Breakwater Associates

Breakwater Associates


We can and must do better for children with dyslexia…
We are excited to announce our new Director of Operations, Michelle Robinson! Formerly, one of our academic coaches, specializing in executive function coaching, Michelle comes to us with a background in education and business management, the perfect combination to help steer the Breakwater ship! ⚓️
Breakwater Associates has an immediate opening for a college internship in Mount Pleasant. If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]
Running Records do not follow the Science of Reading. The following article provides an excellent explanation on why they should not be used and provides evidence-based alternatives.
Copied from a frustrated teacher:

We have a national reading crisis, but we have the knowledge to teach ALL students to read better! Please continue reading this post copied from David Pelc.

Mark Seidenberg is not the first researcher to reach the stunning conclusion that only a third of the nation's schoolchildren read at grade level. The reasons are numerous, but one that Seidenberg cites over and over again is this: The way kids are taught to read in school is disconnected from the latest research, namely how language and speech actually develop in a child's brain.

Here’s an interview (2018) with Mark Seidenberg.

📚Is that the reason you wrote Language at the Speed of Sight? Outrage?

“I was motivated by accumulating frustration. I've reviewed the science of reading and documented how little impact it has had on educational practice, and I think this is bad. It has put kids at risk for failure.

Reading scientists have been talking about this for a long time and tried to communicate with educators and failed. We have not been able to get the science past the schoolhouse door.”

-Mark Seidenberg

Read more here:
An important message about the mental health of today’s children. Please watch…
From IDA-SC Board Member Angie Neal:

An abundance of reading research has converged over the past five decades to help us align our instruction with the evidence about how students best learn to read. To learn more about this, join a free, live event this Wednesday, December 8th from 7-8 pm via Zoom. It will be lead by Laura Stewart and Dr. Pam Kastner as they share about the mission of the The Reading League (TRL) and the development of a SC chapter of TRL. I hope you can join us!

Neuro-Psychological Based Psychoeducational Evaluation & Intervention for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dys Co-Presidents Julie R. Wood, Ed.S., LPES and Meg W.

Humphrey, Ed.S., NCSP, LPES lead this multidisciplinary team that serves the greater Charleston area.

Operating as usual


Breakwater Associates

The team at Breakwater Associates was proud to celebrate our tenth anniversary in 2022! We are looking forward to our second decade of serving the greater Charleston community as a leading provider of services to support the educational needs and psychological wellness of children through young adults.


Breakwater Associates Neuro-Psychological Based Psychoeducational Evaluation & Intervention for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech/Language Disorders, & Social/Emotional/Behavioral Difficulties


, looking to improve your knowledge and understanding of reading research? Try reading an article, listening to a podcast, or watching a presentation delivered by one of our faculty. This month, we’re featuring works by Dr. Sara Hart, W. Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair of Psychology.




It’s hard to believe this is debatable.
🤔 You gotta wonder…


It is 💯% okay to feel how you feel. It is also okay to edit your child’s books for more heathy messages to support their social-emotional development and mental health. ❤️‍🩹


It is 💯% okay to feel how you feel. It is also okay to edit your child’s books for more heathy messages to support their social-emotional development and mental health. ❤️‍🩹

Credit: Parenting Works Thank you for sharing this example of how we can edit language in children’s books. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼


It is important to recognize that not all students
with dyslexia are alike and there is no standard
or “classic” diagnostic profile for dyslexia
beyond the core problem with word recognition
and spelling. Although the majority will be
weak on tests of phoneme awareness, not all
will. Some students have a more prominent
problem establishing automatic or fluent word
recognition (“sight” word recognition) than
learning to recognize speech sounds in spoken
words. Those students often score low on
measures of Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN).
These students sound out words even after
seeing them many times and tend to spell
phonetically but not accurately. This subgroup
generally has milder difficulties with reading
than students with more serious impairments of
phonological processing. From: Idaho Dyslexia


Merry Christmas from the team at Breakwater Associates!


Merry Christmas from the team at Breakwater Associates!


Attention Beaufort County LAF Families: Registration for Art Therapy is OPEN! 🎨

Art Therapy is returning to Beaufort County in the New Year! To begin the registration process, please fill out the online intake form for each child/teen who would be participating.

For questions, contact LAF Program Coordinator Sophia Townes 843-800-7171 ext. 3 or [email protected]

Fill out intake form here:

A moment for humility and a new path forward on reading 12/11/2022

A moment for humility and a new path forward on reading

This powerful article says it all! It is beyond time to follow the science of reading and hold our universities accountable!

A moment for humility and a new path forward on reading This moment in education requires leaders who will publicly position themselves as the best learners, not the best knowers.


A Talk That All Parents Need to Hear


Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Breakwater Associates!


Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Breakwater Associates!

A Call for Rejecting SoR Strawmen 11/24/2022

A Call for Rejecting SoR Strawmen

A Call for Rejecting SoR Strawmen We are teachers who were sold the very story that journalist Emily Hanford describes in her new podcast: a myth about how students learn to crack the alphabetic code. So we were disappointed to see the recent letter by fifty-eight professors, authors, and curriculum developers responding to Hanford....


A diagnosis can lead to understanding, support services, research, and self-awareness that can lead to self-advocacy. If your child is struggling, the professionals at Breakwater Associates can help. 843-388-4048

Parent Course - The Reading League 11/10/2022

Parent Course - The Reading League

Parent Course - The Reading League A course designed for parents/caregivers to learn the basics of reading science and how it can be applied to instruction.


Our Dyslexia Therapists at Breakwater are trained and certified in a teaching approach that fully aligns with the Science of Reading. Please contact us if your child is struggling with reading. We can help!


In need of support in dealing with your child’s behaviors and time with other parents who “get it”? Private message our team member Allie for more information: schoolpsychallie

Timeline photos 10/20/2022

Timeline photos

Less than 2 weeks until Dr. Cheryl Chase presents Attention Disorders: Skills NOT just pills! Don't miss one of the leading experts on executive functioning present in person and virtually. Co-sponsored by Provident Charter School.


Enrollment is open for this exciting new program at Breakwater! For more information or to enroll, please email Allie at: [email protected]


Emily Hanford's upcoming new release! Hear from her on Nov 1 at a unique "clips & conversation" event, featuring literacy leaders from The Right to Read movie.

Free, virtual, and open to all!
Register at


Breakwater Associates has been helping students for over 10 years receive needed testing accommodations on the AP, PSAT, SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, SC BAR Exam, and professional exit exams; as well as general accommodations in undergraduate, graduate, medical school, pharmacy school, law school, and other professional programs.

Call us at 843-388-4048 to see how we may be able to help.

Timeline photos 10/08/2022

Timeline photos

Cognitive overload happens when a task or priority seems overwhelming or impossible, leading to procrastination, anxiety, or a lack of focus. Here's why it happens (and how to overcome it.)

Shout out to InnerDrive for the fantastic graphic. Check out their blog to learn more about cognitive overload:


🚨 If your life has been impacted by Dyslexia or you work with someone with Dyslexia, you'll want to check out this FREE handbook.

💻 This 36-page document has information on the characteristics of Dyslexia, teaching approaches, recommended readings, and much more.

Click on the link below to download your copy. ⤵️


This right here 👇🏼


Knowing there’s a reason for all our struggles doesn’t limit us, it empowers us!

Quote: Josh Clark (Head of the The Schenck School)

Dear Balanced Literacy Teacher 08/23/2022

Dear Balanced Literacy Teacher

Dear Balanced Literacy Teacher by Missy Purcell Dear Balanced Literacy Teacher, I will never forget taking my current 6th grader to his first day of kindergarten. He was wide-eyed and full of wonder. As the 3rd child, he couldn’t wait for his day to join his older brothers at our local elementary school and do all the things th...

Expert Q&A: Understanding emotional regulation in autism | 08/23/2022

Expert Q&A: Understanding emotional regulation in autism |

Expert Q&A: Understanding emotional regulation in autism | In this Q&A, Arianna Esposito, BCBA and vice president of services and supports and life span programs at Autism Speaks, discusses emotional regulation strategies. Learn more.


Welcome to Breakwater Associates

Directed by Julie R. Wood, Ed.S., LPES and Meg W. Humphrey, Ed.S., LPES, NCSP, both Licensed Psychoeducational Specialists and Certified School Psychologists, Breakwater Associates is a multidisciplinary private practice serving the greater Charleston area providing cognitive and academic; speech and language; and social/emotional/behavioral evaluation, intervention, and therapy.

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