Don’t Miss Out on Dyslexia Awareness Month Activities with Diana Hanbury King

unnamed[1] (4)Next week is rapidly approaching and we’re looking forward to our weeklong visit with Diana Hanbury King. If you look at the attached flyer, you’ll see we’ve got some amazing options for teachers who are becoming O-G certified, teachers who want to learn more about what O-G looks like in the classroom, community members who want to learn more about dyslexia and its impact, and homeschool parents who want to be able to better assist their children who struggle with reading and writing.

A few spaces remain for the Certified Level Training on October 5th and 6th at Camp Spring Creek. This will be a rare opportunity to work with the renowned Ms. King who has transformed the lives of countless young people with dyslexia.

Please contact the office with any questions or for more information at or 828-766-5032.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Camp Spring Creek Expands: Sue Wasserman Joins Team as Communications/PR Director

DSCF0049In case you’re wondering who this Sue Wasserman is whose name has begun appearing on Facebook and in the blog, I’m Camp Spring Creek’s new Communications/Public Relations Director. While we’re sad to see Katey leave, we’re excited that her writing career has reached new heights and is demanding more and more of her time. We’re grateful, too, that she’s helped Camp Spring Creek reach new heights.

I’ve actually known Susie and Steve since being a volunteer for their first camp painting party some 13 years ago, and have been in love with Camp Spring Creek’s mission since before they opened the doors. I have a diverse background in advertising, public relations, corporation communications and freelance writing. I’ve written for publications such as The New York Times, Southern Living, Atlanta Journal Constitution, American Style, etc.  Most recently, I self-published my first book, which combines my photography with a little inspiration courtesy of Mother Nature.

Community service is important to me – I took it upon myself in my latest corporate position to create an outreach program that involved 26 offices and more than 700 volunteers around the country.

Susie and Steve and I reconnected this past summer when they asked if I’d be interested in teaching writing for two weeks at camp. Having spent my high school and college summers as a camp counselor, I thought it would be right up my alley. I combined writing with photography, something I’m passionate about, thinking the images might help inspire the children.

Let’s just say I was hooked that first morning after breakfast as I watched the counselors, tutors and campers reading together. It didn’t take long for Susie to ask me to lend a hand. I knew I was where I was meant to be.

In addition to writing and editing all that needs to be written and edited, I’ll be promoting our work to the community, doing research to find new grants and working to build new relationships locally and regionally to generate new funds for camper scholarships, teacher training programs, and one-on-one training with children. I’m grateful for any ideas or suggestions you may have that can help me do my part in enabling children with dyslexia to become confident adults. Simply forward your thoughts my way at

Here’s to the possibilities.

Celebrating Dyslexia Awareness Month With Diana King

While our Camp Spring Creek schedules traditionally cool down in October, this year they’re heating up 11836790_10152903791125448_4283862420779050674_n[1]thanks to what’s certain to be a memorable trip from Diana King, internationally renowned for her work with dyslexic children. For those of you who may not be aware, Diana founded Camp Dunnabeck for children with dyslexia in 1955 and the Kildonan School in 1969.  She has published numerous articles and books. Her newest book, a guide to homeschooling, may be available while she’s here. Diana had so much fun during her stay with us this past summer, she asked if she could come back to offer more training.

If you’re pursuing Certified Level training and are currently at the Associate Level, you need to head to Camp Spring Creek on October 5 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and October 6 (9 a.m. – noon). Cost for the day and half-long session, which includes a tour of our summer camp facilities, is $150. You pack your lunch and we’ll provide light refreshments.  Let us know if you need accommodations. We can offer several area options.

The Yancey Library is the place to be on October 6, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. when we screen a movie about dyslexia that is both humorous and touching. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to understand dyslexia and all its implications. We’ll offer light refreshments before starting the movie at 7 p.m.

Parents who homeschool their children with dyslexia will want to join us in our Spruce Pine office from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on October 7. Diana will share strategies to use with struggling readers and help parents develop a greater understanding of multi-sensory learning modalities.

An after-school outing from 3:30 p.m – 5 p.m. on October 8 in the library at Greenlee Primary is ideal for curious teachers who have heard of O-G training but want to know what it looks like in the classroom.  Teachers who have used O-G in the classroom will also be on hand to share their experiences.

Diana has set aside October 9 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in our Spruce Pine Outreach Center for anyone who has taken the classroom educator or Associate Level course and has questions on how to better individualize their efforts. This session will be followed by a meet and greet with Diana at Spoon, which is located just around the corner on Upper Street.

If you can, please RSVP by October 1 for the October 5, 6 and 7 training at We look forward to seeing you.

For the Children by Rob Langston

$_35Today’s book rec comes from Susie, who suggests that the beginning of the school year is always a great time to review your goals to work as a team with you child’s teachers, school administrators, or IEP team members. There can be many barriers, but there can also be many successes. Clear communication, goals, and expectataions along with a positive outlook are keys to success. After all, everyone has the same goal: to get your child the best educational opportunities possible.

To that end Rob Langston’s For the Children: Redefining Success in School and Success in Life is worth taking a look at. With so many messages from schools, from home, from media, and from research, and from society in general, sometimes it’s hard to know “how to be.” The author’s Amazon page notes, “In this book I tell you about my struggles and accomplishments as a child and an adult with Dyslexia, with the hope that it will give you the strength and encouragement to help yourself or a loved one. I strongly urge you to read this book and apply it to your life. Don’t ever give up on your dreams and always believe in yourself.” Read more here.

In her Own Words: Melisa Cadell

10922796_10205501423205779_7271365317249866035_n“The biggest thing for Ben at camp was that he was surrounded by other children with dyslexia and so he found kids who look at the world in the same ways that he does. It was an amazing time where there was no stigma attached to him. Instead, the message was that you have to advocate for yourself and remember that the sky is the limit. It was amazing, as a mother, to watch him go through that. He came home and told me, ‘Now I don’t feel like I’m stupid.’ He’s had that thought since first grade, but now he doesn’t. There truly is a stigma with this kind of thing in the schools, but now, Ben knows that he learns differently and he knows he has strengths.”

Melisa Cadell, artist, parent of Camp Spring Creek camper Ben

(Read Ben’s full story in our front page feature right here.)

Video: Tutoring for Accuracy

Here’s another in our series of videos on tutoring using Orton-Gillingham practices. For more lessons you can use at home or in the classroom, subscribe to our YouTube channel (link on right sidebar).

End of Summer Exhale

Wow. It was another amazing summer!

Steve, Susie, Marguerite, Nina, Olson, Mimi, and all the counselors, tutors, and staff thank YOU for entrusting us with your children and helping us thrive as a camp, grow as a business, expand as a family, and love like there’s no tomorrow!

We’re taking the rest of August off from the blog to catch our breath. We’ll be back this fall with twice weekly posts, including everything from artist interviews to book recs to training videos and more. Stay tuned!


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