Does your child struggle with reading? Is spelling a challenge for them during writing? Have you tried tutoring and reading more with your child and not seen progress? Maybe you have a gut feeling that there is something different about the way your child needs to learn to read. Perhaps your child has dyslexia.

Perhaps you have heard of the learning disability called Dyslexia. It is one of the most common learning disabilities affecting a person’s ability to read and spell. Dyslexia affects about 20% of the population. These learners make up about 80% of the population of those receiving serves at schools. 

Dyslexia is a  learning disorder that is rooted in the brain’s ability to understand and express language. In the book The Dyslexic Advantage, the authors give a better picture of what dyslexia is by explaining it is more about how the brain is processing and organizing information. 

It is essential to understand how a dyslexic’s brain is processing information in order to support the best learning environment. I know that it can be difficult to see your child struggle with learning. I have good news, there is hope for your child! 

Dyslexia and the best practices for teaching language skills have been thoroughly researched. It has been found that reading and spelling need to be taught using an Orton-Gillingham-based program.

Remediation for dyslexia should have the following:

  • Instruction needs to be explicit. The way a person with dyslexia’s brain is wired does not just pick up on language skills. For example, when to use ch or tch needs to be specifically taught in order for them to apply it in reading and spelling. 
  • Instruction needs to be systematic. The learning needs to go in order and not be sporadic. It is also important that it is being delivered for mastery instead of moving on quickly to the next skill. If they move quickly and not for mastery they will struggle to apply 
  • Instruction needs to be multi-sensory. It is important to utilize visual, auditory, and tactile while giving language instructions. When we use different senses at the same time we are lighting up more pathways in the brain to get the information to the right place. 
  • Instruction needs to be integrative. It is important that connections are being made outside of the lessons or the therapy session. Also, making connections between academic concepts.

If you are concerned about your child’s academic progress, specifically in reading and writing, but are unsure of the next steps let’s connect. I would love to hear more about your child and help you get connected to the right pathway for success.

Here are a few books I recommend to parents who are wanting to learn more about dyslexia.