Hi all! So, today we are going to continue our discussion on Dyslexia. We have discussed what Dyslexia is and how it is diagnosed (if you missed it, click here to catch yourself up!) Today, we will be talking about what happens after the diagnosis?
So, your child has received a diagnosis of Dyslexia. The question is now- how do we “treat” it? Well, unfortunately there is no pill to swallow that provides a cure. However, with the right type of intervention those with Dyslexia can make huge gains in the areas of reading, spelling, writing, and language.
Now, you’re probably asking yourself these questions: “Where do I go for the right type of intervention? How do I know the proposed program is going to work for MY child?” While there is no one specific program identified as the “gold standard” for teaching students to read, all programs should fit within several guidelines and be provided at an appropriate frequency and duration.
We here at Hyperion follow the guidelines set by The International Dyslexia Association which supports a “structured literacy approach”. A structured literacy approach stresses that it is important the student receives systematic (logical order: easiest to hardest), direct (student/teacher interaction), and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, sight words and comprehension and also receives practice in these skills in order to develop fluency (Shaywitz, 2003). Unless testing showed that the student had average skills in one (or more) of those areas, it should be worked on during intervention.
In addition to these guidelines, there is a consensus that instruction be multisensory which means that the student is given visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learning opportunities. By using multisensory techniques catered to each individual child, there is a much greater understanding of concepts.
We know that finding support and interventions for your child can be scary and overwhelming, but remember that we are here to help!