Great article but it fails to mention that there is no public funding for help
for parents of dsylexic kids. I have 4 who either went through the system or are
going through the system and we just had to figure out stuff for our selves. We
would make suggestions to teachers but because dsylexica is not recognized, many
teachers won't go along with it. All the extra help stuff ends up coming
out of a parent's own pocket unless you can get them diagnosed under
somthing else. Yep the extra tutoring is great but when I last checked it was
$100/week/child for two sessions. We just had to figure out stuff for ourselves
and do our best.
Good article and yes, parents often must look outside the system for answers. A
parent might seek help from a dyslexia specialist or even get training
themselves. Information about what is needed to teach dyslexic students is
available on the website of the International Dyslexia Association. When
parents can't seem to find the answers in the public schools, it is all the
more reason to join the IDA and work toward recognition and change. We do know
how to help people with dyslexia learn to read, write and spell. There is no
excuse for allowing any child to grow up without learning these skills. There
are a multitude of programs and possibilities. Universities are waking up to the
need to train better reading specialists as evidenced by those whose programs
meet the Knowledge and Practice Standards of science based reading strategies.
This is dyslexia awareness month and we need to roll up our sleeves and get to
work. Dyslexia affects a significant portion of the population and now is the
time to affect change.