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Fall, 2019

Calling all BVKID members and followers!

We need your help to bring awareness to the local school and city libraries. All you have to do is present this poster to your library contact and ask if they would support our efforts to promote Dyslexia Awareness Month.

This is a good example of a simple display with a list of books for our kids. Don't forget to add some audiobooks too.

Please contact us if you would like to help. 

We are excited to team up with Community First Foundation for the Colorado Gives Day on 12.10.19!
Donating through this organization is one of the best ways to help fund our teacher training programs. Donations are tax-deductible. 
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Albert Einstein said, "If I can't picture it I can't understand it."

Note-taking strategies for strong visual-spatial learners:

  • Guided note-taking, present the main points
  • Provide the big picture before the lesson
  • Give the student time to process in pictures
  • Provide examples
  • Make it visual – pictorial representation
  • Use space to organize information – flow charts and graphic organizers
  • Categorize info
  • Use context – relate it to something they know
Verbal to Visual: Introduction to Visual Note-Taking
COKID has an active role in the Colorado Dyslexia Working Group established with the passage of HB19-1134. All meetings of the Dyslexia Working Group will be open to the public. Click here for more info.

Dyslexically Successful Panel

JeffcoKID is proud to sponsor it's second Dyslexically Successful Panel Oct 5 from 12-1:30pm at Standley Lake Library.

This will be one of several events happening in honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month in October! If you want to attend this discussion panel and hear from successful dyslexics in our community, please SIGN UP via the link below.

Dyslexically Successful has gathered a panel of successful professionals and students who are “Dyslexically Successful". Kids and adults welcome ~ meet, listen, interact, laugh (cry sometimes too), connect, and learn how to navigate becoming dyslexically successful. Our objective is to reframe the perception of dyslexia (and co-conditions like Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD/APD), and AD(H)D), to feel a part of a community (network, support, and build friendships), reduce shame, and to encourage people to focus on and use their strengths. No matter what part of the state or country you are from you are welcome to come!

Register Here

  • Thursday, October 3rd from 6-8 PM: Assistive Technology Night with BVSD Assistive Tech team and representatives from Google Read & Write will share what AT options for students with learning challenges.
  • Thursday, November 14th from 6-8 PM: Experience Dyslexia® simulation along with a Q & A at the Ed Center in Boulder. 
BVSD has a website with information about assistive technology (AT) and resources that you might want to check out. Consider a Fast Track Referral for Google Read & Write Premium to get the ball rolling. Here is the form for parents to get started: click here. 

Click here for more info: BVSD AT.

Ask Elaine

How do I find the right tutor for my child?


Parents can access lists for tutors from BVKID, IDA and Google search sites. Contacting their student's school administration may be another resource for tutors in their area.

Tutors listed from respected sources like IDA have met specific qualifications to be incl­uded on the lists.

Parents can verify if the tutor is qualified to teach specific programs, for example; Wilson, Barton, Lindamood Bell or Linguistic Remedies for Reading Disabilities. Ask if they are using the Orton Gillingham method, which is considered the best method available for dyslexic students.  Many programs use the OG method.

Further, parents may ask if the tutor is a certified teacher in their state.  The advantage of having a state-certified tutor is that they have been vetted by the state to receive state certification.

Parents will need to interview the tutor to ask about the program(s) they use to ensure that the program is explicit, linguistically based, and multi-sensory.  These are the fundamental characteristics of many research-based programs for dyslexic students and those who demonstrate Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.

The parents need to be informed about the workload and expectations for the student practice between sessions.

The student and tutor relationship will need to be one of mutual respect and occur in a safe environment.  Parents need to establish open communication with the tutor and decide if their student can confidently work collaboratively with the tutor.  I caution parents to engage in several sessions to develop a solid working relationship between the tutor and the student. Parents need to be wary of anyone who insists on a lengthy contractual agreement signed before all parties are satisfied with the tutor/student relationship.


Elaine is a special education teacher with 30 years of experience. She has taught in BVSD, Adams 12 & 14, and in private schools within the Front Range area. She currently teaches graduate-level courses in special education at CU. She is the owner of Academic Assessment Solutions LLC, where she evaluates and provides assessments for students with learning disabilities. She also offers OG based language instruction. Elaine also serves on the BVKID board as an educational advisor. For questions, contact Elaine through her Facebook page. 

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Are you a member of our private FB group? If not, consider joining a group of over 500 parents/guardians who share similar situations. It is a great place to ask questions and share ideas. 
Email us to be added to our
private Facebook group. This group is for parents/guardians who live in BVSD and have a child who is struggling with dyslexia.

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BVKID is proud to lend Barton materials for BVSD parents to use with their children. Each level kit contains training DVDs, tiles, and other materials for that level. Click here for more details.

If you are searching for a structured literacy program that is affordable, flexible, and evidence-based for kids who struggle with dyslexia, then try Lexercise Basic Therapy. We have partnered with Multisensory Reading Group to offer this program at a discount. Click here to learn more. 

More Ways to Give Back

Buying a new car? Getting rid of an old one? Selling isn’t your only option. We’ve teamed up with Donate for Charity to make donating your vehicle easy.  It’s a win for all:  you get a minimum $500 tax deduction (or higher, depending on what your car sells for), and BVKID receives the net proceeds to support our program.
Click here for more info.
You can now support BVKID as your charity partner with AmazonSmile. Click here for the direct link.
Help us earn money by linking your loyalty card (the one you scan at the cash register) to BVKID.

Click here for more info: King Soopers Card
Make a cash donation today. Click on the button below.
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Schedule a Simulation

Our recent simulation was to a room full of librarians hoping to gain more understanding of our struggling readers! Thanks to all of the volunteers for making these simulations so successful! 

Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning differences. Participants are guided through six learning tasks commonly encountered in the classroom or workplace. These activities are followed by a group discussion focusing on experiences shared and lessons learned, as well as practical tips, accommodations and interventions for the classroom. Click here for more information.

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BVKID Board Meetings

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at Lucky’s Market in the community room.
Oct 2nd
Nov 6th
Dec 4th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

695 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80301
South Boulder Lucky's Market

Board meetings are open to the public.
Visit our website for updated meeting information.
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