Dyslexia Resources

Learning is a lifelong experience. As a school, Hillside is involved in a continual process of enhancing our teaching practices and knowledge of factors that affect children’s ability to be successful learners with a sense of positive well-being. Often what we learn and discover at Hillside is important information for parents or anyone involved with the development of children. Below, you will find many resources that we hope will help you in your quest to support your child. If you have questions about your child’s learning, Kathy Sherman, Director of Hillside School, is happy to help.

Organizations and Helpful Websites

Boulder Valley School District

Anna Stewart, School, Parent & Community Liaison

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

CDE Family Information and Resources

SLD Topic Brief: Dyslexia and SLD

Instruction for individuals with reading disabilities/deficits should address all five components of reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Additionally, interventions should be:

  • Research-based;
  • Explicit: directly teach skills for reading, spelling, and writing;
  • Systematic and cumulative: i.e., have a definite, logical sequence of concept introduction; and
  • Structured: have step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts.


U.S. Department of Education: Section 504

Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary School

Parenting Classes and Support Groups

REAL Parenting: Parenting classes and coaching with Stephanie Bryan
Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs, facilitated by Deb Fitzgibbons

Possible Income Tax Benefits for Parents

Possible Income Tax Benefits for Parents of Dyslexic and ADHD Children from NerdWallet.com

“According to Regs. Sec. 1.213-1(e)(1)(v), the unreimbursed cost of attending a “special school” for a neurologically or physically handicapped individual is deductible as a medical expense if the principal reason for sending the individual to the school is to alleviate the handicap through the school’s resources.”

from the JournalofAccountancy.com

Transportation Assistance

Wondering how to get your student to and from Hillside?
Some parents have used the CU Job Bulletin board to hire a CU Boulder student to drive their student. This is not an endorsement, just sharing of resources. If you’re interested, go to Post a Job. Interested students will contact you directly; the university does not pre-screen or do background checks on any applicants. We encourage you to perform due diligence when considering any potential employee. Let us know how it works out for you if you use it.