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An Act Of Courage

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Going to school each day is an act of courage
By Susan Barton

This is why our bright kids with dyslexia often develop anxiety or depression and dread going to school.

Jessica Spriggs sent this to me as an email, and gave me permission to share it.

I'm very proud of both of my kids, but only Olivia wakes up every day knowing that she will face huge hurdles throughout her school day.

Lately, it has been extremely hard to convince her that going to school is a good idea.

She sits in class feeling defeated because she learns differently than most of her classmates.

She struggles getting through homework.

And even though she studies for tests, she may barely pass a test. She knows the material inside and out, but to apply it in the traditional way seems impossible at times.

Her teachers rave about her huge vocabulary, her poise, her generosity, and her creativity.

But there is always that moment when she feels like giving up.

Maybe it's when her name is not posted for honor roll because she just could not make A's and B's despite hours of studying.

Maybe it's when she has to think about which hand is her right hand, and she gets confused.

Maybe it's the overwhelming pressure she feels when she knows she has to take a standardized test soon and wonders if she can pass on to the next grade.

She has lots of anxiety, but this girl has gained strength, grit, power, endurance, and most of all, a backbone to handle everything thrown her way.

She is the face of dyslexia, but she will not let it define her!

She will concentrate on the things that make her happy: being kind, sewing, artwork, and public speaking.

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We Can And Must Do Better

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A parent in Nebraska created this video to prove the need for a dyslexia law to her legislators.

What she had to go through to get her son's school to provide the right type of help is insane -- and sadly, all too common.

Get out your hankies before you watch this 8 minute video.

Please, parents, trust your gut. You know there's something different about your child much earlier than the teachers.

I Love These Teachers

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Susan Barton loves these teachers !!!!

As part of their training about dyslexia, the teachers at Greenbrook Elementary in New Jersey were shown Sophia's Fight Song.

They were so moved that they created this video in response -- which shows their promises on how they will support students will dyslexia.

The principal sent it to Sophia's mom, who sent it to me along with permission to share it from both of them.

Don't you wish ALL teachers "got it" and supported our students this way ???

Be prepared to click on the Pause button frequently as you watch this as some of the photos go by too fast.

By the way, if you have never watched Sophia's Fight Song, click here to watch it now.

Another Hero

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This former teacher is another one of my heroes.

My own dyslexia was a gift from God. Meeting you was another. Thank you for all you have done to change the lives of children and their families.

Over the past decade, I have personally witnessed the success of over one hundred students whom I have tutored using the Barton System.

One of my former students graduated valedictorian and is now in vet school.

Another took herself out of special ed classes when she was in 8th grade, and she graduated with honors last year. She actually said to me, "You saved my life."

Another worked as a night cleaner at a fast-food restaurant until he could read all the items on the menu. He was then promoted to trainer of the night cleaners. Eventually he changed jobs to become a line cook at a fancy restaurant. This young man, who began the Barton System when he was a senior in high school, now works for a well-known soda company, is married, and has 2 children.

Yet at age 18, when we started, he said, "I will never learn how to read and write. My teachers say I have a learning disability, and that's why I am so dumb."

After I left the public school system, I began a ministry at my church called 3H Tutoring: Help, Hope and Honor for Struggling Readers. My pastors are very supportive and have announced this ministry to the congregation.

We now have 17 students and 3 tutors: myself and 2 trained volunteers. We have seen remarkable gains in our students' standardized test scores, an incredible gain in their self-confidence, and a newly-found love of books and literature.

Thank you for helping me save the lives, and change the future, of these wonderful students.

TerraBeth Jochems
Founder of 3H Tutoring

Billings, MT

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Two New Videos

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To watch Susan Barton's new webinar called How To Spot Dyslexia In A Writing Sample, click here.

During that webinar, Susan Barton:

  • Shows the many classic warning signs in 11 different samples

  • Explains dysgraphia and shows samples with and without it

  • Proves cursive does not make b-d confusion go away

After watching this video, tutors, teachers, and other professionals will easily be able to find students who probably have dyslexia just by looking at compositions, spelling tests, or worksheets.

Susan Barton also holds Facebook Live Video Chats to share important information. Each is 6 to 7 minutes, and the response has been terrific. Since they were recorded, you can watch them now  even if you do not use Facebook.

Chat #12: Retention and Opting Out

Other popular chats include:

Chat #8Is it time to change schools?

Chat #6: How to measure progress

Chat #11Should I Tell My Child She Has Dyslexia?

Chat #10Penmanship and typing

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30 Things A Test Can't Measure

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The state standards tests are coming soon.

Always remember that children are much more than a test score, and there are so many skills and qualities that are NOT measured on those tests.

If you want to opt your child out, click here.

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