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Canna Scheib, M.Ed., LDT,  CALT 
 
 
 
A bit about me:    I received my Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Instruction in Education from Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas and my Masters in Special Education, with an emphasis in Dyslexia Therapy, from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. My work experience includes fourteen years of teaching in public schools and five years of dyslexia therapy. 
 
My Certified Academic Language Therapist training was completed through The Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center of South Texas after completing over 800 hours of direct, systematic, explicit instruction to students identified with dyslexia or reading disorders.  As a licensed dyslexia therapist for Navarro ISD, I  provide academic therapy to students PreK– adult, and am a member of  the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). 
 

Outside of the district, I am a mother of a traveling 13 year old Navarro and Texas Tiger volleyball player, wife to an awesome and supportive husband, equine and bovine lover who enjoys the outdoors, and cook to those who will eat my experiments. :)  I serve on two committees for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and I am the vice-Chairman for the Board of Directors, Guadalupe County MHMR.  

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Recent Posts

A Total Break is Not a Great Idea

 

As much as most parents want to offer their exhausted and frustrated dyslexic child a couple months off from their academic skill building, most parents instinctively know that a total reprieve is not in their child’s best interest.  Scientific data clearly show that many children, especially dyslexic boys and girls, lose reading skills over the summer. In a dyslexic child, written words are often still transient, temporary.  It is common for a beginning reader to read the word correctly and yet find that five minutes later she will not be able to decipher that very same word.

"Why?" says Dr. Sally Shaywitz. "This gets to the heart of a major problem for the dyslexic child; the word has not found a permanent home within the automatic reading system (the word form region) of the neural circuit for skilled, fluent, automatic reading. With more practice and experiences reading the word correctly – this (and other words as well) will become permanently instantiated or represented in the word form region. Once that happens, the word can then be read correctly and quickly each time the child sees it. Especially for a dyslexic child, this process takes time. If a child has been practicing a given set of words and word families during the school year, representatives of the word are beginning to find a permanent home within the word form area. However, if this process is interrupted before the word is permanently represented in the child’s brain, it often means having to learn the word all over again."

But how much of the day should be spent focused on academic remediation?  What is the most time-efficient and effective method of delivering remediation? And who should deliver it?  How does one balance a child’s academic growth with play, rest, exploration and pursuit of the child’s passions? 

These questions are further complicated by the necessary considerations of cost and convenience.  Even families who live in urban areas are faced with the daunting task of coordinating transportation and scheduling of summer support.  It seems that help is never close enough, and, like every other service, bringing help to one’s home is accompanied by increased cost.  How much time should children spend being shuttled around in a car to tutors and specialists during precious summer time?  Some families visit relatives or move around a lot during the summer and can find it challenging to provide academic support. Ultimately, parents of a dyslexic child will have the best sense for how to navigate these time tensions.  Each child is different and each family has different considerations. 

Never Underestimate The Power of Grit

Through her life, Assia learned that things don't always end up the way you want them to. A continuing battle with dyslexia, a serious accident and loves lost are just a few of the hardships that taught her that it is possible to turn obstacles in opportunities by being yourself and doing what you truly love.
She has learned not to resist disruption, but to embrace the unexpected. And, of course, to never take no for an answer.

Embracing Dyslexia

Embracing Dyslexia is a thoughtful and moving exploration of dyslexia from an insider’s perspective, weaving together interviews with parents, adult dyslexics, researchers, educators and experts to provide an accurate portrayal of a learning difference that affects between 15-20% of the population.