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LexiConfidence LLC

Educational Therapy and Dyslexia Intervention

Confident Learners Built Here

 

The LexiConfidence Approach

“A stitch in time saves nine.”  Benjamin Franklin proposed such wisdom applicable to his time, yet such words echo truth in modern day education.  When a child is struggling in the classroom, what good is the "wait and see" approach or retention?  Learning is comprised of many layers, and the approach to academic intervention is often a top-down process in our society.   I was taught the same top-down model, until my own curiosity to find the optimal approach to intervention led me to practitioners who shared their stories of success using an integrated approach that begins with the foundation. 


Imagine if your kitchen sink in the house is not working properly.  You call a plumber.  The plumber assesses the situation and then proceeds to solve the problem by fixing the sink.  Now, suppose this scenario ensues.  Your sink is unusable.  You call a plumber.  The plumber assesses the sink and diagnoses the problem.  He writes a report with recommendations, namely compensate for the problem.   In other words, he provides a diagnosis and a list of accommodations for the sink that isn’t working efficiently, but your sink is still inoperable when he leaves.  When your child receives a diagnosis, a list of accommodations is not going to help your child’s cognition.  We who specialize in helping struggling learners need to properly assess not only top-down, but also from bottom-up.  We need to be looking beyond academics in our assessment.  “A stitch in time saves nine.”  


We know that the brain can receive remediation and that the brain is modifiable and has plasticity.  Effective instruction should start with assessment and be tailored to the child’s “roadblocks”, not a list of compensatory strategies. Understanding neuroscience is paramount because through our conceptualization of how the brain learns, can we optimize instruction and efficiency. 

    

I have friends who own a safari in Botswana, and I am fascinated to hear about their vastly different working environment than mine.  In many parts of Africa, flying is more efficient than driving, and moreover necessary because of the lack of infrastructure. A drive that should take an hour could take ten because there aren't roads connecting the destinations.  I use this as a metaphor, as I see this in learning.  It is essential to build neural pathways in the brain, then have the repeated practice to make the pathways more efficient.  This creates the white-matter, myelination, that helps improve processing and performance.  We build the road (explicit teaching), pave the road (guided practice), drive the road (repeated practice-homework).  This is why the homework is essential for both neuro exercises, cognitive therapy, and educational therapy (dyslexia, dyscalculia). Without the repeated practice, the pathways aren't firing as they should. 

Reading comprehension is a higher-order thinking skill that requires working memory.  Persistent problems with alphabetic principle and decoding, adversely affect reading fluency.  This causes a cognitive overload so to speak which impedes working memory, a cognitive function that is the ability to hold onto something long enough to do something with it. As an educational therapist, understanding the how and the why of learning differences is key to creating new brain pathways and unlocking them. Many children in educational therapy struggle with hand-eye coordination, bilateral coordination, handwriting, balance, sensory processing, and those who have learning differences all have retained reflexes; the research tells us.  I find it necessary to consider the sublayers of learning; foundational steps that must be in place in order for academic performance to be optimal.  Those sublayers cross over into territories such as previously mentioned, fine and gross motor, coordination and balance, nutrition, stress,  yoga, sensory processing, primitive reflexes,  kinesiology, cognition, and when there is a problem in the foundation, there are learning challenges in the classroom dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia…


LexiConfidence LLC is an integrative approach unique to the learning needs of your child.

 

Carri Naumann-Monti, M.A. Ed. M., PCET

Certified Dyslexia Specialist/Screener
Professionally Certified Educational Therapist

 

About Me

My name is Carri, or as the kids call me, “Ms. Carri”.  As a  certified dyslexia specialist and licensed educational  therapist, I am committed to teaching your child to read, gain number sense, and spell confidently, while improving neuro, sensory, and cognitive development.   I use an Orton-Gillingham based structured literacy  approach to teaching reading using explicit, multi-sensory, sequential phonics. For 20 years I have been an   educator and am a dedicated lifelong learner.  I started my career in Hanover County as a German and ESL teacher, then was chosen to work at VCU as a Teacher in Residence in the School of Education and School of World Studies, serving as an adjunct Linguistics professor, Italian instructor, and a field supervisor for student teachers of world languages.  I served as faculty and administration at The Steward School as an ESL teacher and Resource teacher before becoming the Upper School Dean of Student Support.  

In 2016, I started LexiConfidence, LLC and have expanded my practice to include educational therapy: dyslexia and dyscalculia intervention,  cognitive development, dyslexia screenings, primitive reflex movement assessment and exercises, yoga, consultation, and professional development.  Cognitive and academic testing is forthcoming.


I live in Mechanicsville with my husband, son, and two daughters.  I enjoy being a soccer and dance mom, a singer, and serve as an early childhood  choir director at Fairmount Christian Church.  When I am not teaching, I  can usually be found with a book within reach.

   Education

University of Virginia, M. Ed., Reading


West Virginia University M. A.

                German/TESOL


Virginia Commonwealth University, BA

                German/International Studies


Certifications/Trainings

Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist,

  CERI and International Dyslexia

  Association

Virginia Department of Education,

    Licensed Teacher

Equipping Minds Cognitive Mediator

Professionally Certified Educational Therapist, NILD

Jill Ham, Ed. S.,  Alphabetic Principle and Tier Training


Kidding Around Yoga, Instructor


Barton Screening for Dyslexia


Dyslexia Seminar, Univ. of Richmond

NILD, RX for Math


Build Math Minds


 

Educational Therapy and Assessment

Does my child have dyslexia?
Does my child have learning differences?
Does my child have retained reflexes?

LexiConfidence LLC can assess your child and provide answers and solutions for learning struggles and replace tears with confidence. 

I offer individualized and integrated  educational therapy to meet your child's learning needs including:

Orton-Gillingham-based Reading Instruction (Structured Literacy)

Explicit Math instruction for number sense

Multiplication using Making Math Real

Primitive Reflex  Integration

Rhythmic Movement

Cognitive Training- Equipping Minds

NILD Educational Therapy

Kidding Around Yoga

Assessment and Consultation

Screening for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

Phonological Processing

Auditory Processing

Bender Test of Visual-Motor Integration

Primitive Reflex Testing

Coming Soon: Woodcock-Johnson IV Test of Cognitive, Achievement, and Oral Language

Testimonials

"Before coming to Carri, I felt lost as a parent of a child with dyslexia.   My daughter was frustrated and often in tears. While our previous tutor was very nice, homework was not assigned and I was not offered any suggestions of what I could do as a parent to help.   My daughter did not look forward to the sessions; it was a struggle.  I found myself using Google to try and figure out how I could help her, most days ending with frustration.

Carri has been a breath of fresh air, my daughter loves her and I have seen HUGE improvements and the resources she has provided to me are invaluable.  I am no longer lost as a parent.  Carri is truly gifted and provides an incredibly loving and positive environment. She is passionate about her work and it shows.  I thank God every day for leading us to her." Ms. S, a parent

"You have worked so hard with our son as he was really struggling when we first came to you.  Now look where he is-reading on grade level for the first time in his life. You have done an amazing job remediating him, Carri, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."  Ms. S., a parent

"You are a wealth of knowledge and have so much to share with the world!!! I can't wait to see how God continues to work through you helping so many families!  We're all truly blessed!!"  Ms. B., a parent

"I cannot thank you enough for recognizing the challenges that my daughter has with core strength and fine motor.   You are so very gifted and brilliant! But most of all you are so loving and caring and that combination is rare." Ms. P., a parent

 

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