Treating Dyslexia

Research Shows that Early Intervention is Most Successful

The younger a child is when an intervention is introduced the more likely it will be successful. Some school systems have screening programs starting in first grade to find at risk children. Those who are at risk are separated out for intensified instruction.

Unfortunately those that truly have dyslexia may not be identified for several years wasting precious time.

Dealing with Dyslexia is Tricky with Definite Do’s and Dont’s

Recognize that dyslexia is fundamentally a brain-based issue with attaching sounds to letters and words. Because of this traditional phonics-based techniques may not work well with a dyslexic child. With phonics a child is being instructed at an inherent weakness.

  • Try phonics first
  • If your child struggles with phonics don’t push it too hard
  • Pushing too hard with phonics can lead to resistance and frustration
  • Consider instruction that is not phonics-based
  • Our Skill Builder Exercises are an example that is not phonics-based
  • Whatever you are doing if it is not working try something different

Try the Free Dyslexia Screening from Reading Success Lab

The Reading Success Lab Skill Builder Interventions

These exercises are not phonics-based. They promote sight recognition of words and math facts circumventing the issues that often block a dyslexia reader from learning to read.

  • A set of words or math facts at a level of difficulty appropriate is selected
  • The child works with the set repeatedly until mastered
  • A session with the set should take 10-20 minutes
  • There should be 4 or more sessions per week.
  • After each session a report displays showing improvements in speed and accuracy
  • Once the child masters a set they move on to the next

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