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Dyslexia Got You Down?

Author: Heidi Kroner, Executive Director, Aspire Academy
Posted: October 11, 2017




In our society, the ability to read and spell is associated with intelligence.  But one thing I have learned through my life-long experiences with people affected by dyslexia, is that it has no relationship to intelligence.  Some of the smartest people in Western Society have (had) dyslexia including Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Bill Gates.  None of us would say these people lacked intelligence even though they struggled with the ability to read and spell as fluently and accurately as others.

 

However, dyslexia is a hidden disabiity, misunderstood by the educational community, and society in general.  It can cause many emotional scars, embarrassment and shame.  Des Moines now is lucky to have a new resource.

 

Restorative Counseling DSM is operated by Kelly Rennick O'Berry, a licensed independent social worker who has dyslexia and was diagnosed late in life.  Her goal is to provide counseling services that

 

  • Increase self-confidence and reduce learned-helplessness
  • Use stengths and abilities to achieve goals
  • Help clients understand how learning differences can impact emotional health
  • Reframe and accept past experiences
  • Appreciate and understand unique attributes

 

She provides parenting skills counseling, IEP / 504 Consultation, services to support and understand depression, anxiety, emotional regulartion, and executive functioning.

 

Aspire Academy is providing one hour of Kelly's services at no charge for any client who signed a six-month pre-pay contract, and two hours for those who signed a pre-pay 12-month contract.  Aspire will pay for first one-to-two hours, so that you can have a low-risk way to try her services.  Use them for IEP / 504 consultation, parenting skills, or helping to better understand the affect of a hidden disability on your child's self-esteem.  

 

Give Kelly a call today - 515-729-7370. 








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August 28 2018
The most common reading disorder is dyslexia, but it often goes undetected. Learn if your child's reading struggles could be related to dyslexia.


Providing Notes to Students with Dyslexia
March 01 2018
Students with dyslexia find it almost impossible to take notes during a lecture. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder. Dyslexia makes it hard to write and spell, and taking notes during a lecture causes the dyslexic student to make a choice - do I listen and absorb the information, or do


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"I just heard your ad on the radio today. Heidi helped our son a few years ago, and we are very thankful!! He is almost done with his first semester at the University of Iowa majoring in Biomedical Engineering! The SDS office at Iowa also accepted his dyslexia documentation so he was granted extra time to take exams, leniency on spelling/grammar and a distraction free testing environment. Thank you for all your help!"

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