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Want to learn more about dyslexia?


Learn the terms now, so you can understand important conversations later.


The way students with learning differences need to be taught, can be quite different than the way many schools typically teach. Understanding the strategies that work best and can make you a better advocate for a child with dyslexia.


If your child is already receiving great instruction, this course will help you understand the strategies they use so you can help with reading and spelling tasks at home.


Who is this course for?

  • Those starting their dyslexia journey of understanding
  • Parents who want to help their child
  • General education teachers
  • Tutors who want to learn new strategies


This course is NOT for those who already have a strong understanding of dyslexia and IDA accredited reading programs.


Meet Lisa Parnello


Lisa Parnello is an instructor with over 15 years of experience including public school, and private schools, with a primary focus on students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and high functioning autism. She started her career teaching general education students and discovered her heart was set on helping the children who struggled the most.

She earned her M.Ed. in special education and has since dedicated her life to helping the most struggling learners. She is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Therapist and a Wilson Credentialed Trainer. Lisa served as the Lower School Director of Sand Hill School at CHC in Palo Alto. She trains and guides teachers as they develop into successful special education instructors including mentoring teachers and instructional coaching.


Want to better understand dyslexia?



You will gain a basic understanding of the most common learning differences and terms you may commonly hear in school discussions.

How do structured reading programs work?


This course provides an easy-to-understand overview of the most commonly used strategies for teaching students with learning differences how to read and spell.

Do you want to learn how to help?


You can use the knowledge you gain from this course to help your child at home and advocate for their education.

Course Curriculum


  1. Learning Differences - The Basics
  2. What are learning differences?
  3. Special Education Terminology
  4. Having a learning difference vs. qualifying for services
  5. Specific learning differences
  6. Dyslexia
  7. What is dyslexia?
  8. Common features of dyslexia
  9. Unexpected Dyslexia Associations
  10. Structured Reading Programs
  11. What are structured reading programs?
  12. Phonemic Awareness - The Foundation
  13. What are syllable types?
  14. Making it Multisensory
  15. Syntax
  16. Comprehension
  17. Morphology
  18. What is Morphology?
  19. Developing Vocabulary Through Morphology
  20. How to Help
  21. Strategies, not guesses!
  22. Finding a Trained Educator
  23. Share Knowledge
  24. Advocate for Change


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