So you are new to the world of Dyslexia. Are you overwhelmed? Don't know where to start? We can help get there. So grab a glass of wine or beer and let's do this!
My name is Hilary. I am a mom to a child who has severe Dyslexia. I've been in this world for about 10 years now.
Dyslexia is such a big word. It is ironic that a word about a language processing issue is such an unusual word.
Usually, you find out your child is diagnosed with Dyslexia from a neuropsychologist, child psychologist, developmental pediatrician or speech-language pathologist. Or in the alternative, you found out your child has been identified with a disability and is eligible for special education services under an eligibility category from IDEA under Specific Learning Disability.
What if your child has more than one label or diagnosis. Don't worry that is VERY common in the world of Dyslexia. Once you have the labels it won't be necessary to keep saying them unless you are trying to get more services or support.
There is a lot of bad information and myths surrounding Dyslexia. There is NOT a ceiling to your Dyslexic's capacity. Guess what? There are lot of highly successful people all over the world who are Dyslexic.
To name a few:
Whoopi Goldberg, Governor Gavin Newson, Steve Jobs, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, and even Charles Schwab.
Dyslexia is NOT just a READING issue. It is a language processing issue. It can affect reading, writing, spelling and math.
If you can afford private tutoring that is your best chance to remediate Dyslexia. It WILL NOT be done overnight. It takes on average. 1.5 years to 2 years at a bare minimum 2 hours one on one to remediate the Dyslexia. It can take even longer. It depends on the severity of the Dyslexia and the program you choose to use. It also depends on what other things your neurodiverse kid might have on their plate. It is not uncommon to hear of kids who get 4 hours of tutoring a week between school and private tutoring.
Here are some of the Professional Groups that Certify Tutors:
ACADEMY OF ORTON-GILLINGHAM PRACTITIONERS AND EDUCATORS
International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council
Academic Language Therapy Association
Click here to find the link to the local Decoding Dyslexia Groups:
Buy Overcoming Dyslexia,this is one of the best books written on Dyslexia.
I have listed some of the bigger states. A simple google search for "your state Parent Rights" and "your state special education" should find your state's information.
In your state Department of Education or Educational Authority lookup:
1. Eligibility Categories
2. Parent Rights
4. Handbook (many states have a Dyslexia Handbook)