Dyslexia Frequently Asked Questions
What support will I be expected to give my child?
You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from the sessions and we ask the parents to make this a priority. There is a 90% attendance policy.
You will be involved in practicing skills and reading to your child at home.
How is my child’s progress monitored?
Observation checklists are sent home periodically and require a parents signature. The children are assessed prior to treatment, after 50-56 lessons are completed, and at the end of their second year in the program.
The tutors take diagnostic notes during the lesson and use this information to individualize the next lesson based on needs of the child.
Dyslexia Research Findings
- Despite popular belief, dyslexics do not see letters backwards. They often have difficulty naming and writing letters, and in fact, writing letters backwards is something that many kids do when they’re first learning to write, whether they have dyslexia or not.
- Many individuals with dyslexia have proven to see things in three dimensions, which can effect how they look at words.
- Often dyslexics are thought to be reading backwards because of what is called the “Recency Effect.” In which they pronounce the word using the most recent sound first, like “tap” for “pat.”
- Research has shown strong correlations between dyslexia symptoms and deficits in short-term memory and executive functioning.
- Dyslexia is not a deficit in the visual processing system; however, it is a language-processing problem. The hallmark characteristic of dyslexia is a breakdown in what is called phoneme awareness.
- Yale researchers have shown when people with dyslexia try to read the front part of the brain is over-stimulated while crucial portions in the center and back are under-stimulated.