What if dyslexia therapy was accessible to students from the comfort at their homes? I would like to introduce you to Megan Pinchback, the founder of Dyslexia On Demand, a web based dyslexia intervention service.
It was such a delight to hangout with Megan and photograph her to showcase her passion in helping children develop stronger confidence in themselves!
I first met Megan in the kid's pool at the YMCA. We talked about our experiences living in other countries, raising kids, motherhood... she is so kind and full of life! Little did I know at that time, this lady is a mama, a successful entrepreneur, and has a passion for empowering others!
Meet Megan Pinchback, a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, and founder of Dyslexia on Demand.
Dyslexia on Demand is a web based dyslexia intervention service. It was a pleasure to photograph her and I'm here today to share a little bit about her story. I hope you feel inspired, and also help spread the word about this beautiful service she provides to the community of Dripping Springs and all around the country.
Taila Wade: Tell me a little bit about you and how your interest Dyslexia got started?
Megan Pinchback: From the time I was in high school, I knew that I had an intense interest in special education. As I watched my mother struggle to get my brother, diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome, the accommodations he deserved, I knew that I, too, wanted to help. After undergraduate and graduate school, my path lead me through a ten plus year path through all the different special education classrooms present on campuses: Life Skills, Autism and Behavior Units, and finally several years in the Resource classrooms. At that point, I was offered a chance opportunity to be scholar shipped through a local Masonic lodge to receive an intensive dyslexia training in order to more greatly help the students in my school. It was my amazing administrator at the time, Amy Kinkade, who currently lives in our community, who saw this as a stepping stone for me business wise and who inspired me to move forward after leaving the campus. Sometimes, life has a way of throwing things into your lap. It is what you do with it that makes all the difference.
TW: Why to create an online platform for Dyslexia Therapy?
MP: Truthfully, it was all about options. I have been a dyslexia therapist for over ten years and in private practice for 7 plus. All my years in private practice, I was traveling either to campuses or my own office, always while working around my children's schedules. It was my side involvement in an online business that caused me to open my mind to OPTIONS. I loved the fact that I could work that business on my own terms without ever leaving the house. That, along with my husband's encouragement, got me thinking. My profession is severely under represented for the amount of demand there is. Large parts of the country have almost no representation. Why not fuse my interest for flexibility and the desperate demand for intervention opportunities and see what happens?
TW: Who can benefit from your services?
MP: Dyslexia does not discriminate. It can be found in 20% of our population regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Although the majority of my students range in age from 7-13, I have worked with both older and younger. The therapy program I deliver is multi sensory, systematic phonetic instruction of the explicit rules of both reading and spelling. I have never NOT seen it have an enormous impact on anyone who commits to it. Even those who have do not have dyslexia, but have other related learning disabilities, or just need a more high level of repetition because of how their brains work....it is a game changer for everyone.
TW: What inspires you to do what you do? What drives you to keep going when things get really tough?
MP: At the core of it, I love to help people. I love to feel like I am making a difference. I think that I really get more out of it sometimes than they do. The warm fuzzies of the feedback from parents and students that I CHANGED their lives and perspectives is what drives to me constantly improve, keep going, and keep reaching.
TW: What piece of advice would you share with other women thinking of starting their own business, or in the very beginning stages of it?
MP: The biggest piece of advice is to keep riding the wave and seeing where it takes you. Every year I reflect and am amazed at the things I have achieved and how they are NOTHING like where I ever thought I would be. I might not be an idea generator, but I am an executor. It's the "doing" piece...the taking a chance piece...that has gotten me where I am. I don't sit on an idea. I am the girl who jumps without the safe guards. I am not the smartest girl, but I might be the hardest working one. I show up, I'm consistent, and I commit. I believe that has gotten me where I am today. I have no idea what is coming around the next corner, but I will keep riding the wave and staying open minded to the next thing that falls into my lap!
Interested in knowing more? Check out https://www.dyslexiaondemand.com/
Also, the Hill Country View magazine has published a wonderful and informative article about retraining the brain, with Megan. Go check their online version here: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62999107/january-2020-hill-country-view
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