FAQs for Parents
Could it be Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is the most common reason a bright child struggles with reading, writing, and sometimes math. Dyslexic students struggle in one or more of the following areas: accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, reading comprehension, foreign language, and organizational skills. Click here to learn more.
What is the underlying problem?
Unfortunately, this question is often ignored or incorrectly addressed. Not a vision or a tracking problem, laziness, or lack of intelligence, dyslexia is characterized by weaknesses in phonological processing, accuracy, fluency and automaticity, and sometimes comprehension. Many students have not been exposed to the right type of reading instruction.
Should my child be evaluated?
Absolutely! Knowing your child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how he or she learns, is critical in creating the most effective educational plan to see your child reach his or her potential. If an older child is college bound, having a diagnosis that can insure extended time on college entrance exams.
What is the appropriate reading instruction for a child with dyslexia?
CLLC Director Dr. Lynne Fitzhugh answers this question for the International Dyslexia Association. To read more click here (reprinted with the permission of the International Dyslexia Association).
When should I schedule an evaluation?
As soon as possible! A diagnostic evaluation provides valuable information for instructional planning. 95% of young students at risk for reading problems will not struggle academically if we can identify them before 3rd grade. For a college-ready student, current documentation is necessary, along with evidence supporting the need for accommodations such as extended time.