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OTS 125: Exploring Dyslexia: Understanding and Supporting Students

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 125 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

How much do you really know about dyslexia?

Join us as we explore this often-misunderstood learning disorder. Jayson and Penny dive into the importance of evaluation, therapy, and the crucial support needed for teachers and students facing dyslexia. Tune in to learn more!

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will identify the ties between dyslexia and mental health.

  • Learners will identify what dyslexia is and the common misconceptions.

  • Learners will identify effective teaching strategies for supporting students with dyslexia in the classroom.

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Guest Bio

Penny Stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, has over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist, which includes working with children who have special learning needs. Penny is certified in Handwriting Without Tears, has a master’s in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt College, and a doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University. Her research on closed-head injuries and cognitive retraining has been published in the Brain Injury Journal.

Penny’s current research is entitled, Dyslexia and Its Impact on Occupation: The lived experience.


“So as occupational therapists and teachers and people who support and work with children, we have something that really is unique to us, and that is the skill of observation, and it's powerful”

- Penny Stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT

“It sounds like dyslexia is a symptom of a problem, not the actual problem itself."

- Jayson Davies, M.A., OTR/L

“They have the ability, but their performance is much lower than their ability, that gap. That's the dyslexia”

- Penny Stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT

“If they have a specific learning disability, they fall under an IEP with that category, the likelihood of them having dyslexia is most likely pretty high”

-Penny stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT


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