Online Dyslexia Instruction

Kids with dyslexia can become confident readers.

Learning to read should be a blast. But for kids who learn differently, like those with dyslexia, the process is frustrating and exhausting—and as a parent, watching your child struggle is heartbreaking.

If you suspect your child might have dyslexia, it’s normal to feel worried. But here’s what we want you to know: Although kids don’t grow out of it, they can absolutely overcome it. With early intervention from compassionate, expert instructors, kids with dyslexia can become confident readers and enthusiastic learners.

Do you suspect your child has dyslexia?

Early identification and intervention is the key to overcoming dyslexia. If your child has any of these signs, a comprehensive assessment is their first step toward academic success.

  • Trouble learning common nursery rhymes, such as “Jack and Jill”
  • Doesn’t recognize rhyming patterns like cat, bat, rat
  • Mispronounces familiar words
  • Difficulty learning (and remembering) the names of letters in the alphabet
  • Family history of reading and/or spelling difficulties

list adapted from Sally E. Shaywitz and Bennett A. Shaywitz, Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

  • Doesn’t understand words come apart
  • Guesses at words rather than sounding them out—even simple words like cat, map, nap
  • May not easily associate letters with sounds, such as the letter b with the “b” sound
  • Makes reading errors with no connection to the sounds of the letters on the page—will say “puppy” instead of the written word “dog” on an illustrated page with a picture of a dog
  • Complains about how hard reading is or “disappears” when it’s time to read
  • History of reading problems in parents or siblings

list adapted from Sally E. Shaywitz and Bennett A. Shaywitz, Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

  • Slow to acquire reading skills
  • Reading is slow and awkward
  • Lacks fluency
  • Trouble reading unfamiliar words, often making wild guesses because they can’t sound out the word
  • Doesn’t seem to have a strategy for reading new words
  • Avoids reading out loud

list adapted from Sally E. Shaywitz and Bennett A. Shaywitz, Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

Dyslexia Testing

It’s important to understand there’s no single “dyslexia test.” As recommended by the International Dyslexia Association, we assess kids’ strengths and challenges in multiple areas—both academic achievement and critical underlying language skills.

Let’s de-mystify dyslexia.

Dyslexia Myths

Dyslexia causes people to see letters backwards.

Although people with dyslexia do have “subtle visual system differences,” that’s a consequence of dyslexia, not the cause of it.

Dyslexia is all about writing upside down or backwards.

Reversing letters isn’t necessarily a sign of dyslexia. In fact, it’s developmentally appropriate until age 7 or so.

Kids with dyslexia are lazy or unintelligent.

Kids with dyslexia work really hard to learn, and they often have strong listening comprehension and math skills.

People can outgrow dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a lifelong condition. Without early intervention, kids tend to have ongoing academic challenges.

People with dyslexia can’t read.

Learning to read can be more challenging for someone with dyslexia, but it’s by no means impossible.

Dyslexia Facts

Dyslexia isn’t a visual issue; it’s a language system issue.

People with dyslexia have trouble making the connection between written letters and the sounds those letters represent.

Dyslexia is all about the ability to decode (sound out) words.

Until they are taught to break the alphabetic code, people with dyslexia rely on memorizing and guessing words, rather than decoding them.

Building reading fluency is tougher for kids with dyslexia.

Without specialized fluency instruction reading aloud can be particularly stressful.

Overcoming dyslexia requires specific teaching methods.

Kids with dyslexia have to be taught differently because their brains work differently.

People with dyslexia can absolutely become confident readers!

The sooner kids get the help they need, the more confident and successful they become.

It’s easy to get your child with dyslexia the help they need.

Schedule an assessment.

Using IDA-recommended measurements, our team of experts will uncover your child’s unique strengths and challenges.

Get a customized plan.

We’ll answer all your questions, and your child will have a blast learning in our joyful, nurturing, online environment. 

Have a confident reader!

One-to-one instruction means your child gets the attention they need to become a confident reader & enthusiastic learner.

“There are no words to explain the level of gratitude my entire family holds for We Teach Reading and the work they did with our son. His teachers and counselors at school are now referring to We Teach Reading as miracle workers because they are so blown away by the immediate impact they had on our son. I would highly recommend We Teach Reading to any family who has a child struggling with Dyslexia. His confidence is back and he now loves to read! Homework is much less of a battle and his report cards are like night and day! Thank you for everything you have done for our family.”

We’ve been teaching kids with dyslexia since 1992.

If you think your child has dyslexia, come see us! We’ve helped thousands of kids overcome learning challenges, and we can help yours, too.

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