Dyslexia Testing in Jupiter- Palm Beach
Dyslexia is a language disorder that is neurological in origin and often hereditary. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 15-20% of school age children have dyslexia. This means in a class of 25 children as many as 5 children could have dyslexia. It is the number one type of learning disability served in public schools. Children with dyslexia have difficulty with reading and spelling. Unfortunately, most teachers and reading specialist have not been trained in the most effective methods that children with dyslexia need in order to be successful readers and spellers. If you think your child is dyslexic, get him or her evaluated as soon as possible so you can begin the most effective remediation program. According to dyslexia expert Susan Barton, programs that don’t work well for children with dyslexia include: Hooked on Phonics, the Phonics Game, Reading Recovery, Accelerated Reader, Reading Recovery, and most commercial learning chains.
What Works for Teaching Kids With Dyslexia?
Scientific, independent, replicated reading research supports the reading programs based on Orton-Gillingham sequence and methodology. Dr. Sam Orton and Anna Gillingham developed a unique method and sequence to significantly improve the reading and spelling skills of children and adults with dyslexia during the 1930’s. Orton-Gillingham programs are “best practices” when teaching reading to students with dyslexia. An Orton Gillingham based reading system is simultaneously multisensory, systematic, and cumulative with direct and explicit instruction in phonics. This type of program shows how reading and spelling are related and provide intense practice for a child with dyslexia.
One-on-one tutoring using Orton-Gillingham methodology is the gold standard for dyslexic reading instruction. The benefits of this type of tutoring are supported by research. Consider the evaluation and tutoring the best investment you can make for the future success of your child. Their self-esteem will rise along with their academics. For a list of tutors using Orton-Gillingham methods, call me.
Dr. Forgan’s Experiences with Dyslexia
My child has used this type of teaching and overcome dyslexia so I know first hand how well this method works. Some folks try this method and don’t get the results they hoped for. When this happens I often ask three things. First, was it the right match between the tutor and child. Second, was the tutor ‘certified’ by the training program that they were using? Third, did they stick with it for up to 36 months? Usually if there was a problem it was in one of those three areas.
I am a certified dyslexia testing specialist located in Jupiter, Florida (West Palm Beach area for anyone reading this out of town) and I can test your child for dyslexia. Dyslexia testing is a four hour process that is completed in two, two hour sessions. Use my contact form or call me so I can help you determine if your child has dyslexia and how to help him or her overcome it. I can also help you find a dyslexia tutor or dyslexia school in the West Palm Beach area.