PARENTS: Make sure a licensed psychologist evaluates your child--
not some type of 'learning specialist.' Here's why.
Are You Concerned Because Your Child
Children with a learning disability may display many of
The Federal definition of learning disabilities is:
The term "specific learning disability" means a disorder in one or more of the
basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language,
spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen,
speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations. The term
includes such conditions as perceptual handicaps, brain injury, minimal brain
dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. The term does not
include children who have learning disabilities which are primarily the result
of visual, hearing, or motor handicaps, or mental retardation, or emotional
disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.
Scientific, independent, replicated reading research supports the reading programs based on Orton-Gillingham sequence and methodology. Dr. 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.
How is Dyslexia
Different from a LD?
(1) The child does not achieve commensurate with his
or her age and ability levels in one or more of the areas above when provided
with learning experiences appropriate for the child's age and ability levels;
and has a pattern of strengths and weaknesses documented in a psychoeducational
(2) The child has not made progress using a response
to intervention process.