Your Child will learn to read, write and spell...believe it....commit to it....and IT WILL HAPPEN.
I barely made it
through school. I read real slow. But I like to find things that nobody else
has found, like a dinosaur egg that has an embryo inside. Well, there are 36 of
them in the world, and I found 35. -- Dr. John R. Horner, American
We must accept finite
disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Children with dyslexia can be taught to read better,
but they learn in a different way so they must be taught using different
methods. Our understanding of dyslexia
has increased significantly over the past twenty years. Extensive research has revealed a number of
scientifically based approaches that help children and adults with dyslexia to
read better. There is hope and the
future is bright for improving the reading levels of individuals with dyslexia.
Traditional Methods of Teaching Reading
Traditional methods of teaching reading emphasize
learning the alphabet before learning to read.
This might be a good approach for non-dyslexic readers, but doesn’t work
for those with dyslexia. Individuals
with dyslexia will learn better if they are taught to read and spell as they
learn the alphabet using a slow, systematic, multi-sensory approach. Traditional methods teach reading assuming we
read from left to right. While words
follow each other from left to right, reading the words does not follow a
simple left to right reading of the letters.
Pairs of letters form sounds that must be mastered to read and there are
numerous exceptions that must be remembered.
Individuals with dyslexia are, in general, logical, unfortunately, the
English language is not. Traditional
approaches focus on teaching phonics in grades 1 and 2, after which children
are supposed to know how to read, so in grade 3 and beyond children read to
learn. Individuals with dyslexia take
longer to master the sounds, words and grammatical structure of sentences. So, the traditional approach doesn’t work for
students with dyslexia.
Free and Appropriate Public Education
The Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA), a Federal Law, guarantees children with learning
disabilities a “free and appropriate public education”. But dyslexic students need to be taught
differently. Teachers trained in
traditional methods of reading often lack the knowledge, skills, tools and
skills to vary the instructional content in a way that allows students with
learning disabilities to obtain the most from their regular education
classes. In other words, traditional
teachers frequently fail to provide learning disabled students with a free and
appropriate public education. As a
result, many learning disabled students struggle to keep up academically with
their peers who do not have learning disabilities. According to the U.S. Department of
Education, in 2005 – 2006, only 57% of students with learning disabilities
exited school with a regular high school diploma.
Scientifically Proven Methods of Teaching
Students with language based
learning disabilities, when properly taught, learn to read and are better able
to succeed in school. Scientifically
proven methods of teaching include Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell. Children with dyslexia can rise above their
circumstances and persevere when others would quit. Dyselxia builds strong people with character