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September 2022 Parent Information Blog from Kate Novak, ET/P

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

Please excuse any missed typos! I am dyslexic. I am an educator, but it is ok to be imperfect! This new monthly parent information blog is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I hope you enjoy it and I hope that I helped you to learn something new.


We feel fall in the air! It has been a great start to the year with our students. Every month I will be posting some information on different topics or things I am learning about. I am taking fewer appointments this year to have the time to expand my knowledge with more professional development. One really enjoyable part of being an Educational Therapist is learning new things. Please feel free to email me as a resource when it comes to mild/moderate learning differences. I am not an expert, but I love to learn and share with others. As a reminder, we are parents of successful LD children in college and graduate school. It is an honor to work with your children as we counted on the people who helped ours.

Website of interest:

Have you heard about The Science of Reading?

The science of reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research about reading and issues related to reading and writing. For more information, here is their website:

Dyslexia explained in less than 5 minutes:

This is one of the best explainations that I have seen.

Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective." Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain. Lesson by Kelli Sandman-Hurley, animation by Marc Christoforidis.

Podcast of the month:

Book of the Month:

The best teacher that I have ever had has written a new book! I meet with Marion regularly via Zoom to learn from her and I am so grateful for all the time and energy she has put into helping me to help my students. It is hard to believe that I have known her since I was her graduate student in 2008! Here is her bio and new book. Congratulations, Marion!

Marion E. Marshall, MS, BCET, FAET, is Emerita Professor, former Director of the Educational Therapy Program, and Founding Faculty Member in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Holy Names University, USA. A Board-Certified Educational Therapist, Credentialed Special Educator, and Independent School Learning Specialist, she was Clinical Director of the Raskob Day School and Learning Institute in Oakland, California.

Her new book:

Virtual Educational Therapy presents a board-certified educational therapist’s year-long case study of clinical supports and advocacy for a student with learning disabilities who is attending school remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. With online and blended learning, now the norm in K–12 education, educational therapists need new models of intervention, treatment, and relationship-building for their child-age clients. This book offers detailed single-case research focused on a middle-school student who is learning virtually while challenged with ADHD as well as visual and verbal memory issues, but who is nonetheless found ineligible for special education services. Across eight chapters, author and renowned educational therapist Marion E. Marshall describes the neuropsychological principles, research-based techniques, personal interactions, clinical approaches, and advocacy efforts that led to a vulnerable student’s significant gains in academic skills and outcomes.

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