When considering the estimates that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia and that there are successful teaching methods available for this population, one might wonder why our education system does not have standard practices to identify and help these students. In addition, with the new research suggesting that students with dyslexia also exhibit cognitive based strengths compared to those without dyslexia, perhaps one might consider it to be a learning difference and not a disability. Sadly, without a diagnosis in hand, our current education paradigm dooms these struggling learners to maintain the same ill-instruction.
With a Whole Classroom of Students, How Can I Help?
Have you ever come across a bright and creative student that is struggling in class? Reading is labored, decoding is difficult, spelling is poor, writing is challenging and their grades just don't reflect their abilities? Did you ever wonder whether he or she may have dyslexia? With a large classroom of students, it can feel overwhelming to assess and address the needs of a single student. However, you can help all your students receive the needed attention and accommodations so that they can reach their true potential.
What are the steps?
- Use the free Comprehensive Dyslexia Screener. This quick online screener can be online and will tell you whether there is enough symptomology to warrant formal testing.
- Upgrade and get a detailed report that reviews the specific type of dyslexia and remedial suggestions.
- Use our online dashboard to uncover reasonable accommodations, teacher recommendations and other teacher training tools.
- If needed ask the parents to request formal testing through the local school district for students 18 and under. For older individuals or testing outside the school system, local professionals can administer the needed tests. One place to find these experts is through the International Dyslexia Association provider directory. If the individual in question does not require educational or workplace accommodations of any kind, then the Good Sensory Learning Dyslexia Screener can be used as an informal evaluation.
- After a formal diagnosis has been made and properly documented, one may contact one's school or workplace and request a meeting to determine “reasonable accommodations.” Please note that the DSM-5, published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is the manual that is used to diagnose disabilities. It includes codes for all mental health disorders. At present, dyslexia falls under the category Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in reading.
Once Diagnosed, How Can I Help a Student with Dyslexia?
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Are There Other Screeners?
Yes, you can also get copies of my
- Executive Functioning Screener - CLICK HERE to learn more.
- Student Processing Inventory - CLICK HERE to learn more.
- Dysgraphia Screener - CLICK HERE to learn more.
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