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Episode 65: Author Jason Cook shares how getting diagnosed with dyslexia while in prison helped him turn his life around.

"If I had gotten help before hand I probably wouldn't have ended up in prison, because I would have understand what I had (dyslexia)." -Jason Cook Check out Jason's website here.


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 3: Embracing Accommodations

Kweshten: Ashley in Florida asks: My son is reluctant to use his accommodations. What can I do about this? Listen to hear Gibby’s answer!


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 2: Parent guilt for not getting my child diagnosed sooner

Kweshten: Shelly in Texas asks: I have a lot of mom guilt for not getting my child diagnosed sooner. Is there anything I can do to make up for it? Listen to hear Gibby’s answer!


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 1: Talking to your child about their dyslexia

Kweshten: Laura in Ireland asks: How do I talk about dyslexia to my child? Listen to hear Gibby's answer!


Episode 64: Ashley Roberts, parent advocate and mother of a dyslexic son shares her family's journey and the insights she's gained along the way.

"As a parent, trust your gut and know when something in your heart of hearts doesn't feel right." -Ashley Roberts Visit Ashley's blog here.


Episode 63: Sliding Doors Founder Krista Gauthier shares her insights as a parent of a dyslexic as well as how her family's personal experience led her to creating the non-profit aimed to help dyslexic kids excel.

"Reading as a measure of intelligence is a cultural phenomena. So this idea that there is something wrong with your child because they can't read is culturally dictated and nothing to do with their intelligence. So let go of that as a measure and think about all the strengths." -Krista Gauthier


Episode 61: Graduate student Rachael Best talks about the strategies and methods she's created in order to succeed in school with dyslexia.

"I think it really helps not being too serious about things. Being able to, in the moment especially while teaching if I forget a word or something happens just laugh it off. Like when you are talking and you're holding a white board marker and it goes flying across the room. Just laugh and move on. Don't forget we all are human and make mistakes and yes maybe you are maybe further along in your career or your life and have more experience, but that doesn't change the fact you are are still...


Episode 60: Journalist and dyslexic advocate, Cheri Rae chats about her adventures raising a dyslexic son and how that led her to writing a guide book for parents with dyslexic children.

"Reading doesn't equal being smart. We need to uncouple those two things." -Cheri Rae Cheri's book is called DyslexiaLand, A field guide for parents of children with Dyslexia. Click here to go to her website.


Episode 59: Author and actor Chris Hill shares challenges from his childhood as well as discusses his new book about a kangaroo with dyslexia.

"Sheer willpower can overcome anything." -Chris Hill Chris' book is called Ralphy and the Rang-E-Koos.


Episode 58: Rebecca Warner, co-founder of Decoding Dyslexia Virginia and creator of the pqbd Dyslexia Awareness Symbol shares the story behind its creation and the work the grassroots organization is doing.

The cycles a dyslexia parent goes through: "At first you are in the crying in your pillow phrase saying 'what the heck'? and then I call it the epiphany which is stage two where you are like 'wow Dyslexia'. And then the third bit is coffee where you talking to everybody and you are so excited. The last stage is you are just pissed. You are just like 'really?' Once you know this information, you know how to train people, it's evidence based, it's not shocking and we just simply need to do...


Episode 57: I chat with Dannielle Small, mother of Katie Small (from episode 53) who gives us a mother's perspective on raising a child with dyslexia.

"I feel fortunate having a dyslexic child. It's taught me patience. It's taught me perseverance. It's taught our daughter resilience and strategies on life. I see dyslexia now as a gift." -Dannielle Small


Episode 56: Yvette Blaess shares her thoughts on dyslexia as well as explains what she's doing to spread public awareness about what dyslexia is actually like.

"Dyslexia is not a stop sign. It's a road block. You can do it---it may just take a bit longer." -Yvette Blaess *And yes the beginning is meant to be that way! I decided not to edit out the mistakes I made. Here's why: I make dyslexic mistakes all the time. I say the wrong word or I almost stutter and can't come up with any word. There's nothing wrong with these moments and that's why I left the beginning of this episode unedited. My wish is for the world to recognize and understand what...


Episode 55: Professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil shares how dyslexia has contributed to his success on and off the field.

"Communicate. I encourage you to share how you're are feeling, talk about the challenges, and ask for help. We live in a world where asking for help is considered a weakness because it infers we don't have the answer. But it is also the fastest way to learn and more deeply connect with someone." -Paul Rabil Visit the Paul Rabil Foundation here.


Episode 54: Author Jeanne Betancourt shares her experiences as a dyslexic writer and why it was so important to her to include dyslexics in her books.

“Don’t judge a person by their reading.” -Jeanne Betancourt Check out Jeanne's author website here. Check out Jeanne's artist website here.


Episode 52: From special education student to special education teacher, Tomas Black tells his story.

"You are an amazing person. Don't ever let your dyslexia ever ever make you feel like you can't do something you want to do." -Tomas Black


Episode 51: Trevor Smith shares how being a laughter leader plays to his dyslexic strengths.

"As a person with dyslexia you have a lot of strengths and a lot to offer. Really focus on that, not so much on your challenges." -Trevor Smith Check out Trevor's website here. Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.


Episode 50: Gibby jumps to the other side of the microphone and tells her dyslexic story.

In celebration of the 50th episode Gibby chats with her fiancee sharing what her childhood was like and how her perspective of dyslexia has totally changed.


Episode 49: Retired physical therapist Sharon Taylor talks about what helped her get through the challenges dyslexia presented and how she found her way in the medical field.

"If it wasn't for being outside and swimming, riding, and dancing then it would have been tough for me. That was my way to express myself. Find whatever it is that makes you happy and do it." -Sharon Taylor