Dyslexia is a neurologically-based, often familial, disorder that interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. Varying in degrees of severity, it is manifested by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing, in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic.


Dyslexia is not the result of lack of motivation, sensory impairment, inadequate instructional or environmental opportunities, or other limiting conditions, but may occur together with these conditions. Although dyslexia is lifelong, individuals with dyslexia frequently respond successfully to timely and appropriate intervention

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Dyslexia Services

Dyslexia Screening and consultation
Comprehensive evaluation to determine whether dyslexia exists and to what degree.  It takes more than just test scores to accurately determine if a child has dyslexia. We look at the entire child – their genetic, developmental, and educational history; every prior testing report; their current strengths and weaknesses; and the results from 9 screening tools.  Parents will receive a detailed report and consultation that will give insight into their child’s unique gifts and learning differences.  Suggested modifications and a diagnostic plan will be included in this report.

Dyslexia tutoring
One-on-one dyslexia tutoring using the Barton Reading and Spelling System. The Barton Reading & Spelling System® is: Research based. The Orton-Gillingham approach is simultaneously multisensory.
An explicit and systematic phonics program is based on teaching students to learn to spell by sounding out words rather than memorizing a sequence of letters.

What are some characteristics of dyslexia?


CHALLENGES

  • poor spelling
  • skips words and lines in text when reading aloud
  • mixes up sounds and mispronounces words in speech
  • ignores punctuation
  • lacks expression when reading aloud
  • has difficulty with reading comprehension
  • slow to copy from the board and doesn’t copy accurately
  • difficulty in rhyming words
  • confuses left and right
  • difficulty with multiple-step instructions


 STRENGTHS

  • athletic ability
  • creative arts (music, drama)
  • often popular with peers
  • fantastic at organizing people; takes the lead in games
  • mechanically inclined; can take things apart and put them together
  • great dexterity
  • good verbal skills
  • incredibly inquisitive
  • big picture, strategic thinker