Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation

Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation 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.
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The Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation is an independent non-profit agency dedicated to the identification and remediation of dyslexia, a severe language based reading disability that exists in individuals having average to superior levels of intellectual functioning.

Mission: The Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation's mission is to teach children and adults, who are dyslexic, to read. This is accomplished through professional assessment and one to one tutoring. Our tutoring program is based on the Orton Gillingham, multi-sensory method of teaching reading, writing, and spelling to individuals with deficient reading skills due to dyslexia.

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A Tutor Above the Rest!This month we're featuring SDF Tutor Debbie Nelson.  She's been with us since 2016, aren't we luc...
10/09/2020

A Tutor Above the Rest!
This month we're featuring SDF Tutor Debbie Nelson. She's been with us since 2016, aren't we lucky? Former students; ME, Jacob, Mackenzie, Michele and Monique sure, think so. Debbie says that she believes if someone can read they can learn whatever they want. Thanks for all you do Debbie, to help our students succeed!

Hey we know that you've got some added challenges these days with COVID-19 so we're passing along some great information...
09/30/2020

Hey we know that you've got some added challenges these days with COVID-19 so we're passing along some great information from Reading Rockets that's sure to make your job easier. If you're a parent, you may be interested in what you can do to support your child's learning. Check out this segment on Parent Engagement:
https://www.readingrockets.org/reading-topics/parent-engagement

Cheering our tutors on as we kick off the fall semester.  Our tutors make all the difference and we can't wait to share ...
09/18/2020

Cheering our tutors on as we kick off the fall semester. Our tutors make all the difference and we can't wait to share their individual stories with you in the coming months. Please click here to join our mailing list, you don't want to miss out! https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/HxWMuAA

Our plans have changed, but itโ€™s not all bad news.  In an effort to keep you safe during the pandemic we have postponed ...
08/28/2020

Our plans have changed, but itโ€™s not all bad news. In an effort to keep you safe during the pandemic we have postponed our annual, Brewed to Read event, until next year.
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Sharing our success, one tutor at a time. At SDF, we are so grateful to have Mrs. Lori on our team.  She has worked with...
08/14/2020

Sharing our success, one tutor at a time. At SDF, we are so grateful to have Mrs. Lori on our team. She has worked with multiple foundation students since 2015 and tells us she plans to continue volunteering. Thank you, Mrs. Lori, for making a difference!

Make Their World Come Alive Reading Rocket's annual summer book list makes it easy to find great books during the long, ...
07/23/2020

Make Their World Come Alive
Reading Rocket's annual summer book list makes it easy to find great books during the long, lazy days of summer. This list can be a springboard for helping your kids choose books that pique their curiosity. Help get them motivated by visiting: https://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer

As we continue to take steps to bring new methods of instruction to our up-and-coming teachers about the effects of dysl...
07/09/2020
Switching Letters, Skipping Lines: Troubled and Dyslexic Minds

As we continue to take steps to bring new methods of instruction to our up-and-coming teachers about the effects of dyslexia and methods of intervention; we are reminded by an essay, written by a middle school student, as to why this is part of our mission.

As we like to say, out of the mouths of babes:
โ€œAfter years of intensive interventions including tutors and outside programs, I can finally pick up a book and read it like itโ€™s nothing. This could be the future for many kids but not until teachers are trained properly and appropriate interventions are provided. In the meantime, we all need to remember, โ€œGreat minds donโ€™t think alike.โ€ -Hayden Miskinis

This essay, by Hayden Miskinis, is one of the top three winners in the middle school category of our Seventh Annual Student Editorial Contest for which we received 1,242 entries.

Check out our new website! It's full of information about the free services we provide, how we strive to make an impact ...
07/02/2020
Everyone Has a Right to Read.

Check out our new website! It's full of information about the free services we provide, how we strive to make an impact on our community, the volunteer opportunity that awaits, and a list of great resources.

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06/29/2020

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Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation's cover photo
06/22/2020

Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation's cover photo

Give Local 757 Giving Day was a huge success and we want to thank all of those that were able to support our foundation!...
05/13/2020

Give Local 757 Giving Day was a huge success and we want to thank all of those that were able to support our foundation!

Remember, you are the reason we are able to continue to offer these essential services, for free, to those in need. You can continue helping all year by becoming a monthly donor, becoming a volunteer tutor, attending our events, and sharing our Facebook posts.

By supporting SDF during today's Give Local 757 day of giving you are helping students that struggle with reading.  Here...
05/12/2020
Support Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation in #GiveLocal757! | Give Local 757

By supporting SDF during today's Give Local 757 day of giving you are helping students that struggle with reading. Here's what the parent of our most recent graduates had to say about their experience:

"In my 2 years in the program, I have watched my son go from not wanting to read out loud because he didn't know or couldn't sound out the words. He got with Curtis [his tutor], who has done an outstanding job with my son. Curtis has the patience and willingness to help my son. The program over the years has made my son thrive in school. He went from C, D, E's on his report card to straight A's. His vocabulary knowledge was increased greatly. We practice different reading strategies like reading the closed caption while watching TV. My child has been able to read aloud in class without thinking he's going to make a mistake. He has a ton of courage to speak out. Not only did his math, reading grades sore but so did the rest of his classes, and that's all in thanks to his tutoring and having someone take the time out to train his brain."

#everyonehasarightoread #givelocal757

Iโ€™m ready to support Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation on May 12, 2020 during Give Local 757. Learn more about Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation and all the other organizations participating in #GiveLocal757.

Tomorrow, May 12th, you will have 24 hours (one day!) to give where your heart is! To support our campaign, visit the li...
05/11/2020
Support Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation in #GiveLocal757! | Give Local 757

Tomorrow, May 12th, you will have 24 hours (one day!) to give where your heart is! To support our campaign, visit the link below, and remember, Everybody Has the Right to Read! #GiveLocal757

Iโ€™m ready to support Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation on May 12, 2020 during Give Local 757. Learn more about Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation and all the other organizations participating in #GiveLocal757.

05/07/2020
Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation's cover photo
05/01/2020

Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation's cover photo

International Dyslexia Association
05/01/2020

International Dyslexia Association

This weekโ€™s free presentation โ€œBecoming a Lioness Mother: How to Protect and Support Your Dyslexic Childโ€ is presented by Linda Siegel, Ph.D. Watch it now at https://youtu.be/4IZ1beCxFqs and don't forget to subscribe!

As we continue social distancing, we are reminded daily about how our local economy is being effected. Take some time an...
04/29/2020
How to Support Local Businesses in Va Beach

As we continue social distancing, we are reminded daily about how our local economy is being effected. Take some time and try to think outside the box about how you can support local businesses.

#stayhome #shoplocal #givelocal757

As we all do our part for the next couple of months and continue to stay at home and keep our social distance, many have been wondering how we can continue to support our local businesses. From favorite neighborhood restaurants to locally-owned shops now running their operations curbside and online,...

If you are looking for resources in the Hampton Roads area, including housing, food, individual and family support, heal...
04/08/2020
Resources For Families Of 757 | Resources757

If you are looking for resources in the Hampton Roads area, including housing, food, individual and family support, health care, GED and education and much more, follow the link to the Resources757 resource page for a full listing. https://www.resources757.org/

If you are looking for resources in the Hampton Roads area, including housing, food, individual and family support, health care, GED and education and much more, follow the link to our Resources757 resource page for a full listing.

03/24/2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: We take the health and well-being of our community, students, and volunteers very seriously. Like you, we are closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to practice social distancing and all tutoring and training have been suspended until further notice. We will continue to put forth our efforts into informing our community about dyslexia and advocating for its cause. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

We would like to introduce to you one of our most recent graduates. Koichi, being a very smart and sweet child, made it ...
03/08/2020

We would like to introduce to you one of our most recent graduates. Koichi, being a very smart and sweet child, made it difficult to believe that he resisted attending school. Testing reveled that he had a significant degree of difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling. After 16 months of once-a-week tutoring, Koichi's reading improved 5 grade levels; placing him a year above his actual grade level.

We are so proud of Koichiโ€™s hard work and the dedication of his volunteer tutor. IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW COULD BENEFIT FROM OUR SERVICES, PLEASE MESSAGE US, VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.sinkinsondyslexiafoundation.org, or CALL 437-0733.

Every few weeks we will be highlighting the story of one of our amazing students or dedicated volunteers. We hope their ...
03/05/2020

Every few weeks we will be highlighting the story of one of our amazing students or dedicated volunteers. We hope their stories will inspire you, teach you more about the effects of dyslexia, and show you that having difficulties with reading does not have to be a lifelong issue.

Thank you VB Youth Service Club for the generous donation you made to our foundation this year.  We are proud to be a pa...
01/14/2020

Thank you VB Youth Service Club for the generous donation you made to our foundation this year. We are proud to be a part of the large community that brings services to the youth in Hampton Roads. We are grateful to have support from a group like yours that encourages the community to be involved in supporting non-profits and the children they serve.

The kids are the reason we do what we do. From every member of the Virginia Beach Youth Service Club we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

We are thankful for many things, but especially our volunteers! We were very blessed to have been a part of the annual g...
11/28/2019

We are thankful for many things, but especially our volunteers! We were very blessed to have been a part of the annual giving day event hosted by Volunteer Hampton Roads last weekend. Our volunteers assembled 250 bags full of pencils, highlighters, paper pads, erasers, and hole punchers for our student/tutor pairs. They also wrote them over 100 cards of encouragement!
๐Ÿ™ We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿฆƒ

#familyvolunteerhr #fvd2019 Waiting for our volunteers to arrive! Theyโ€™ll be putting together 250 packages of supplies f...
11/23/2019

#familyvolunteerhr #fvd2019 Waiting for our volunteers to arrive! Theyโ€™ll be putting together 250 packages of supplies for our students and tutors.๐Ÿ’•

Todayโ€™s sessions at the International Dyslexia Association Conference provided us with the confirmation that dyslexia is...
11/09/2019

Todayโ€™s sessions at the International Dyslexia Association Conference provided us with the confirmation that dyslexia is becoming a more recognized disability amongst educators. It is an unfortunate truth that dyslexia diagnosis and remediation are not being properly addressed all over the country. All agree that effective methods of teaching reading are those that are based in structured literacy (SL), and that continued research is needed to support the need for SL. There is also a strong need to focus more on teaching those who teach teachers. Sessions offered today included: The Next Steps for Implementing State Dyslexia Legislation, The Importance of Phonological Awareness Instruction for All Beginning & Struggling Readers, Challenges in the Assessment and Diagnosis of Dyslexia, and Consensus on the Dyslexia Definition.

Last nightโ€™s opening general session, โ€œPaving the Way to the Futureโ€ included an inspirational dance presentation depict...
11/08/2019

Last nightโ€™s opening general session, โ€œPaving the Way to the Futureโ€ included an inspirational dance presentation depicting an individualโ€™s journey with dyslexia, a panel discussion, and the presentation of the Pinnacle Award to John Hoke, Chief Design Officer at Nike.

11/07/2019

International Dyslexia Association conference, here we come!

Raising dyslexia awareness with Jake Clemons.
10/31/2019

Raising dyslexia awareness with Jake Clemons.

Raising dyslexia awareness with Jake Clemons.

The VBCPSโ€™s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Disability Resource Fair continues until 8:30 tonight. There are...
10/01/2019

The VBCPSโ€™s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Disability Resource Fair continues until 8:30 tonight. There are 83 vendors sharing information and resources available within our community for individuals with exceptional needs and/or disabilities.

Come stop by our table for more information about the free services we provide struggling readers.  We will be at Landst...
10/01/2019

Come stop by our table for more information about the free services we provide struggling readers. We will be at Landstown High School, tonight, from 6:30-8:30.

It's only 10 days until Disability History and Awareness month and our Community Resource Fair. Please join us in celebration at the Fair on October 1, 2019 at Landstown High School, 2001 Concert Drive Virginia Beach 23456 from 6:30-8:30. Please don't forget, there will be DOOR PRIZES!! See you there.

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