Upcoming Dyslexia Parent Group Meetings and Events: Fall 2017

October Dyslexia Awareness Month: Film Screening and Discussion of HBO Documentary: “Journey Into Dyslexia”
When: Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 – 9:00PM
Where: Science Lecture Hall, Lexington High School
Description: Journey into Dyslexia (HBO, 2011) presents profiles of dyslexic students and adults who share their experiences of struggling in school and then succeeding in life. Academy-Award winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond examine the complexities of this differently structured brain and debunk the myths and misperceptions about dyslexia. This film reveals that many adult professionals who once struggled to learn in school consider their dyslexia a unique gift and the defining reason behind their success. Discussion to follow film screening.
Please Note: Due to some emotional testimonies, this film is appropriate for kids ages 10+.
Trailer: http://videoverite.tv/pages/film-JID-about.html
Co-Sponsored with Lexington Special Education Parent Teacher Association, LexSEPTA and LexSEPAC.

Dyslexia Parents Group Coffee
When: Wednesday, October 25th, 9:30-11:30AM
Where: RSVP to lexdyslexia@gmail.com

The Goal Driven IEP: A Parents’ Guide to What to Ask for at Your IEP Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stember, Ph.D.
When: Wednesday, November 8th 7:00-8:45PM
Where: Large Meeting, Cary Library
Co-Sponsored with Lexington Special Education Parent Teacher Association, LexSEPTA and LexSEPAC

This talk will cover specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child’s IEP; how to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made; common best practice approaches to address and common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans. It will also cover definitions of disabilities and which goals to ask for to address specific learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional disorders, as well as how to determine if progress is occurring.

Dr. Stember holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. He specializes in youth and teens with learning disabilities, behavioral and spectrum disorders. He also advocates for kids in IEP meetings with school districts. He is a recognized expert in cognitive behavioral/exposure-based therapy for anxiety, learning and behavioral disorders. Dr. Stember has given grand rounds presentations, trained educators and consults to a variety of districts throughout New England. He is the prior Director of Behavioral Medicine at North Shore Children’s Hospital, and maintains private practice offices in Salem and Arlington.

The Dyslexia Parents Group of Lexington (MA) is a sub-group of the Lexington Special Education Parent Teacher Association, LexSEPTA and LexSEPAC. (www.lexsepta.org).

We meet monthly and are open to anyone in the Lexington Public Schools (LPS) who has a dyslexic child or thinks that they may have one and needs to talk with and learn from other parents. Whether or not your child is on an IEP, in the process of establishing one, or you’re just curious and need more information, please come to share your experiences, ask questions, and impart your knowledge in a supportive environment.
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Email:lexdyslexia@gmail.com
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