Hettie P. Johnson M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist

Strategies for more success with less stress

Powerful strengths associated with dyslexia:

Maryanne Wolf


Dyslexic Advantage

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity


Headstrong Nation



Frequently Asked Questions About Dyslexia

Do I have dyslexia?

What are the Signs of Dyslexia?

Myths About Dyslexia

  1. AD/HD and Dyslexia

  2. Adolescents and Adults with Dyslexia

  3. At Risk Students English Language Learners

  4. Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities

  5. Dyslexia and the Brain

  6. Dyslexia Basics

  7. Dyslexia Stress Anxiety Connection

  8. Educational Promises

  9. Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Dyslexia

  10. Evaluating Educational Professionals

  11. Gifted and Dyslexic

  12. Helpful Terminology

  13. Home Schooling

  14. Spelling

  15. Testing and Evaluation

  16. Transitioning from High School to College 

  17. Understanding Dysgraphia

Read or listen to these powerful books and websites (more on Favorite Books page):

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss Headstrong Nation

        1. Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

        2. The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock Eide, M.A, M.D. & Fernette Brock, M.D. Dyslexic Advantage

        3. The Dyslexia Checklist by Sandra F. Rief and Judith Stern

  1. Thinking Differently by David Flink www.eyetoeyenational.org

Learning Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole


Parent support and site for testing:









Articles to improve reading comprehension, memory, handwriting, homework:


Hettie received her B.S. Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University in 1970 and her M.A. from the University of Montevallo in 1972, both in speech-language pathology. She was a trainee at Duke University and at the Birmingham, AL Veteran's Administration Hospital during her graduate training. She scored in the top one percent nationally on the speech-language pathology certification exam.  She has been on the faculty of three university speech-language pathology programs (University of Montevallo, University of Alabama-Gadsden, and the University of South Alabama) as well as in private and public school settings, hospitals, nursing homes and home health care; she has primarily been in private practice since 1974. She is an active member of Hunter Street Baptist Church www.hunterstreet.org, where she has taught English as a Second Language and sings in the choir.

She published “Teaching Chaining to Unintelligible Children” in Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, describing an original approach for severe intelligibility and language disorders. She developed the Amygdala SPA strategies to reduce brain shut-down which she presented at the British Dyslexia Association as well as at state and regional conferences in the US. She has also spoken at annual conferences of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama, the Georgia and Alabama Branches of the IDA and the South-East Regional IDA conference as well as at numerous regional and local association meetings and inservice training programs.  She served three terms as Secretary of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama, has been President of the Mobile Area Speech and Hearing organization, served two terms as Vice-President of the Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ALIDA) and is currently a board member of ALIDA . She co-founded the Dyslexia Education Group of Central Alabama. You can see Hettie on her YouTube channel,sharing strategies to improve school and life success. - Go to YouTube and search for hettiepjohnson.

She has been on staff at the Alabama Scottish Rite Learning Centers, providing dyslexia evaluations and intervention planning. She specializes in dyslexia and has special interests in teaching learning strategies that apply across the curriculum and across the lifespan, considering the whole child, improving unintelligible speech, and improving social skills in her students. She has earned numerous Awards for Continuing Education (ACE) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for outstanding continuing education achievement. 



3 Magic Keys for More Success with Less Stress Parts 1 and 2


Google Alabama Dyslexia Resource Guide for helpful and encouraging links and information. There are also many helpful videos in the Appendix. https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ari/Dyslexia/Dyslexia%20Resource%20Guide%20Draft%209-1-15_AppendK%20explan-vers.pdf