Academic Learning Solutions is available for community speaking engagements to most businesses, professionals, or social groups free of charge for the purpose of community education. Available broad topics are as follows. Some could be combined with other topics if you wish. You can springboard from these to suggest a more narrowly-focused topic for your meeting.
Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Early warning signs, Diagnosis, Remediation
Choosing a Reading Tutor:
How to know what your child needs in a reading tutor
Why most tutors & centers do not address the root problem of reading difficulty
Programs that do and do not work, and why
Where to find a reading tutor (ALS is not the only place)
Parent/Child Advocacy in Public & Private Schools:
Parent & Child Rights
How to determine the needs of the child
What kind of evaluation should the school should provide
How does a parent get the school district to pay for a free independent evaluation?
Are your child's goals adequate and legally sufficient?
Assessments -- understanding their scores, what do those numbers mean in relation to your child's needs?
Due Process and State Complaints -- from a parent's perspective.
Home School & Parenting-Related Topics -- appropriate for parent support groups of any focus, or training for staff in your day-care, preschool, and kindergarten:
Reading/math readiness skills
Kindergarten/1st grade skills: what and how to teach reading, handwriting, math
Focus on reading instruction -- how to teach it and monitor for adequate progress
How do I know if my child's reading is progressing as it should be
Determining your child's academic needs
Choosing the right home school or tutoring curriculum
How to meet the needs of a child who struggles
How to know if you might have a child with dyslexia, and what to do about it
Early warning signs of a child who might have dyslexia, and how to intervene to avoid years of struggles
Oregon home school testing requirements & preparing your child for them
Privately Developed Plans (PDP) versus testing, and how to get one
Pros/cons/ and whether or not to involve the public school in your child's education (for testing and/or for provision of services)
Are public schools the answer for a frustrated parent who feels inadequate to meet their child's needs?
Empowering parents to learn how to teach their struggling learner or special needs child
Making sure your special-needs child is eligible for college accommodations (extra time for tests, assignments, etc.) for students with ADHD, dyslexia, reading problems, inability to work fast, difficulty with organization, and other needs