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Our Blog is Moving!

On March 1, 2014, SLD Read, formerly known as SLD Center, will have a new website: Our blog will be moving to the new website. We’re looking forward to having our messages all together and hope you will join us!


2nd Annual Irish Jig for Literacy at McFadden’s

Specialized Language Development (SLD) Center is turning 40 this year and we’re celebrating with a new look AND a new name. As of March 1, 2014, we will officially be SLD Read and our blog will move to our new website: 
We invite all those in the Grand Rapids area to help us kick things off at our first celebration on March 2nd at McFadden’s. Yes, you read it correctly – first . . . . something this great just can’t be celebrated all in one night now can it?  
Join the 2nd Annual #IrishJigforLiteracy!
Current Celebrities Joining Us
Shelley Irwin from the WGVU Morning Show and Jennifer Reeves of Serendipity Media/West Michigan Woman Magazine!
Raffle Prizes and Giveaways (so far!)
  • 2 “VIP” Tickets to Irish on Ionia 2014, (This includes an all access pass to the festival, plus a beer mug and t-shirt. ($110 Value)
  • 2 General Admission Tickets to Irish on Ionia 2014 with t-shirt ($50 Value)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey Corn Hole Game Set
  • Swag like hats, t-shirts, necklaces and other items!!

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Summer Smarts: SLD Center Learning Series for Middle School & High School Students

Summer Smarts: SLD Center Learning Series for Middle School & High School Students

Summer Learning Series for Middle School and High Schools students in the Grand Rapids Area

Stop the Brain Drain and stay Summer Smart! Support #SLDCenter Support #SLDCenter and #strugglingreaders! Vote until March 23.

In the Words of a Dystinctive Thinker

Dyslexia Toolkit available at

This October, the National Council for Learning Disabilities is spotlighting Dyslexia. They’ve developed a toolkit that includes resources and tools for understanding dyslexia, recognizing common warning signs in children of all ages and in adults, and learning what steps to take if you think you or your child may have dyslexia.

One chapter of this toolkit includes an interview with Ben Foss, a proud, DYStinctive Thinker.

Ben Foss

Some DYStinctive Words From Ben Foss

NCLD: Despite your dyslexia, you’ve worked for the White House National Economic Council, and the Children’s Defense Fund, and you’ve earned graduate degrees from Stanford. How did you build the necessary confidence to thrive, despite the daily challenges of your LD?

Ben Foss: Not despite dyslexia. Because of my dyslexia I functioned well in these professional environs. I learned to pay attention to what matters in an academic or a professional setting. I knew that I could not read an entire book, so I would prioritize, reading only the most important chapter. In the White House, no one has enough time, so being able to prioritize and delegate is critical. I also learned to engage people and understand their roles. This is how I navigated third grade. I understood that the resource room teacher was my ticket to getting through spelling tests, not the general ed
classroom teacher. The same applied at the Children’s Defense Fund. The budget director of the organization is critical to supporting my budget requests, not the executive
director, and so on.

From the NCLD Dyslexia Toolkit Chapter 12: How Self-Advocacy Can Lead to Innovation: An Interview with Ben Foss

Thank you Ben Foss. The world is a different place because of your DYStinctive Thinking!

Some Feedback for the Brains!

Care to leave examples? Please add them to the comments! We want to know – is this something we should try again next year?


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