In this episode of Mentorships in Education, we welcome Cigdem Knebel. Mentorships in Education is brought to you by Just Education, LLC and is hosted by Judith Epstein. Judith has a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Language Acquisition. She is certified in special education with post-graduate coursework and professional development in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Social Thinking, and Collaborative & Proactive Solutions and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). Judith created Just Education, LLC to compile a free resource library for mentors of students who struggle on a wide variety of topics that are all related to education and student success.
Cigdem Knebel is an Engineer who works in sales for a publicly traded corporation. She became aware that her younger son was having difficulty learning to read. Cigdem began her investigation. She was lead in the right direction by a friend whose child had been diagnosed with Dyslexia and Cigdem saw some pronounced similarities.
She struggled to find high-interest/low level decodable chapter books a dyslexic child could painlessly read; she began to write one herself for her 7-year-old son. They became so popular she has gone on to write many more and to begin her own publishing company.
Her mission is to improve fluency, comprehension, and most importantly, reading-confidence of children with dyslexia. She accomplishes this by using many carefully chosen decodable and frequently used words in her books with the skills of dyslexics in mind.
Cigdem believes that all children love to read. This is no different for children with dyslexia; they just need to find that right book for them. And Simple Words Books aspire to be those books.
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