I recently presented at the 21st Annual Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Global Autism Conference held virtually on September 11-12, 2020 on The Science of Learning: Connecting Science to Education.
Kathy Denious, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher
Learning Disabilities Specialist
I am a Certified Special Education Teacher in Phoenix, AZ and I believe every child is capable of learning. My focus is on helping children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and auditory processing disorders - often diagnosed as a language-based learning disability, mixed receptive-expressive disorder, or expressive language disorder - as well as those with autism and executive functioning disorder.
Children who learn differently often struggle - intellectually, developmentally, and socially - in a traditional school setting. My goal is to build a trusting relationship with your son or daughter and help them ignite a passion for learning. Working one-on-one with your child, I will find what inspires and motivates them and craft customized lesson plans suited to their interests, skills, and abilities. I want to find a way to help them unlock their potential and believe in themselves and their ability to succeed.
Few Americans are taught to read in a "scientific" or research-supported way. The old-fashioned methods - guessing, hoping, contextual clues, waiting - are woefully ineffective with struggling language learners.
Now there is actual research and scientific proof of the efficacy of "Structured Literacy." This is what our children with learning disabilities desperately need.
The world of learning disabilities can sometimes feel like a Pandora's Box of overwhelming jargon. You just want your child to be able to read.
As parents, we want to be able to advocate for our kids. To do that effectively, we must learn all that we can about the challenges they are facing.
"Mixed Expressive-Receptive Disorder" and "Language-Based Learning Disability"are umbrella terms that encompass a variety of diagnoses (and you can even encounter regional differences in the terminology). Your child may be wrestling with just one challenge, or they may be dealing with several overlapping issues.
Your understanding of what he or she is facing is one of the best ways to help them.
"I am passionate about ensuring that all educators have skills grounded in research, practice driven by data, and perseverance guided by accountability."
At the 20th Annual Regional Autism Conference, Phoenix/September 2019