We had an amazing time at the 63rd Annual International Dyslexia Association Conference and 1st Annual Parent Conference. After exhibiting and presenting, we had a chance to catch up with old friends and make new friends from around the world.
Didn’t make it this year? We got you covered. Take a look at our pictures and read the most valuable lessons that the Verticy team learned at the IDA Conference.
The Verticy team in action at the IDA Conference
Before: Anne S. getting down and dirty laying the floor down for the Verticy booth in the exhibit hall.
After: Angela and Michelle preparing to show participants the ins and outs of the Verticy program.
Anne and Cailyn showcasing Verticy in the Exhibit Hall.
Beth Badorf, a Verticy mom, proudly displays her Verticy Word Cards to Diana King, the author of the Writing Skills books used in the Yellow and Green Levels of the Verticy Grammar and Composition course.
In addition to speaking to families and teachers in the Exhibit Hall, the Verticy team attended presentations from experts in the field on Working Memory, Fluency, Math, and others.
Here’s a sneak peek into our thoughts about the conference:
The IDA conference was an incredible experience. It was remarkable to collaborate with professionals, parents, and individuals of all ages who live with dyslexia. There were several messages that seemed to resonate throughout this year’s conference – the need to improve reading instruction in all teacher education programs and the importance of getting the message out to all people who are affected by someone with dyslexia.
It is an exciting time to be part of Verticy because we are able to help individuals in public, private, and homeschool environments, and these partnerships will be driving Verticy into the 21st century of learning.
- Michelle “Mic” Dunn, Verticy Learning Specialist
I was thrilled to attend the IDA conference in Baltimore this year. Meeting with the families and teachers who are excited about Verticy was such a wonderful experience. I also had the opportunity to learn more about the effect that dyslexia has on a student’s math skills.
One of the main areas that dyslexic students struggle with is memorizing math facts. Math instruction tends to be verbal, and this makes it very difficult for students who have poor short term memory. Words as well as symbols used in math can be problematic for dyslexic students. There are ways to remediate, including teaching math vocabulary very explicitly, using concrete objects to teach concepts, and teaching steps directly. It is important for parents to be aware of these potential issues in math and provide support as needed.
- Anne Susie, Verticy Curriculum Specialist
We’d like to announce the winners of the Verticy drawing that was held during the conferences.
- Professional Conference Winner: Karen L. from Oklahoma
- Parent Conference Winner: Marianne R. from New York
Congratulations to our winners! You will be contacted individually and will receive your prizes in the mail.
We hope to see you all at next year’s conferences. OR you can come visit us at the 50th Annual International Learning Disabilities Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, from February 13–16, 2013.
And one more thing…
We have decided to extend our Verticy 10% off sale until Thursday, November 15. The conference reminded us all of just how important this type of solution is for struggling students, so take advantage of this opportunity to help your child love learning again.