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Internationally recognized dyslexia and ADD expert Susan Barton to provide FREE seminar for educators April 19 at Peru State


Susan Barton(Peru, Neb.) Susan Barton, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD), will present a free seminar on symptoms and solutions of dyslexia from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the Peru State College (PSC) Theatre.


There is no charge to attend the event, which is open to the public. Participants are asked to reserve a seat online at


PSC Dean of the School of Education Dr. Jodi Kupper said, “We’re very excited about Ms. Barton’s visit to Peru State. It’s a wonderful opportunity for current teachers, teacher education candidates, parents and families to increase their knowledge of dyslexia and its impact on teaching and learning.” 


District 29 Title I Teacher Wendy Engles, an organizer for the event, said, “We are grateful to Peru State College for hosting the Susan Barton seminar. Parents and teachers will greatly benefit from Susan’s expertise as dyslexia continues to be undiagnosed in approximately 20 percent of school age children.”


Barton began her work in the field of dyslexia after watching her nephew, Ben, have significant difficulty in school. After receiving special training, Barton spent years tutoring adults with dyslexia in literacy programs and then children with both dyslexia and ADD/ADHD in professional clinics. She is trained in seven different Orton-Gillingham based systems and most of the Lindamood-Bell programs.


Barton founded Bright Solutions for Dyslexia in 1998. The mission of the organization is to educate parents and teachers about causes, symptoms, and research-based solutions for children and adults with dyslexia. Barton also developed the Barton Reading and Spelling System, an Orton-Gillingham influenced system designed specifically for parents, home school parents and volunteer tutors in literacy programs.


In addition to offering seminars to the public, Barton conducts in-service trainings for school districts throughout North America on the causes, symptoms, appropriate remediation techniques, and classroom accommodations for students with dyslexia and/or ADD. She has presented at many state and regional conferences for organizations such as the Association of Christian Schools International, International Reading Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Oregon and Canadian Dyslexia Associations, Learning Disabilities Association, and California Association of School Psychologists, to name a few.


Barton is an instructor of Phonemic Awareness and Multisensory Teaching Techniques
at the University of California, Learning Disabilities at West Valley College, and
three graduate-level courses at the University of San Diego: Diagnosing Dyslexia, Understanding Dyslexia & AD/HD, and Tutoring People with Dyslexia. Barton has produced four educational videos on dyslexia which can be viewed for free at


A plaque with Barton’s name was recently added to the International Dyslexia Association’s Hall of Honor, next to the plaques for Dr. Orton, Anna Gillingham, Reid Lyon, Beth Slingerland, and other internationally recognized authorities in the field of dyslexia.


Barton’s visit is being sponsored by the Peru Student Education Association, PSC’s Council for Exception Children, and Education Service Unit 4. More information about Barton can be found online at