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October 21 Meeting: Simulation on Dyslexia

What is it like to have a reading difficulty? Ever wonder what it is like for your child?  Find out during our simulation.

The simulation takes participants through what it is like to try to read and perform language related tasks with a reading difficulty or dyslexia.

This is a very eye-opening simulation and it can be a very emotional one. We encourage you to bring your spouse and anyone who may be interested.

As always, our meetings are open to parents and educators. CEUs (Continuing Education credit) is available. Advance signup through Signup Genius is required.

When: 6:30 pm

Where: Heritage Elementary in Lewis Center

September 16: It’s all About Math!

Difficulty learning math? You’re not alone!

Come learn about the Cognition and Brain Science of Math Learning

Nancy Krasa, co-author of Number Sense and Number Nonsense: Understanding the Challenges of Learning Math, will join us on September 16 to talk with us about math! Co-authors Dr. Nancy Krasa (clinical psychologist) and Sara Shunkwiler (middle school teacher) offer their expertise for an eye-opening exploration of how the brain works during the many complex facets of math learning.

This talk will introduce the audience to a few highlights of current research. In particular, Dr. Krasa will talk about what it means to have (or not have) “number sense.” She will also discuss mathematical language, its relationship to natural language, and the problems that children with language and reading disorders often encounter in classroom mathematics.

ODN meetings are open to parents, educators and kids. We invite you to join us. More details are on our free mobile app.

When:      September 16th, 6:30 p.m.

Where:     Heritage Elementary School in the cafeteria

ODN Meetings Resume in September!

Just like our kids, ODN is on summer break!

We are still around so if you need help in any way please do reach out. We will not, however, hold meetings during the summer. We resume with our regular third Wednesday of every month schedule starting in September.

Be sure to catch us then.  In the meantime, rest up and have a great summer!

April 15 Meeting: Central Ohio’s Children’s Dyslexia Center

Did you know that the Children’s Center for Dyslexia offers free tutoring for students? Or that they train tutors on the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method? Or, that the Center has a summer program for students?

There is alot to know about the Children’s Dyslexia Center and about how help students with reading difficulties and dyslexia.  Join us for another exciting meeting. Also, remember that ODN is for kids and parents so feel free to bring your children along.

When:          April 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where:         Heritage Elementary School in the cafeteria

March 17**: What Happens to Your Child’s IEP in College

Dr. Matt Sauer, accommodations coordinator with the University of Cincinnati, will talk about what to expect in college, including what happens to your child’s IEP and how your child needs to prepare. Join us.

This is a perfect session for all IEP parents – parents of dyslexic children and all others – so please join us!

When:          March 17, 6:30 p.m.

** Please note that the date of this meeting changed from March 18 to March 17 due to a last minute conflict with the speaker’s calendar.

Where:         Heritage Elementary School in the cafeteria

February 18: College Planning with “At the Core”

College has changed and so, too, has the workforce. Now, more than ever it is important that students heading to college target their career choice accurately and early so that they can head off the rising costs of college — especially for our dyslexic kids.

Join us for this, the first of our two-part sessions on college planning and transitioning for our dyslexic children. Parents will receive tips from local experts Beth Probst and Sheri Broadfoot from “At The Core.” They will discuss the application process, standardized tests, and how students can learn to focus on their strongest traits as they define their futures.

Be sure to mark your calendar now, for our second session on college planning. On March 18, Dr. Matt Sauer will make an encore appearance this year and will speak about what happens to your child’s IEP in college and how you can help prepare your child now. Dr. Sauer is accommodations coordinator with the University of Cincinnati and chair of the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities.

ODN meetings are open to parents, educators and kids. We invite you to join us. 

When:      February 18, 6:30 p.m.

Where:     Heritage Elementary School in the cafeteria

January 21: Executive Functioning

“Executive function” skills are critical to success in school, work and life. Yet many students have difficulty with them and parents are not sure how to help.

Learn more about this and what you can do. Join ODN as welcome Julieann Ash. Ms. Ash is the founder of Midwest Educational Therapists & Associates.  She is an expert in executive functioning and one of the few individuals working directly in this field and with her level of expertise. Ms. Ash is the only Board Certified Educational Therapist in the state of Ohio.

ODN meetings are open to parents, educators and kids. We invite you to join us. More details are on our free mobile app.

When:      January 21, 6:30 p.m.

Where:     Heritage Elementary School in the cafeteria

**Please note that the originally schedule January topic has changed.   ODN’s January speaker had a family commitment and could not attend on this date.  

December 17: ODN Night at Buckeye Bounce!

Our December meeting is a fun one!  We will “meet” on December 17 at 6:30 pm at Buckeye Bounce in Powell.  This is a social meeting/outing for families.  Please join us!

Cost is $12/jumper/hour.  Mingling is free!

November 19 Meeting: Assistive Technology

It’s a fact: Students with reading difficulty benefit greatly from using technology and apps . But which are the best ones? What do the experts recommend?  Find out as we host Kris Kling from Marburn Academy who will discuss all this and more!

When:      November 19, 6:30 p.m.

Where:     Heritage Elementary School in the cafeteria

ODN meetings are open to parents, educators and kids. We invite you to join us. More details are on ODN’s free mobile app.  Find it in your app store today!

October 15 Meeting: Simulation on What it is Like to Have Dyslexia

It’s back!  Last year’s simulation on “What it is like to have dyslexia” was such a hit that parents requested that we host the event this year, too.  The simulation takes parents and educators through what it is like to try to read and perform language related tasks.

As a heads up, this is a very eye-opening simulation and it can be a very emotional one. We do encourage you to bring your spouse and anyone who may be interested. Also, be aware that we recommend that kids attend their regular breakout session outside of the room during this session.

We especially welcome educators to this event and, in fact, to all ODN meetings as a way to learn about dyslexia and partner with parents. Remember, too, that our meetings are open to those from other school districts, too.

When: October 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Heritage Elementary School in the cafeteria

Also, remember that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month in Ohio.  That means it’s a perfect month to host a simulation and to spread awareness about dyslexia. We hope to see you there!