Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation

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The Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation is an independent non-profit agency that trains volunteers to use an Orton-Gillingham Method of reading instruction to provide free one-to-one reading instruction for students of all ages that are struggling with reading.

This Year’s Annual Giving Campaign was a success thanks to our generous donors.  We appreciate all you’ve done and conti...
04/11/2024

This Year’s Annual Giving Campaign was a success thanks to our generous donors. We appreciate all you’ve done and continue to do, to “Change the Lives” of those who struggle with dyslexia in the Hampton Roads area.

We still have a lot of work to do to help everyone who needs our vital services. Can you imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t read? Just think about that for a moment…

If you haven’t made your donation yet, please consider doing it today. You may have a friend or coworker who struggles with dyslexia and you aren’t even aware. Let’s work together to make our community the best it can be!

If you feel called to give, please click on the link below:

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SDF’s Annual Giving Campaign is underway and we are off to a great start! One of our loyal donorskicked things off with ...
04/09/2024

SDF’s Annual Giving Campaign is underway and we are off to a great start! One of our loyal donors
kicked things off with a $3,000.00 donation.
Thank You So Much!
We’ve also received generous donations of $400.00, $100.00, $50.00, and an ongoing monthly gift of $25.00.
Can you match or beat any of these gifts? If so, just click on the barcode and make your donation now! Every little bit helps. Your donation of $50.00 could help supply a manual for one of our volunteer tutors, and your gift of $150.00 could buy a set of workbooks for one of our students. Maybe you can afford a $500.00 donation to help supply all of the materials for a new student to get started?
Today’s the Day!
Please don’t let it slip by without showing your support. We Need You! Your donation just might be what it takes to Change Lives!

Today is the Day! We can't stress the importance of how vital this service is to our community. We wouldn't be able to d...
04/09/2024

Today is the Day! We can't stress the importance of how vital this service is to our community. We wouldn't be able to do it without the support of our donors. The trajectory of a child's entire life depends on whether or not they have a strong foundation in reading. Your support absolutely changes lives. Thank you! ❤️

SDF's 2024 Annual Giving Campaign is coming up on April 9th! It's a day to come together and recommit to helping SDF "Ch...
04/03/2024

SDF's 2024 Annual Giving Campaign is coming up on April 9th! It's a day to come together and recommit to helping SDF "Change Lives!" If you would like to get a head start on your giving, you can scan the barcode below, mail in your donation, or give us a call at (757) 437-0936 😊

"IF MY MIND CAN CONCEIVE IT, AND I CAN BELIEVE IT, THEN I CAN ACHIEVE IT" - Muhammed AliMuhammed Ali, a renowned boxer, ...
03/21/2024

"IF MY MIND CAN CONCEIVE IT, AND I CAN BELIEVE IT, THEN I CAN ACHIEVE IT" - Muhammed Ali

Muhammed Ali, a renowned boxer, known as the greatest of all time, found his biggest struggle out of the ring and in the classroom. Ali felt defeated by his dyslexia and hated reading in school. But he didn’t let that keep him down. He recognized that dyslexia didn’t mean he wasn’t smart, it just meant he learned differently than his peers. And so, he and his wife, Lonnie, worked with Scholastic publishers to create a curriculum to help improve the literacy of those who shared in his struggle. It is very important to get the right help so that students with “invisible disabilities,” or ones that may not be as prominent and therefore undiagnosed, can get the support they need. Without that support, many students fall behind in class, drop out of school, and enter the school-to-prison pipeline. Many of the students we help at SDF can relate to Ali’s struggle. But SDF is here to remind you that no one needs to feel defeated by dyslexia. SDF has the one-two punch that’s needed to knock dyslexia out of the ring! If you or someone you know struggles with dyslexia please give us a call TODAY!
757-437-0733

This holiday season Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation wishes you and yours comfort and joy! May you find peace in the simple...
12/20/2023

This holiday season Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation wishes you and yours comfort and joy!
May you find peace in the simple things.

Love,
Marie, Nanci, Alix, Christin , Deb, and Barb

It was so much fun to participate in the 2023 Fall Beer & Wine Bash!  Thanks, YSC for giving to charities that benefit k...
10/31/2023

It was so much fun to participate in the 2023 Fall Beer & Wine Bash! Thanks, YSC for giving to charities that benefit kids in VB. We couldn't do it without you! 😄

As many of you already know, October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month! What you may not know is that there are many ...
10/17/2023

As many of you already know, October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month!
What you may not know is that there are many celebrities who have also struggled with dyslexia. Due to their learning differences, school was often difficult and not enjoyable for them. However, their intelligence and creativity pushed them forward to do amazing things. Over the next several months, we would love to share their inspiring stories.

Today we would like to highlight an individual with dyslexia who has been making kids laugh and learn for over twenty years. Ryan Sias was recently featured on the International Dyslexia Association's website to help kick off Dyslexia Awareness Month.

"Ryan is an animation industry professional who specializes in children's entertainment and education. Ryan started doodling at the age of three and hasn't stopped since."

You can check out his website at RYANSIAS.COM and get a glimpse of his work on storyboards, film, TV, books, and illustrations. In fact, Ryan has a book that your doodler might enjoy just in time for Halloween called Super Duper Spooky Doodle Book. It is a "spook the imagination doodle and draw book with easy-to-follow drawing tips, imaginative doodle prompts, silly story starters, hilarious hidden picture pages, and more than 50 stickers!"

At SDF our students receive professional assessments and one-to-one tutoring sessions totaling up to as many as 100 hour...
09/27/2023

At SDF our students receive professional assessments and one-to-one tutoring sessions totaling up to as many as 100 hours. Marie’s experience with dyslexia has deep roots. Her father, Henry Sinkinson, had severe dyslexia.

“As children, my sisters and I witnessed how difficult it was for our dad to read, and how others automatically thought less of him because of that. Interestingly, my father greatly enjoyed reading the New York Times every morning aloud, although he would only make it through the title and maybe the first paragraph of an article. Nevertheless, we all knew he was a very intelligent man. He had a career as a mechanical engineer and worked a second job as a watchman, in order to provide for his family. Having personal “free time” was a luxury he couldn’t afford.” - Marie Sexton, Founder of SDF

Welcome back to school, everyone! 😄This new school year brings new opportunities to support your kids on their learning ...
08/24/2023

Welcome back to school, everyone! 😄

This new school year brings new opportunities to support your kids on their learning journey. New experiences and challenges await, and we are here to help encourage you along the way! As we enter this school year, be mindful that in primary-aged children dyslexia can look like slow processing, inconsistent spelling, poor handwriting, mixing letters and numbers, difficulties with concentration, or struggling to follow directions.

The International Dyslexia Association, says “Dyslexia’s various hallmark characteristics fall along continuums of severity that can change developmentally across a lifespan and improve with environmental influence.” That means dyslexia is on a continuum, so many people can experience it differently and exhibit a variety of unique strengths and challenges. IDA has a handbook of what every family should know; In addition to offering valuable information about dyslexia and its characteristics, this handbook provides information on assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas, and a vast array of resources.

https://dyslexiaida.org/ida-dyslexia-handbook/

If the Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation can be a source of support in any way please give us a call at 757-437-0733 or visit our website at www.sinkinsondylsexiafoundation.org

Cheering you on for a great 2023/2024 School Year!

Bethany's tutor and SDF's Founder, Marie Sexton says, "It has been a joy to watch our SDF Student, Bethany mature and ga...
08/10/2023

Bethany's tutor and SDF's Founder, Marie Sexton says, "It has been a joy to watch our SDF Student, Bethany mature and gain confidence over the last couple of years. She has come such a long way. When she first started her tutoring sessions she was reading at the 2nd-grade level. After two years of monthly tutoring sessions, she is now on target with 7th-grade level reading skills.”
Great job Bethany! We are so proud of you!

We would like to show our appreciation to the Youth Service Club () for their support that allows us to continue to chan...
06/27/2023

We would like to show our appreciation to the Youth Service Club () for their support that allows us to continue to change lives!
Thank you YSC 😄

SDF's Proven Success We've had the privilege of cheering on students like Emmett, Zy'Mari, Derrick, and Tristan, who hav...
06/20/2023

SDF's Proven Success

We've had the privilege of cheering on students like Emmett, Zy'Mari, Derrick, and Tristan, who have increased their reading and spelling exponentially!

When they first started at SDF, they struggled to read aloud at their grade level, but we have seen them gain confidence and acquire a love for reading.

Emmett's mother says, "It was such a relief when we discovered SDF. The progress he made there was astounding and gave me so much hope."

Zy'Mari's mother commented, "It's a wonderful experience to see your child enjoy going to tutoring to show off his new skills after struggling for so long."

Derrick's mother tells us that tutoring has made all the difference in how he views school and learning.

And Tristan's father noted, "I would strongly recommend SDF to any person struggling with dyslexia. Tristan's tutoring helped to increase his reading ability tremendously".

We are honored to be a part of something so life-changing here at SDF. If you would like to learn more about how you can help support our nonprofit please call or email us at [email protected] or (757) 437-0733

SDF is on a mission to Change Lives by helping people learn to read, and we need your help.  Please consider making your...
04/18/2023

SDF is on a mission to Change Lives by helping people learn to read, and we need your help. Please consider making your best gift now for our 2023 giving campaign. Thanks for being a part of this amazing mission! Your continued support changes lives!
Just email us, give us a call, or scan the QR code below to make a donation.
The Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation
757-437-0733 or [email protected]
Click the link for more information!
https://youtu.be/dOINKPjIe_I

We just wanted to remind everyone about this awesome event that supports nonprofits! Come on out and have some fun 🤗
04/13/2023

We just wanted to remind everyone about this awesome event that supports nonprofits! Come on out and have some fun 🤗

Congratulations to Tristan and Tutor Lisa For a Job Well Done!Tristan started with SDF in 2019 and we are proud to say t...
03/28/2023

Congratulations to Tristan and Tutor Lisa For a Job Well Done!

Tristan started with SDF in 2019 and we are proud to say that he has graduated from our reading program with Word Recognition increasing 4-grade levels!

Tristan and his parents remained diligent despite the challenges of COVID and having to change tutors on two separate occasions.

What a blessing it has been to see the progress that Tristan has made. We wish him and his family continued success!

Lisa’s thoughts about Tristan:

“I admire Tristan for many reasons. He has given full attention and great effort during our 5:00 lessons, after working hard at school all day. He has shown patience with himself as he has tried new and challenging skills, refusing to give up. He has made wonderful progress with reading and spelling. I have enjoyed working with Tristan and getting to know his family.”

Today is the first day of our FlipGive campaign! We are so excited and ready for the competition! 🥊So far, 14 candidates...
03/01/2023

Today is the first day of our FlipGive campaign!
We are so excited and ready for the competition! 🥊
So far, 14 candidates have signed up to win a $100.00 gift card to the restaurant of their choice 😋 The first one to raise $1,000 wins the prize! We will keep you posted on who is in the lead. Cheer them on as they support SDF and raise money through FlipGive 👏
If you would like to join the fight, check out this link:
https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=LDPC9T

We just want to give a huge thank you to Vibrant Shore Brewing Company for putting on an amazing event last Saturday! We...
02/28/2023

We just want to give a huge thank you to Vibrant Shore Brewing Company for putting on an amazing event last Saturday! We are so grateful! Congratulations to number 20 for winning 1st place in the Spelling Bee(r)! And thank you to everyone who came out to support us 😊

If you couldn't make it out, don't worry! Vibrant Shore Brewing Company put The Scarlett Future back on tap and are donating $1 for every pint sold until next Saturday! So come on out and support your local brewery and SDF🍻

HELP US FIGHT FOR THOSE WITH DYSLEXIA!SDF’s Board Members and staff are getting into a little friendly competition to se...
02/16/2023

HELP US FIGHT FOR THOSE WITH DYSLEXIA!
SDF’s Board Members and staff are getting into a little friendly competition to see who can raise more money through Flip Give. We’ll be kicking things off on March 1st.
Let us know if you would like to throw your hat into the ring. Just contact us at [email protected], by February 24th, tell us that you’ll be joining the SDF Flip Give Competition and we’ll include you in our totals.
The first person to raise $1,000 gets a $100 gift card to a restaurant of their choice.

Join our team now, and you'll get a $5 bonus after the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=LDPC9T
Or enter this code: LDPC9T

Thank you for your support Vibrant Shore Brewing Company ! We wanted to share your post as well! 𝑩𝒆𝒆𝒓. 𝑩-𝑬-𝑬-𝑹, 𝑩𝒆𝒆𝒓. 🍺🐝...
02/09/2023

Thank you for your support Vibrant Shore Brewing Company !
We wanted to share your post as well!

𝑩𝒆𝒆𝒓. 𝑩-𝑬-𝑬-𝑹, 𝑩𝒆𝒆𝒓. 🍺🐝🔠🎤💛

𝙎𝙥𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙩 𝙤𝙪𝙩 for a chance to be queen bee! 👑🐝 We are partnering with Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation () for our first 𝐀𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐞𝐞ʳ! Contestants 𝟐𝟏+ will attempt to spell a wide selection of words with varying degrees of difficulty. Audience members are encouraged to attend, have a beer (or two), cheer on the contestants and maybe share some laughs! 🍻👏
Tickets are $𝟐𝟎 and 𝘼𝙇𝙇 the proceeds will go to the 𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐲𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐚 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Let’s raise some money for a 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 and have some 𝙛𝙪𝙣 doing it! Tickets available in through our link tree in our bio! 🔗

𝙍𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙡𝙚𝙨 begin at 3:30 and be drawn at 5pm. You must be present to win! 🎟️🛍️
𝙁𝙊𝙊𝘿 𝙏𝙍𝙐𝘾𝙆: will be on-site from 3-8pm! 🍴

𝘽𝙀𝙀𝙍 𝙍𝙀-𝙍𝙀𝙇𝙀𝘼𝙎𝙀: We will be putting 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 back on tap on February 25th and $𝟏 of each beer sale for the 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠 will be donated to SDF! 🩸🍊🍻
𝙎𝘿𝙁 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙮, 𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙙𝙮𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙖 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙪𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝘾𝙤𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙑𝙞𝙧𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙖.

Cathy has been one of our volunteer tutors at SDF since 2021 and has been doing an amazing job with her student Matthew....
01/26/2023

Cathy has been one of our volunteer tutors at SDF since 2021 and has been doing an amazing job with her student Matthew. Recently, her life has taken her in a new direction, and she will no longer be volunteering with us. We want to thank her for all her hard work and dedication. Cathy's degree in Early Childhood Education has allowed her to have a positive impact on the children she teaches, as well as help build their confidence and self-esteem. Cathy will be turning over the reigns to our newest volunteer, Susan. We are so excited that Matthew will continue to make progress with Susan and are so thankful for the great foundation Cathy has given him.

According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), structured literacy (SL) approaches emphasize highly explicit...
01/11/2023

According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), structured literacy (SL) approaches emphasize highly explicit and systematic teaching of all important components of literacy. These components include both foundational skills (e.g., decoding, spelling) and higher-level literacy skills (e.g., reading comprehension, written expression). SL also emphasizes oral language abilities essential to literacy development, including phonemic awareness, sensitivity to speech sounds in oral language, and the ability to manipulate those sounds.

IDA says, Explicit teaching means that teachers clearly explain and model key skills; they do not expect children to infer these skills only from exposure. Systematic means that there is a well-organized sequence of instruction, with important prerequisite skills taught before more advanced skills. Explicit, systematic teaching requires teacher-led instruction that enables educators to provide prompt, targeted feedback in response to children's mistakes.

SL approaches use books and other instructional materials that lend themselves to this kind of teaching.

Unfortunately, IDA tells us that literacy instruction in many schools is not highly explicit or systematic, a core need of children with dyslexia as well as any other struggling students.

SDF's Founder, Marie Sexton, has been using a multisensory, Structured Literacy approach to reading for almost 40 years and she says " having worked with hundreds of students (of all ages, including adults) it has proven to work every time, even with individuals who have severe dyslexia. My question is, why are we not teaching every child to read in this way? It is very affordable and school districts would save millions of dollars by keeping children from needing special education services.”

Wishing You a Happy Holiday!No matter what holiday you celebrate, we'd like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season ...
12/21/2022

Wishing You a Happy Holiday!
No matter what holiday you celebrate, we'd like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous new year!

As we look back on the past year, we want to recognize the many generous people who have helped us. Your commitment to SDF is helping to change the lives of many people in our community.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
We look forward to our continued partnership in 2023!

Feeling Stressed this Season? One fun way to alleviate stress is through yoga. Yoga instructor, Miss Nanci, says that "B...
12/16/2022

Feeling Stressed this Season?

One fun way to alleviate stress is through yoga. Yoga instructor, Miss Nanci, says that "Balloon Breathing" is a great technique you can try at home with your kids.

Sit with your eyes closed and pretend you have a balloon in your body. Picture the color of your balloon so it is easier to imagine. The opening of the balloon starts down in your belly and the top is near the top of your chest. When you inhale or breathe deeply, feel the air fill your balloon up to the top. When you breathe out slowly, imagine the air moving back down the balloon to your belly. Try five breaths at first, and then work up to more as your lungs get stronger.

Anne is a retired teacher who helped a lot of students over her 42-year career and continues to do so today as a math tu...
12/02/2022

Anne is a retired teacher who helped a lot of students over her 42-year career and continues to do so today as a math tutor and volunteer reading tutor for SDF. Anne says, “Being able to read is part of the backbone of our lives without a question, and I wanted to help make a difference.”
Giving back to the community in a volunteer role is very important to Anne and we are so glad she choose the Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation to help out. When her student, Ethan, had to move shortly after he entered our program, Anne offered to continue working with him virtually. She says, “It has turned out to be really rewarding and enjoyable.”
Thanks, Anne your dedication will play a vital part in Ethan’s success!

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