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Watch: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Learning to Read

September 28, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Watch the recording of “What Every Parent Needs to Know About Learning to Read.”

Learning to read is a complex process that does not come easily for many children. This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of how the human brain learns to read. We invite parents and caregivers interested in learning more about reading development to join us for this hour-long workshop. You will leave with a better understanding of what to expect as your child learns to read, signs of early reading trouble, and how to support them when they struggle.


  • Abby Roy, M.A., NCSP, CAGS, A/OGA, is a nationally certified school psychologist with more than ten years of professional experience working with students from preschool to college. Abby received her Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. She has worked in public schools as a psychologist and autism and behavior consultant and is currently an evaluator at the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston, Vermont. She has expertise in providing individualized, diagnostic assessments and instructional recommendations based on the science of reading. Abby is particularly interested in uncovering language-based learning disabilities that can present as student disengagement. She holds an associate-level certification from the Orton-Gillingham Academy and is currently completing her practicum to obtain her certified-level certification. Abby is passionate about bringing structured literacy to classrooms everywhere and believes that all individuals have the right to read.
  • Nicole Chick, M.S.Ed, CAS Remedial Reading, began her teaching career in 2005 as a first grade teacher after receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UCONN NEAG School of Education.  Nicole most recently has taught Kindergarten and is a Literacy Specialist with her certificate of advanced study in Remedial Reading and Reading Consultancy. During her tenure as a public educator she has also taught at the university level and has supervised and mentored student teachers. She has completed the Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Training through the Orton-Gillingham Academy and is currently completing her practicum. She has now stepped away from the classroom and has founded Early Literacy Labs, a private literacy instruction and consulting company located in Waitsfield, Vermont. She is also an adjunct professor at Norwich University, teaching a course on teaching and learning strategies.  Her passions include advocating for dyslexia awareness and supporting teachers who are making the shift toward the science of reading and structured literacy instruction.

Logos for International Dyslexia Association, The Reading League Vermont, Stern Center for Language and Learning and Vermont Family Network.


September 28, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Vermont Family Network
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