live video stream for the Hot Topics! podcast that isn’t live on the podcast apps yet, but you can already find the recording of our live conversation over on the Parnello Education Facebook page or in the Dyslexia Devoted Facebook group.

This Episode's Topics:

  1. Make a plan for summer
  2. Find out what they need to practice most
  3. Find a tutor

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Apr 10, 202306:17
Ep. 44 Should a Child Be Held Back a Grade?
Apr 02, 202314:01
Ep. 43 Thinking in Pictures
Mar 27, 202310:55
Ep. 42 Helping Kids Tell Their Friends About Dyslexia
Mar 20, 202313:42
Ep. 41 Preparing for Standardized Tests
Mar 13, 202315:20
Ep. 40 The IEP Process
Mar 05, 202313:46
Ep. 39 Helping Kids Develop Grit
Feb 27, 202315:42
Ep. 38 TV and Movie Characters with Dyslexia

Ep. 38 TV and Movie Characters with Dyslexia

Can you think of a character in a book or TV show that has dyslexia?

Welcome to Episode 38 of Dyslexia Devoted and today we’re talking about the importance of characters with dyslexia.

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode38

This Episode's Topics:
  1. Why is it important to have characters with dyslexia?
  2. TV and Movie Characters with Dyslexia
  3. Will Trent - new TV show featuring a dyslexic as the lead character
Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Connect with Lisa Parnello:
Feb 18, 202310:57
Ep. 37 The Stigma of Dyslexia
Feb 12, 202316:52
Ep. 36 My Child Has Dyslexia, Now What?

Ep. 36 My Child Has Dyslexia, Now What?

  1. Access a FREE Masterclass: Parents' Guide to Dyslexia and Reading Troubles
  2. Register for the first Discovering Dyslexia online course!

It's the only course of its kind that walks parents through the entire process from the very first diagnosis report to the IEP process, the accommodations, and finding the right instruction for your child.

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Feb 04, 202307:05
Ep. 35 FREE Masterclass Parents' Guide to Dyslexia
Jan 29, 202304:23
Ep. 34 What are the Signs of Dyslexia?
Jan 23, 202314:22
Ep. 33 What is an SLD in Reading?
Jan 16, 202313:08
Ep. 32 IEP Terms You Need to Know
Jan 08, 202318:55
Ep. 31 Goal Setting for Kids

Ep. 31 Goal Setting for Kids

Want to Learn More About Your Options for Dyslexia in and out of Schools?

Get my Dyslexia in Schools Mini-Course for FREE until January 2, 2023!

In This Episode:

Happy new year! Adults set new year's resolutions all the time, but what about kids? But to be honest… grown-ups rarely stick to their resolutions, so let’s not set kids up for failure. Let’s teach them how to create meaningful goals they can really achieve!

Welcome to Episode 31 of Dyslexia Devoted and today we’re focusing on goal setting!

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode31

This Episode's ADHD Topics:
  1. Why do we set goals?
  2. The importance of letting kids see you set goals
  3. Helping Kids Set Goals
Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Connect with Lisa Parnello:
Jan 01, 202312:38
Ep. 30 Dyslexia in Schools Mini Course
Dec 25, 202202:09
Ep. 29 How to Help Dyslexic Kids Deal with Mistakes & Failure

Ep. 29 How to Help Dyslexic Kids Deal with Mistakes & Failure

Have you ever wondered how to help dyslexic kids deal with constantly making mistakes, even when they do their best?

Welcome to Episode 29 of Dyslexia Devoted and today we’re going to be talking about ways to help kids with dyslexia deal with mistakes and failures.

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode29

I’m getting ready to launch a brand-new course to help families that have recently received a dyslexia diagnosis for their child.

It’s called Discovering Dyslexia: A Parents Roadmap to Navigating the First Year

It’s all about understanding the assessments, the basics of IEP meetings, programs that work for kids with dyslexia, and various educational options you have to help your child.

And I have a special opportunity for 10 of you.

In exchange for giving me some feedback on some of the items I plan to put in the course, you get a special 50% discount. For only $99 you get a $197 course when I’m done putting the finishing touches on it.

I’ll be sending a couple of “this or that” kind of questions, that will take you 5 mins or less to answer.

In return, you’ll get a big discount on the course and access to all the content and bonus material when it goes live on February 12th.

There are only 10 spots available for this opportunity and it closes on Saturday, December 24th, 2022.

Find the link on the description where you’re listening to this episode or go to the courses tab on the ParnelloEducation.com website to learn more.

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode28

This Episode's Topics:
  1. Helping students practice making mistakes and losing with games
  2. Reinforce the positive before making small adjustments, and avoid calling them mistakes and errors.
  3. Teach and reinforce the ability to ask for help and self-advocacy skills
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Dec 19, 202220:20
Ep. 28 *Special Offer* What I Wish I Knew Sooner About Dyslexia

Ep. 28 *Special Offer* What I Wish I Knew Sooner About Dyslexia

What is one thing about dyslexia that you wish you knew sooner?

Welcome to episode 28 of Dyslexia Devoted! Recently I posted a message in a local dyslexia group asking that exact question… What is one thing about dyslexia you wish you knew sooner? And I got some great answers that I wanted to share with you, because knowledge is power!

Now before we get into the answers to those questions, including my own. I have a special announcement to make!

I’m getting ready to launch a brand-new course to help families that have recently received a dyslexia diagnosis for their child.

It’s called Discovering Dyslexia: A Parents Roadmap to Navigating the First Year

It’s all about understanding the assessments, the basics of IEP meetings, programs that work for kids with dyslexia, and various educational options you have to help your child.

And I have a special opportunity for 10 of you.

In exchange for giving me some feedback on some of the items I plan to put in the course, you get a special 50% discount. For only $99 you get a $197 course when I’m done putting the finishing touches on it.

There are only 10 spots available for this opportunity and it closes on Saturday, December 17th, 2022.

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode28

This Episode's Topics:
  1. A Special offer on my *NEW* course Discovering Dyslexia: A Parent's Roadmap to Navigating the First Year
  2. Hear what parents and educators wish they knew sooner about dyslexia.
Connect with Lisa Parnello: Resources Mentioned in this Episode:


Dec 11, 202211:30
Ep. 27 What to Do with Kids During Long School Breaks
Dec 04, 202212:50
Bonus: Giving Tuesday Episode
Nov 29, 202202:18
Ep. 26 When to Get a Formal Dyslexia Evaluation
Nov 27, 202211:46
Ep. 25 Dyslexia Success Stories

Ep. 25 Dyslexia Success Stories

Dyslexia often involves struggle, but the best parts are when kids with dyslexia experience success!!

Show notes: parnelloeducation.com/episode25

This Episode's Dyslexia Success Stories:
  1. From Struggling Reader to AP Classes
  2. Multiple Learning Disabilities and STILL Hitting Big Goals!
  3. Struggling Reader to Avid Reader!
  4. Discovering to Communicate and Use Accommodations
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Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Want to Learn More About Dyslexia?

Do you want to learn more about dyslexia and how students with dyslexia learn how to read? Do you want to have a better understanding of special education terminology, the advantages of dyslexia, and how to help your child with dyslexia?

For a limited time,  you can sign up for lifetime access to my Understanding Dyslexia Online Course with a special 20% discount, just for my Dyslexia Devoted listeners. This course is only open to new participants from now until Thanksgiving 2022. Then I’m closing it down and preparing for my new course opening later this winter, so sign up today while it’s still available using the link in the episode description and the promo code; PODCAST for 20% off.

Nov 20, 202214:06
Ep. 24 IDA Conference 2022 Recap
Nov 16, 202215:36
Ep. 23 Dyslexia and ADHD Part 2
Nov 07, 202214:09
Ep. 22 Dyslexia and Languages
Oct 31, 202214:46
Ep. 21 The Importance of Dyslexia Self Advocacy

Ep. 21 The Importance of Dyslexia Self Advocacy

Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Want to Learn More About Dyslexia?

Do you want to learn more about dyslexia and how students with dyslexia learn how to read? Do you want to have a better understanding of special education terminology, the advantages of dyslexia, and how to help your child with dyslexia?

For a limited time,  you can sign up for lifetime access to my Understanding Dyslexia Online Course with a special 20% discount, just for my Dyslexia Devoted listeners. This course is only open to new participants from now until Thanksgiving 2022. Then I’m closing it down and preparing for my new course opening later this winter, so sign up today while it’s still available using the link in the episode description and the promo code; PODCAST for 20% off.

In This Episode:

Have you ever talked to a child with dyslexia about self-advocacy?

Welcome to Episode 21 and today we’re focusing on why teaching children with dyslexia how to self-advocate is so essential.

Strategies That DON'T Help with Dyslexia:
  1. Why do kids with dyslexia need to self-advocate?
  2. What does it look like?
  3. How to get started
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Oct 24, 202211:41
Ep. 20 Strategies that DON'T Work for Dyslexia

Ep. 20 Strategies that DON'T Work for Dyslexia

In This Episode:

Have you ever wondered if a suggested treatment for dyslexia really works?

Welcome to Episode 20 and today we’re going to discuss strategies that DON’T help people with dyslexia! Be sure to tune in the very last section today as I have just found an amazing video about parents advocating for their children with dyslexia and it aligns perfectly with our last myth.

Also, one of the fantastic parents I work with shared with me This American Life Podcast Episode 773: The Longest Distance Between Two Points. The first 7 minutes of the episode sound pretty much like every day in my office as I teach children how to read. Those first few months can be pretty bumpy as a child is learning to read, and many don’t realize just how much work goes into it.

Strategies That DON'T Help with Dyslexia:
  1. Vision Therapy
  2. Special Fonts
  3. Balanced Literacy and Leveled Readers
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Oct 16, 202213:49