Dyslexia Affects Kids

We evaluate children for dyslexia, dysgraphia, math learning disabilities, processing disorders, ADHD/ ADD, emotional concerns and more.  We use neuropsychological tests to help you identify what’s causing your child to struggle and the best steps to take to help.

Children with dyslexia can read some but they may not read great or enjoy reading.  Warning signs of dyslexia in elementary students include: slow choppy reading, difficulty remembering the sounds of words, difficulty sounding out words, and poor spelling in everyday writing.  When reading you may tell your child a word only to have your child not recognize the same word on the next line.

Warning signs of dyslexia in older students include: difficulty remembering what was read, slow reading, difficulty telling important information from unimportant details, and spells poorly.  These warning signs do not go away and often get worse with age.  Children as young as age 5 ½ can be evaluated for dyslexia.

Once you know your child has dyslexia you can start providing the best type of teaching.  Children with dyslexia need a reading curriculum specifically for individuals with dyslexia based on multisensory teaching principles of Orton and Gillingham.  Simple “extra practice and more repetition” will not sufficiently help your child.  You may see short term gains but no long term solution.

Unfortunately, most public school teachers are not certified in an Orton-Gillingham based reading program. Some will use Orton-Gillingham based materials but may not use them with fidelity.  If your child has dyslexia or severe reading difficulty your child should use the Barton Reading and Spelling System or the Wilson Reading System.  Tell your child’s teacher this and visit the website www.BartonReading.com for information.  You can also call me for more information.

Dr. Forgan is a licensed school psychologist and can evaluate your child for ADHD, dyslexia, and other associated learning problems.