Look dyslexia up in any dictionary and you will find that it means “difficulty with reading.” You knew your child had difficulty with reading before the diagnosis.
The diagnosis of dyslexia is given for a set of symptoms that are usually numerous and/or severe. The school is not equipped to help severe reading difficulties and so this diagnosis qualifies the child for a modified program or an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). Not only are these children missing out on learning to read but also on a full education. This saddens me because scientists who study reading problems have determined that all people can learn to read with the correct reading instruction program or by having certain cognitive abilities trained.
Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties
Reading is not a born ability. Most people did not read at all until about 100 years ago with the introduction of public schools and mandatory education. Reading must be learned. Some people take to it more easily and some struggle with it, just like some people more easily take to mechanics, assembling Ikea furniture, or setting VCR clocks. Some people can easily figure out how to connect the new DVD, some will take days to get the thing working right, and others will completely give up and hire someone or get a friend to do it. The mechanics of reading are far more complicated than these tasks and require a specialist to help the child through the process.
There is so much brain research that has been done on why some people can’t easily learn to read but very little research into the teaching methods. Teachers are familiar with whole-language and phonics methods so those are what they purchase and so those are what the publishers produce. Our education system is caught in a loop.
At ALC we use a variety of programs to solve dyslexia / reading problems. Master the Code is a linguistic reading program (also known as synthetic phonics). Fast ForWord was developed by neuroscientists. It is game-like software that develops Learning MAPS (memory, attention, processing, sequencing), the foundational skills necessary for reading. And we use Reading Assistant voice-activated software that corrects a child’s reading without shame.
A diagnosis of dyslexia is not a death-sentence. But it won’t fix itself. All of our programs work on correcting the deficits that cause dyslexia, difficulty with reading. Go to our programs page to learn more.
Newspaper articles about our former students with dyslexia:
Call 604-539-1836 or 1-855-539-1386 to discuss your child and which programs would best resolve his or her specific difficulties.
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