1. What is dyslexia and how do I know if my child or someone else has dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a condition that affects millions of people, and a simple dyslexia definition may be termed as “difficulty with words.”
The National Institute of Health, in its research dyslexia definition, defined dyslexia as specific learning disability which was neurological in its origin.
Dyslexics experience difficulties with fluent and accurate word recognition and poor decoding and spelling abilities.
The difficulties described result from problems with the phonological aspect of language which is often unrelated to the person’s other cognitive abilities and may be overcome by effective intervention.
Other secondary effects may result in problems with reading comprehension and lowered reading experience which can interfere with the growth of a student’s vocabulary and acquisition of background knowledge.
2. Does my child need to be diagnosed with dyslexia to attend the Reading Writing Connection?
3. Do you require an assessment?
Yes. We provide a language assessment to determine your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses. Your child my read adequately but struggle in spelling. This would determine your child’s specific instruction to best fit his needs.
4. Will my insurance pay for this instruction?
Unfortunately most insurers do not cover the cost of instruction. Each plan is different and you will want to contact your insurance provider.
This instruction may be paid through your Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Many employers provide FSA’s and you should check with your employer regarding the availability of such an account.
5. What happens during a tutoring session?
The rules of the English language are taught systematically and explicitly via one-on-one multi-sensory instruction. This method (Orton Gillingham method) is a proven approach linking the visual, auditory and tactile (touch) senses. The student is actively involved in the process and never “talked to”. This form of instruction is beneficial to all students, but is a necessity for the child with a reading disablity.
6. What is early intervention
Early intervention is the philosophy that reading failure caused by dyslexia is highly preventable in young children. The National Institute for Health found that dyslexia is identifiable, with 92% accuracy, at ages 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 of age. The most effective remediation is through direct, explicit, mutli-sensory instruction in phonemic awareness at a young age.
7. Is my child (or am I) too old to learn to read better?
Absolutely not! We have worked with students of all ages and made incredible progress in their reading abilities. Although early intervention is best, it is NEVER too late to learn.
8. Why do students love to come the Reading Writing Connection?
Children (and parents) are often relieved to learn that there is a symstem to help them learn to read and write better. We offer encouragement and praise for their hard work. As students begin to see results their self-esteem improves.