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Fairfax Dyslexia Tutoring, Fairfax, Virginia
Welcome to Fairfax Dyslexia, a Northern Virginia consulting service specializing in dyslexia education and advocacy. 

Fairfax Dyslexia: 
  • Helps parents and teachers understand dyslexia and how it can be remediated;
  • Empowers parents with the information they need to become their child's best advocate;
  • Trains teachers to help them implement accommodations in the classroom to ensure their students' success.

Fairfax Dyslexia services are:

We will provide individualized consulting services to meet the unique learning needs of your child. There is no one-size-fits all.

We will help you understand your child's dyslexia and suggest realistic options for school, remediation, and accommodations.

Positive and Affirming
We believe that dyslexia should not be defined solely by its associated difficulties; dyslexia's many unique strengths must be acknowledged and nurtured. 

We believe that knowledge is power. We will provide you with the information that you need to help your child succeed. You are your child's best advocate.

Encouraging and Supportive
We know from personal experience that watching your child struggle in school can be overwhelming and stressful. We want to encourage you by providing compassionate support.


"Strategies to Support Secondary Students with Dyslexia"

Specialists from the FCPS Office of Special Education Instruction will discuss strategies to support reading, writing, math, study skills, and self-advocacy.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 pm
2334 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA

Register here.

Contact Your Representative Today!!

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) introduced a bill this week called the READ Act

Please contact your representative to support this important initiative for dyslexia research focusing on early identification and teacher training -- something we DESPERATELY need.
Click here to watch a really short video about the bill and how you can help turn it into law. 

Register here to attend Learning Ally's 2nd Annual Online Conference for Parents and Educators

Friday, December 4, 2015
9:30 am - 6:00 pm EST

Attend Live or Watch Later

Decoding Dyslexia National Advocacy Event: July 14-15, 2015. Washington, DC.  Attendance is free. Register here to receive more information.

Attention Fairfax County Public School Parents: Please attend the next school board meeting to support Decoding Dyslexia as they speak in support of adding dyslexia to the new FCPS strategic plan.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Luther Jackson Middle School 
3020 Gallows Road
 Falls Church, VA. 
 7:00 pm

Free Webinar!

Leila Leoncavallo, 
Founder of Fairfax Dyslexia and CivicsEd.com, will conduct a free webinar:

Teaching Social Studies to Dyslexic Students Through Strengths
Tuesday, February 3
8:30 pm EST

Attention Virginia Parents: Support Legislative Efforts to Improve Dyslexia Identification and Screening in Schools 

Want to help? Contact your state legislators to register your support of SB1386 and HB2374. For contact information, click here.

Free Webinar
Dr. Michael Hart will discuss the use of psychoeduational evaluations and how to interpret them.

Wednesday January 21, 2015
1:00 p.m. EDT
Register here.

International Dyslexia Association
Annual Conference
November 12 - 15
San Diego, CA

Click here for more information.

Support Decoding Dyslexia Virginia
Please support Decoding Dyslexia Virginia by attending this month's Fairfax County School Board Meeting

October 9, 2014, 7 PM 
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

The Reading Brain
Presentation by Dr. Guinevere Eden School
May 29, 7-9 pm
7210 Braddock Rd
Annandale, VA 22003

Free to the public. Register here.

Dyslexia Conference, Sponsored by the DC and MD Branches of the International Dyslexia Association. Topics include reading, attention, executive function, and anxiety, 9630 Gudelsky Dr.
Rockville, MD,March 15, 2014, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.  Click here to register.

Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia, November 25, 3-4:00 pm
Jamie Martin, Coordinator of Assistive Technology at the Kildonan School, will discuss some good Ipad Apps for dyslexia.  
Click here to register.

Free 60-minute Webinar, "Myths About Dyslexia."  Presented by Susan Barton; Sponsored by Learning Ally; Tuesday, November 12, 2013
1:00 p.m. EST.  Register here.

International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference
Click here for more information about the upcoming IDA conference: November 6-9, 2013   New Orleans, LA

Movie Screening:  The Big Picture Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30 pm,  Tyson’s Corner AMC. 
A panel discussion will follow the movie screening.  Tickets are now on sale for $5. 

New Parent Support Meeting!  Decoding Dyslexia will hold its first Parent Support Meeting:  Wednesday, September 25, 7-8:00 pm
Oakwood School, 8210 Braddock Road, Annandale, Virginia.  Check out their Facebook page for details.  

Fairfax County Public School Parents: Are you concerned that FCPS does not routinely screen for dyslexia? Perplexed as to why such a common learning difference is widely misunderstood? Worried that your child is not receiving appropriate services or accommodations?Please share your observations and concerns with the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities. The next monthly meeting will be on July 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm, Room 1600, Gatehouse Administrative Center 8115 Gatehouse Rd.,Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.  For more information, click here.

Decoding Dyslexia Virginia, Sunday, June 9 (6:00 - 9:00 pm)
The Boulevard Woodgrill,2901 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22201

Come meet the parents of Decoding Dyslexia Virginia, a grassroots movement for raising awareness about dyslexia.  To register, click here. 

Free Dyslexia Q&A Webinar with Dr. Fernette Eide, May 22nd, 8:30 pm   
Click here for more information.

Movie Screening: Rethinking Dyslexia, Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 pm, Oakwood School Annandale, Virginia
A panel discussion will follow the movie.  Register at: http://rethinkingdyslexia.eventbrite.com/  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Dyslexia: Diagnosis, Planning and Support for Struggling Readers Free live webinar, March 12, 2013, 1:00 pm, Sponsored by Learning Ally
Featuring Dr. Paul B. Yellin, Director of The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education.  Click here to register. 

FCPS Special Education Conference, Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315. Click here to register.

Workshop:  Study Skills and Technology Applications for Academic Success, Saturday, January 26th, 9:00 am- 3:30 pm, Commonwealth Academy, 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301.  The workshop is designed for educational professionals and parents. Topics include: time management, organization, memory training, vocabulary development, abstracting from text, and applications in technology.  


Free Live Webinar - Dyslexia:  Translating the 504 Plan into Effective Action, 1/15/13 at 1:00 pm.  This 45-minute webinar discusses top  accommodations for dyslexia and how to implement them at school and home.  Register here.  

FCPS Dyslexia Workshop: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7-9 pm. Click here for more information.

Missed the 2012 International Dyslexia Association Conference? Click here for video highlights.

Institute for Excellence in Writing:  Andrew Pudewa, from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, is coming to Virginia.  He will offer two workshops on January 18 and 19.  Click here for details.

Civics Enrichment Classes:  Register by December 18 for winter classes on the First Amendment and the Supreme Court.  See www.CivicsEd.com for details.

Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (R.A.T.E. ) conference Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Carson Middle School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register here.

The 63rd Annual International Dyslexia Association Conference will be held in Baltimore, October 24-27, 2012.  Click here for details.  

Congress Gets Involved:
Representatives Pete Stark and Bill Cassidy (parents of children with dyslexia) have launched the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus to educate other members of Congress and advance educational policies that impact dyslexia. Read about their efforts here. Please contact your representative to encourage him/her to join!

Free Disability Day Open House: Friday, October 26, 2012 (11:30 am - 1:00 pm) Exhibitors will include:  FCPS Assessment Specialists, Assistive Technology Services, Career & Transition Services, School Psychologists and Social Workers, and more.  The workshop wil be held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services (map)2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Dunn Loring, VA. Click here to register.

Free Dyslexia Workshop:  On Friday, October, 5, 2012 (10:00 am - noon), FCPS's Office of Special Education Instruction will provide a free workshop on practical strategies to support students with dyslexia. Click here for more information.

FCPS Parent Resource Center Workshop - June 9, 2012.  Interested in free technology tools to use with your child this summer?  FCPS is sponsoring a workshop on June 9, 8:30 - 1:00.  Other workshops include an introduction to special education (5/22) and IEPs (5/24).  For more details and to register online:  FCPS Parent Resource Center Workshops 

Colleges that Change Lives - May 20. 2012.  If a college search is in the near future, you may wish to attend this upcoming college fair:   Colleges that Change Lives.  The program will discuss the latest research and advice on finding the best fit for college. This is not the traditional numbers-game approach and is based on the book, Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope. I highly recommend this book for everyone, but especially non-traditional learners. 

FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities - May 9, 2012.  Advisory Committee meetings are held monthly and are an opportunity for parents to provide public comment on special education issues in Fairfax County Public Schools.  For more information:  FCPS Advisory Committee

Writing Matters: Developing Writing Skills with William Van Cleave  - April 28, 2012  Need help teaching writing skills? William Van Cleave is presenting a hands-on workshop to teach writing skills to struggling students. Mr. Van Cleave has conducted presentations and workshops around the country and has trained teachers in the Orton-Gillingham approach, written expression, morphology, and spelling strategies. The workshop is organized by the DC Capital Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, 202-248-2487. Register here.

The Dyslexic Advantage - April 18, 2012:  Free lecture on the advantages of dyslexia, presented by Dr. Brock Eide, co-author of The Dyslexic Advantage, 4/18/2012, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Lab School in Washington, DC. 
What's New

Attention FCPS Parents:

If teachers or principals tell you that dyslexia doesn't exist, or that the County does not recognize it, they are wrong. 

If your child's school tells you that the County does not provide remedial support for dyslexic students, that is also incorrect. Please refer them to this link.

Fairfax County has done a great job putting together several resources for teachers of dyslexic students.  Unfortunately, many schools do not use this information. Please help us spread the word by sharing these links.

Listen to how American schools are failing students with dyslexia

Learn more about dyslexia by attending these conferences and workshops

Help your child's teacher understand the need for accommodations with this video


Here's an excellent (and short) video that explains dyslexia.

Beware of Dyslexia Simulations

Online dyslexia simulations
are growing in popularity. Before you try them, read what many experts have to say, such as Carolyn Cowen or Dr. Sally Shaywitz and Dr. Fernette Eide

Virginia Dyslexia Bill Signed into Law: HB 842

"The [Virginia] Department of Education shall....ensure that all [public] teacher preparation programs.... convey information on the identification of students at risk for learning disabilities, including dyslexia...."

The law took effect July 1, 2017

Dyslexia: Helping Families and School Staff Learn More

Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley
May 11, 2017: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Thomas Jefferson Community Center
125 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22204

Click here to register

FCPS Special Education Conference

Saturday, April 1

Conference will include several presentations about dyslexia

Click here for more information.

Dyslexia Advocacy Day
Join Decoding Dyslexia in Richmond, VA

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Click here for details

Dyslexia Podcast:
Learn How to Help Kids with Dyslexia Succeed in School
Listen to the new NPR story here

International Dyslexia Association 2016 Annual Conference 

Register now for the IDA's annual conference!

 Orlando, Florida 
 October 26-29, 2016 

Want to Help Spread Awareness?

Dyslexia Rally at the U.S. Capitol
July 11, 3-5 pm
East Capitol Street Northeast Corner of Third Street and Constitution

Click here for more information. 

Want to Help Make a Difference?

Attend Decoding Dyslexia Hill Day
July 11 - 15, 2016

Join Decoding Dyslexia on Capitol Hill to help increase dyslexia awareness and support future legislative efforts

Check out Decoding Dyslexia Virginia on Facebook for more information.

On May 10, 2016, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, and Labor held a hearing on dyslexia: 

Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education

 Click here to watch the hearing. 

Federal Bipartisan Dyslexia Bill Signed into Law!

Click here for details.

Teaching Social Studies Through Dyslexic Strengths

Click here to watch. The webinar discusses the importance of a strength-based approach to teaching students with dyslexia. Examples from teaching social studies are provided. A short discussion on classroom accommodations is also included.

Free Dyslexia Handbook!

On November 1, The International Dyslexia Association released 
The IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

Click here for your free copy.

Dyslexia in the Classroom
Click here for an excellent dyslexia resource kit for teachers.

Congress Takes Action
Read about legislative efforts concerning the diagnosis and remediation of dyslexia

Free Webinar!
Myths About Dyslexia

Click here to watch.

iPad Apps

Check out the best iPad Apps for dyslexia here.

Decoding Dyslexia 

Read about the efforts of a new group, Decoding Dyslexia, in this article.

Join the Virginia Branch of Decoding Dyslexia 
Check out their Facebook and website to join  and learn about networking opportunities.

Homeschooling and Dyslexia

Click here for a new fact sheet from the International Dyslexia Association about homeschooling children with dyslexia. To learn more, check out this free online presentation and handout by Susan Barton.

Fairfax Dyslexia Tutoring offers discounted rates to homeschoolers for all weekday sessions scheduled between 9:30 and 2:30.

Take Action Today!
Please sign this petition to grant accommodations during high-stakes testing (eg., SATs) to students with dyslexia.  Click here for information about the petition.  

Sign up to receive a free newsletter
Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide offer a free Dyslexic Advantage newsletter.  Click here to sign up.  And please check out their informative website, including a recent video where they discuss the advantages of the dyslexic brain.  

Know of an upcoming event? Click here to let us know!