Board Member: Amanda Norgaard
Amanda is a mum of three kids, all of whom are deliciously dyslexic! She has a small practice in delivering valid, evidence-based literacy intervention (MSL), and is a passionate Square Pegs board member and advocator for change.
“My relationship with dyslexia deepened in 2012, about a year after my eldest son was formally identified as dyslexic. After coming to the realisation he was at high risk of ‘falling through the education cracks,’ I shut down my small, part-time practice in allied health and using my undergrad degree in biomedical science as a launch pad, gained my Associate Accreditation as an Orton Gillingham trained, MSL educator and Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA) Associate Member (AMADA).
Since 2012, my three children and I have worked very hard to ensure they are able to access their grade level curriculums, are engaged fully in their learning and can reach their true potential.
My decision to gain qualifications in literacy intervention was initially to help my own children. However, my resolve to build greater community understanding with regards to dyslexic learners, including their often-overlooked strengths, has carried me to a place where I now help other dyslexic learners on their journeys towards literacy and academic success and hopefully, greater understanding and appreciation of themselves as divergent thinkers.”