6 Reasons Why Waiting to Test Your Child for Dyslexia Will Cost You More In the End
Moms and dads, trust your intuition. If you have been thinking about getting your child tested for dyslexia, just do it. The peace of mind you will have after the testing is worth every penny of the testing cost.
Here are 6 reasons why waiting to test your child for dyslexia will cost you more in the end.
1. The longer you wait, the more hours of tutoring that will be needed. This is going to cost you more money because tutoring is typically $65/hour and up.
2. Waiting to get the right type of reading instruction increases the chance that your child will never catch up. The gap between your child and his/her peers will widen.
3. There is a greater risk of loss of self-esteem as your child fails for a longer period. We can make accommodations for academic weaknesses much easier than trying to fix a child’s self-esteem.
4. The longer he/she struggles to learn to read, the more likely he/she will never love reading. I’ve worked with many families of boys and girls where the kids don’t love reading and will not read for pleasure. These kids are missing out on one of life’s greatest joys.
5. The child’s vocabulary will end up smaller than peers because he/she is not reading as many books and words as their peers. This becomes a disadvantage when your child is trying to write descriptive essays. His/her vocabulary weakness becomes a huge issue when it’s time to take the SAT or ACT.
6. If your child is not a proficient reader then by the fourth grade his/her grades will be much lower and your child won’t be working to his/her potential.
In addition to being a private practice school psychologist, I am also a dyslexia testing specialist and have completed specific training in how to test and teach children with dyslexia. Additionally, I have a child with dyslexia and have helped him overcome dyslexia. If you need dyslexia help in the Palm Beach, Jupiter, Stuart, or anywhere in Florida, contact me. The truth is that public schools usually do not test for dyslexia nor do most provide the type of dyslexia teaching that will help your child overcome dyslexia. As I stated at the beginning, trust your intuition! If you have been concerned that your child might have dyslexia, get it checked out. The longer you put off testing, the more it will cost you in the end. It probably does not cost as much as you think so call Dr. Forgan for details and payment options.