Resources for Parents

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 […]

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Information about Dyslexia

“Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn’t always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum — one that doesn’t necessarily fit with labels like “normal” and “defective.” Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.”

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What do parents need to know about dyslexia?

Kathy Sherman, Director of Hillside, laid out the basic facts about dyslexia plus much more in her HillTOPICS presentation on January 10, 2017. Did you know that one in five children have some degree of dyslexia? And that many myths about dyslexia still persist, such as that boys are more affected than girls (they’re not), […]

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Surviving and Thriving with Executive Function Challenges

Dr. George McCloskey gave an entertaining and informative presentation at our 10th Anniversary Speaker’s Spotlight and Fundraiser. Our three big takeaways were… Things will change and get better as our students practice new skills and mature. Development is not a straight line. Keep a long term perspective in mind. Students with executive function challenges will improve […]

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IEP Meeting Recommendations from Julie Hagy-Hancock

Do you have an IEP meeting coming up? Here are some recommendations from Julie Hagy-Hancock, Special Education Advocate. Ask to see results of testing prior to the meeting. Write down your thoughts before the meeting. IEP meetings can be emotional, and it’s easy to forget to address important points. You can request specific staff members […]

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How to Use Text to Speech on an iPad

In this video, Ben Foss shows a student how to use the “text to speech” feature on his iPad. Ben is a SUPER FAST “ear reader”, but students can personalize the speed of the reader so that they are able to understand and follow along with the text at their own pace. Have you used […]

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