Matthew had been diagnosed with dyslexia. This list of the Symptoms of Dyslexia fit him to a T.
The challenge is that the same symptoms describe a visual-spatial learner, who has both an attention and an eye-teaming issue.
With the dyslexia diagnosis, Matthew then went through $40k of Dyslexia Programs. One a very expensive Dyslexia Program and one a relatively inexpensive dyslexia program.
The seven big challenges included:
– He still did not understand the frequently used words (e.g. what, but, what, if, etc.)
– He still did not recognize words he has seen and not mastered
These two points need to be addressed before phonics will work
– He still skipped words and lines when reading
– He still had difficulty paying attention to that which is boring – as his attention issue was not addressed
– His reading comprehension was now 3 years below grade level
– Homework took too long and his parents were always reteaching what he should have learned in class
– Matthew’s self-esteem was lower than ever before and trending in the wrong direction.
There are three very different worlds:
– Those who see a struggling child and described the student by what they cannot do and label them with dyslexia
– Those who see a visual-spatial learner, realize the student needs a hands-on approach
– Those who see the whole visual-spatial learner and realize one needs to capitalize on the student’s strengths, identify and address the student’s challenges and help the parent to be the coach and advocate their child needs.
The vast majority of students we see who have been diagnosed with dyslexia are visual-spatial learners who often have an attention and/or an eye-teaming issue.
Here are two pages for more information. The first for students in 3rd grade or below and the second for students in 4th grade and above
Here you can gain access to our book “Success by 3rd Grade”, gain new insights into the risks and opportunities facing your child and gain a better understanding of how you can make the difference
Many dyslexia programs say it will take 1 to 3 years to get your child back to grade level. Our goal is to get students back to grade level in months and not years.