October: Dyslexia Awareness Month

by | October 17, 2018

National Dyslexia Awareness Month was created by The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and takes place over the entire month of October each year.  The goal is to help people understand what dyslexia really is.  There are many misconceptions and myths so we will help sort through all of that here. This handbook from IDA has a lot of helpful information : IDA handbook

UNDERSTAND

Dyslexia: Beyond Reversals Langsford event

Seeing letters and words backwards is dyslexia, right? Wrong! In a recent presentation, Stephen McCrocklin, Langsford’s Executive Director, dispelled that long-held belief.

What Dyslexia is Langsford Facebook Live

Keith Keiser of Fox in the Morning interviews Executive Director Stephen McCrocklin about dyslexia in this Facebook live video.

Learn more about Dyslexia and how to address it Langsford Website

This is a link to our Dyslexia resources.  It brings light to the scientific communities’ current understanding of dyslexia and the myths that persist today.

 

 

 

Overcoming Dyslexia, Sally Shaywitz M.D. Amazon.com

This book provides a comprehensive view of dyslexia.

EVALUATE

Is it Dyslexia? There are reading difficulties that cannot be boxed into a definition of dyslexia.  An important outcome of a comprehensive reading evaluation is to identify where the breakdown is occurring.

Choosing the appropriate evaluation depends on your goals.

School-based Evaluations: Most families rely on their school system to evaluate and provide reading support services.  School resources, however, are limited and evaluations are completed only when a learning disability is suspected.

Outside School Evaluations: Some families seek evaluations outside of school for various reasons.

The most common are:

– the school declines a request for an evaluation
– the parent desires a 3rd party evaluation
– the parent believes reading support services are absolutely necessary and the timeframe available from the school is not acceptable – it may take as long as 6 months.

Early detection of dyslexia is essential!  A child’s self-esteem can be boosted by helping them understand that they are not less intelligent than other children and that steps can be taken to improve their reading.  Success in school is a real possibility.

Here is more information about Langsford’s evaluation for dyslexia

PLAN OF ACTION: The Langsford Approach

If you have concerns about your child’s reading development and suspect dyslexia, we can help!

Targeted Instruction- Having uncovered the root cause of the difficulty, we target our instruction to strengthen the processes necessary for successful reading.

Research-Validated Approaches- Langsford’s instruction uses the Scientifically Based Reading Research approaches in one-to-one sessions

The good news is a person with dyslexia can discover the joy of reading!

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