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 help via Dyslexia-Now What? workshops
Connections to Parent Support Groups
Student focused workshops
Consulting Services currently offered by Alabama Game Changers are as follows:
IEP/504 Educational Workshop
Goal: For students who 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 "closing the reading gap". Parents will need to bring child's diagnostic report, any standardized test scores, any applicable school records, copies of IEP/504, progress data, and current schoolwork samples. After listening to a presentation, by The Literacy MD, one-on-one guidance will help you verify next steps for your child's educational goals. ($100 includes lunch, offered monthly, must pre-register)
Progress Monitoring Consultation
Goal: Determine if a Dyslexic or SLD in Reading child with an IEP/504 plan is making progress in "closing their reading gap". Diagnostic Testing will be done on the "below benchmark" areas of past standardized tests (no more than 3) done at any diagnostic service/facility. Results of the tests will be reviewed in a face-to-face meeting with parent(s), and they will receive a written overview report that lists the results (past scores to present), the conclusions, and recommendations for support. ($150)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!