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Dyslexia: Impact on Child and Family

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Dyslexia: Impact on Child and Family
Dyslexia and Learning disabilities impact the child and the entire family system. While trying to understand the child’s difficulties, emotions often run high for the entire family. Confusion as to what to do, where to go and financial considerations and are all part of the struggle as the child and family navigate this new territory. As a result, family dynamics and relationships are changed and often tense. Both the child and the family may become anxious, face mislabeling of the issue, as well as criticism from those who may mean well, but have little or no understanding of the challenges and the toll it takes to work with school systems and professionals to remediate the child’s learning issues. Our hope is that you leave with a better understanding of the emotional side of Dyslexia and Learning disabilities.

Presenters: Eileen O’Regan- O’Toole, LCSW and Jo Raphael, LCSW from Attento Counseling

Eileen O’Regan-O’Toole holds a master’s degree in social work from The University of Georgia and has over 30 years of clinical experience in the metro Atlanta area. She has a supportive, yet straightforward approach to psychotherapy. She has worked many years with families adjusting to difficult life circumstances, helping families to find successful coping skills for dealing with these difficulties. Eileen became interested in the impact of Dyslexia on families when her first grandchild was diagnosed with Dyslexia and had significant difficulties in getting services needed for her to succeed in the academic environment.

Jo Raphael is a seasoned Clinical Social Worker, who works with children, adolescents, families and couples providing treatment, consultation, training and supervision. In her practice she has focused on working with children with developmental and learning challenges and their families. She has served on the national faculty of the DIR® (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based) Institute and, in addition, served as a mentor and coach to clinicians seeking certification in the DIR® method and the PLAY Project. She has worked as a school counselor with Pre-K through 8th-grade students and their families using a developmental approach. Over the years Jo has added to her professional toolbox utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and meditation. She seeks to treat the whole person and designs an individualized treatment approach. Jo is currently working at Attento Counseling as a psychotherapist where the majority of her caseload is experiencing anxiety and depression.

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February 25
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Forsyth Board of Education Bldg
1120 Dahlonega Hwy
Cumming, GA 30040