IDALA, San Fernando Valley Support Group Meeting

On October 5, 2017, I facilitated the IDALA (International Dyslexia Association – Los Angeles Branch) Parent Support Group meeting. IDALA is a volunteer non-profit organization that serves Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Our mission is to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia, to promote effective intervention practices, and to support individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field.

Ken Goodman, a therapist who specializes in anxiety issues, spoke with our group about the anxiety students and parents often experience at the beginning of the fall semester.  This anxiousness is experienced by many students, especially those students with a learning challenge such as dyslexia.

Ken taught us a strategy for reducing anxiety by doing “Three by Three Relaxation Breathing.”  Relaxation breathing slows your heart rate, decreases your blood pressure, and relaxes your muscles.

This is how you do it:

  1. Inhale slowly, quietly and deeply through your nose.
  2. Use your muscles and push your stomach out as you inhale.
  3. Pause for three counts after you inhale.
  4. Think of a phrase to yourself as you inhale and exhale. For example, think, “I can” as you inhale and “relax” as you exhale.

Practice often throughout the day with both your eyes open and closed.  The more you practice the more Three by Three Breathing will feel natural.

If you would like to learn more about dyslexia, please visits the IDALA website at

If you would like to talk further about ways to help your child reduce his or her level of anxiety, I am here to help! Please call me at 310-849-6751 or email me at

Best,                                                                                                                                                                                     Jeri