Alabama Game Changers strives to support the student and their family throughout their educational journey.
We have been in your shoes and we truly understand your desire to help your child succeed in school. Most importantly we are here for your intelligent hardworking children.
We truly believe that with the proper support, encouragement, and intervention that your child has the ability and gifts to succeed in ways that you can only imagine.
Support from Alabama Game Changers can occur in several formats.
Informational inquires and advice
Specialized training workshops
Community based learning experiences
Advocacy Support: IEP/504 meeting attendance
Connections to Parent Support Groups
Student focused workshops
Advocacy Consulting Services currently offered by Alabama Game Changers are as follows:
Goal: Determine if your student fits the dyslexia profile based solely on an in-depth records review, examination of current schoolwork samples, and information shared by parent(s) in a face-to-face interview (approximately 90 minutes). If so, recommendations for tutoring and common accommodations under RTI/PST will be provided. ($60)
IEP/504 Education Consult
Goal: For students who have been found eligible and are currently receiving support/services with an IEP or 504 and parents want a better understanding in which to see if the current plan is appropriately meeting the needs of their student. Parents will need to provide any applicable school records, copies of IEP/504, progress data, and current schoolwork samples. ($120)
IEP/504 Meeting Attendance
A dyslexia specialist to attend a meeting within a 30-mile radius of the Riverchase Galleria. (price based on location to AGC's representative, severity of need, and/or length of meeting)
Early Childhood (ages 4-6) Consultation - CTOPP, Short Report
Goal: Determine if a child too young for diagnostic testing fits the dyslexia profile based on records review, examination of current schoolwork samples, information shared by parent(s) in a face-to-face interview, plus administer and score CTOPP (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing) to determine if your child fits the dyslexia profile and has weaknesses in the areas listed in the research-based definition of dyslexia. Results of the CTOPP will be reviewed in a face-to-face meeting with parent(s), and they will receive a written report that lists the results, the conclusions, and recommendations for support. ($250)
What is "Advocacy Support?"
Alabama Game Changers seeks to practice and teach advocacy in the following ways:
Building an awareness of specific learning disabilities among educators, physicians, and the community;
Equipping our students and families with the information they need to advocate for themselves in the education system; and
Encouraging self-advocacy among peers to decrease the social stigma that often accompanies misunderstood disabilities.
Whether your diagnosis was obtained through our organization or someplace else, we want to help answer questions and support your child's journey through the educational system.
Most often, receiving a diagnosis is only the beginning of the journey. Your dyslexic child has an amazing set of gifts or strengths that can propel them towards a successful career of their choosing.
Alabama Game Changers is actively engaged in many community organizations centered around childhood literacy. Starting out as original members of the “Voices for Dyslexia” Coalition, many of Alabama Game Changer's core were part of this early group of dyslexia supporters that successfully pursued educational reform with regard to Dyslexia in our state.
Many members of the Alabama Game Changers "family" still serve on the State Board of Education's Dyslexia Advisory Council. This council continues to advocate and support dyslexics within our community and our schools.
Support Groups around Alabama
A parent group that meets to support one another and to work together to communicate with educational policy-makers to improve the educational opportunities for dyslexic students in Alabama schools. Monthly meetings are held in Shelby County the 4th Monday of every month.
Read-Write: The Learning Center is An educational clinic serving students and adults with language-based learning disabilities in Mobile and Baldwin counties located in Alabama.
Many successful adult dyslexics will admit that they really struggled during their educational careers, especially ones that were never diagnosed early.
Despite this, when they were asked if they could, would they want an adult life without dyslexia?...The answer so many said was “no”, because it was the gifts that came along with the dyslexia that made them so successful!