Children with dyslexia think they are stupid because they struggle with reading and writing. But, they have at least average or above average intelligence.
Kids with memory problems, time management issues, trouble following directions and keeping track of things may be misdiagnosed with an attention deficit disorder.
Those with dyslexia have problems with depth perception, left-right orientation and find it difficult to master the sounds of language.
The 3 types of dyslexia are:
- Dysphonetic: have trouble with the sound-symbol association, commonly referred to as phonemic competence or phonics. Those with dyslexia don't always remember the sound that /th/ or /r/ makes.
- Dyseidetic: this is more of the visual-perceptual component where there are disturbances in correctly interpreting or remembering visual information. These students typically struggle with developing a sight word vocabulary whereby they quickly and accurately recognize words.
- Dysphonetic-dyseidetic: is a combination of both types of dyslexia. Those with this type frequently are left illiterate throughout their lives resulting in devastating economic, social, behavioral and financial consequences.
I believe this description will help you to appreciate the serious nature of dyslexia. Dyslexia continues throughout life, is not curable, but it is treatable.
In my many years of experience (OK, it's decades), I have found that school districts do not acknowledge that dyslexia is a real problem. I hear comments such as, "We regard it as a reading problem".
Your child, purely and simply, is not going to make progress with a school-based program alone. School-based support programs help kids to improve their grades, but they do not address the underlying problems. Your child may only appear to be making progress, but that is not the reality.
Special programs such as Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes can enhance your child’s reading speed, comprehension, spelling and writing. Language therapy improves vocabulary and memory. Get a comprehensive assessment and develop a plan for success.
These services are expensive--a private, diagnostic assessment and Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes support are thousands and thousands of dollars. You can accomplish your goals if you connect with a special education attorney who can direct you to clinicians who know how to conduct the assessment and then, pursue the district for the remedies. Many special education attorneys work on retainers. Go to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates for resources.
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