“For about half of our nation’s children, learning to read is a ….challenge, and for 20%-30% of these, reading is one of the most difficult tasks they will ever have to master throughout their life.” Dr. Reid Lyon, Chief of Child Development, National Institutes of Health
Perhaps reading is difficult for your child, as he or she has tried to memorize words, guess from context clues or perhaps “read” the word based upon the first letter. Despite good instruction they have not been taught the sound to symbol connection in a way their good brain understands. These struggling students may be referred to as delayed readers, learning disabled, or dyslexic. The inaccuracies they have with reading, spelling, and written expression interferes with their academic progression. They struggle with both learning from the printed language and communicating through the printed language. We specialize in providing instruction and education concerning the “learning different student.”
Brief description of our assessment process…
Our assessment includes two parts: information gained from the child and clarification of the results with the parent.
The benchmark given to the child/teen is research based and developed through Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. This part of the assessment includes decoding, spelling, handwriting, and alphabet skills.
Also included in the assessment are:
- phonological skills
- age appropriate screenings may also be included (i.e. pre-literacy skills, written expression)
Our assessments are a beginning point for parents in understanding why their bright, intelligent child is below grade level or is struggling with the printed language.
The assessment consists of an hour or so spent with the child to determine if there are any specific weak reading, writing, or spelling skills. If weak skills are discovered, we begin to put the ‘puzzle pieces’ together with the parent.
A plan is developed to improve their son or daughter’s ability to demonstrate their intellect through the printed word and the educational environment. Recommendations are made for referrals, resources, and specific explicit instructional programs that will be beneficial for the parent as they continue their journey to become competent champions/advocates for their child.