Reading-10 Day Tech-Savvy Challenge for Parents
Learn to help your student overcome barriers to reading, become more independent and do more with the technology you already have!
Benefit from my systemized plan to save time, energy and money
Get help from someone whose mission is to help you figure it out and do it!
Strategies, Checklists and Actionable Next Steps
Customized features & products you may not know exist
Learn at your own pace using a streamlined approach
This 10-Day Reading Tech-Savvy Challenge starts on October 10th!
This is For You if:
You are trying to promote independence, accomplishment, and self-advocacy for a middle or high school student who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and struggles with reading books, worksheets, and online text.
You’ve heard that there are ways to have your devices read books, worksheets and documents aloud, but find it confusing and hard to figure out how to do it.
You realize that you need someone else to streamline this process for you. It’s just too overwhelming and frustrating to move forward alone and you are motivated to invest your time and money to get the results you want.
You will take advantage of the resources and 1:1 support during the Challenge and plan to do your best to implement suggestions, provide feedback and reach out for help as needed when you hit stumbling blocks along the way.
Here’s What You Will Get:
One personal 30-minute phone call with me (Joan Green) during the Challenge to help you prioritize attainable goals!
New content each day featuring my innovative streamlined system to help you speed up success.
Lessons that include a bit to read, step-by-step videos, the ability to interact with others taking the Challenge, checklists and note-taking guides to help you prioritize & implement your learning objectives.
A course built using research-supported instructional design methods to maximize your accomplishments and keep you moving forward as you practice new skills, implement the reading tools in your home and gain confidence as you learn what is needed to set up your child for success.
Online group office hours using Zoom for screen sharing capability to discuss the content, brainstorm solutions & advance your tech skills to the next level! The days and times will vary.
Suggestions for how to take a deeper dive into specific skill-sets of interest to you.
A certificate of completion!
Space is limited to 10 participants so that I have the time needed to offer top- quality support
Technology’s purpose is to make life easier. I hope you’ll join me so that I can help you jumpstart your success!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Challenge format and schedule?
- After registration, you will be invited to complete a form to help me learn a bit more about you and your situation. We will begin to prioritize attainable goals for the Reading Tech-Savvy Challenge.
- Throughout this Challenge, you will receive emails and access to laser-focused videos using an interactive learning platform as well as additional content to promote learning.
- Video-content will be rolled out during the course. If you fall behind, no worries. Once the videos are available to view, they will remain available during the remainder of the Challenge and for up to 2 weeks after the Challenge ends.
- 4 – 60 minute online “brainstorming” sessions will be provided using Zoom Video Conferencing during the Challenge. It will be our time to talk as a group about next steps, successes as well as frustrations and to provide additional support as needed about the written and video-based content you will receive. I will do my best to ensure that all participants are available for at least 2 of the sessions, realizing that we may be living in different time zones.
What will I learn?
By the end of this course, you will be on your way to using your computer and/or mobile devices (tablet and phone) to help with reading. You will be much more aware of all that is available and will have taken a deep dive into a few of the features that are potentially appropriate solutions for your situation. At the end of the 10 days, you will have a framework and knowledge of features, strategies and specific technologies for moving forward.
What resources will I need?
You need a fast reliable internet connection to access this course on a computer or mobile device and an average of 30 minutes a day or a few hours a week. No new content will be provided over the weekend so you can use that time to catch up and practice using new tech tools and strategies you learned during the week. This Challenge is designed for individuals who have a basic knowledge of using a computer, downloading content from the internet, creating online accounts and reading content as well as posting comments on social media. You certainly don’t have to be a computer expert. Participants will be asked to create or access his or her Google account, download/ use the Chrome browser and configure settings of devices and apps in order to explore new resources using visual supports that are provided in the course. The most important requirement for this course is that you have the desire to learn new skills and time to explore.
Why should I take this course when the media is filled with stories on how technology can be harmful?
I agree that much harm can come from unrestricted access to online sites, social media and technology. I share the concern of many that when we use some technologies, we trade privacy for convenience. However, individuals with learning, language and cognitive challenges deserve to be exposed in a thoughtful manner to everyday assistive technologies and strategies that have the potential to benefit them in life-changing ways.
How do I know if this is the right course for me?
I developed this course primarily with parents in mind, but it can be taken by all who want to learn more about using the features of their technologies to help with reading. Many of you who take the course will have children in middle school or high school who have been diagnosed with dysexia as well as other disabilities and differences such as ADHD, dysgraphia and specific learning challenges. However, there are also many parents, tutors, speech-language pathologist, special education teachers and other adults who want to help individuals who may not have a particular diagnosis but he or she is underperforming in school, isn’t sufficiently motivated or seems scattered and disorganized. As I create this course, I have in mind the strategies and tools that would be appropriate for parents to use with kids who are in 6th grade and older.
Will I be able to view all of the course at once to just find the resources I want to explore now?
No. This course is not meant to be used as a reference tool or online library of training tutorials. If you are clear about what you want to learn how to use now, it may be a better fit for you to search for an online video tutorial of that product or feature. This course was designed for parents who want to be shown resources that they may not realize exist as well as strategies for implementation with support along the way. The online “brainstorming” sessions are live and additional content will be added as we further develop the scope of this course together. I will be producing the videos shortly before I distribute them so they are up to date and reflect appropriate content based on the continuous feedback of the participants. The benefit of the pre-recorded videos is that you can then view them and pause as needed. We all learn differently and I am trying my best to set you all up for success.
Aren't schools and therapy clinics as well as vocational and rehabilitation centers already doing what is best?
Unfortunately, most individuals who have the potential to benefit the most from assistive technologies are never exposed to the tools that can help maximize independence and success. Funding and training in this area are scarce. This interactive online course is appropriate for family members as well as speech-language pathologists, special educators and other professionals who want help zeroing in quickly on strategies and products that may be used to help accelerate progress toward goals.
What if I can’t afford the registration fee?
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please send an email to me (Joan@innovativespeech.com) explaining your situation. In addition to this and other courses, I do provide a free webinar series titled, “They May Not Know…” with a different focus each month. The webinars are recorded and available for at least a few days to view for free for all who register. After a few days, all recorded webinars are available on our Membership site for a very reasonable free.
Do you offer CEUs or Certificates of Completion?
A Certificate of Completion will be provided at the end of the course upon request, if all of the videos have been viewed. Professional CEUs are not available at this time.
Who are you?
Hi! I’m Joan Green. If you want to learn more about me, check out my website, my LinkedIn page, and my Facebook page. I wrote several books, speak nationally and provide a wide variety of unique therapy, coaching and training programs. I am the mother of 4 grown children, owner of a yellow lab and spaniel/ border collie rescue, and have a passion for learning how technology can improve the lives of people young and old with communication, cognitive, literacy and learning challenges.
Will these tools replace professional consultations?
My books and courses are aimed at making families and professionals aware of the many affordable resources that exist to help improve lives. This Challenge, my webinars, additional online courses, Membership site and the books that I have written do not replace the training and judgment of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators and other related professionals.
This does not replace therapy and/or medical advice.