For Smart Struggling Students with Dyslexia, Set BOLD Reading Speed and Reading Comprehension Goals
10 Things Parents need to know to help a struggling reader is an interesting article on the Yale Center on Dyslexia and Creativity website.
We would definitely agree with focusing on your child’s strengths and interests, not worrying about spelling and focusing on successes and not setbacks.
There are two areas where we differ for the smart child with dyslexia. They are:
- Whether it is right to set BOLD Goals, or if one should set realistic goals for a smart dyslexic child
- Whether it is right to set BOLD Goals for a dyslexic child who reads slowly, or is it just a fact of life.
We recognize that students with dyslexia may have average, above average or gifted IQs. We also recognize, depending on the definition of dyslexia, that a dyslexic child may have below average or even well below average IQs. For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing the dyslexic children with average, above average or even gifted IQs.
Let’s take the case of Jennifer. A student with dyslexia who was entering 5th grade with a 1.0 reading comprehension level and a reading speed of 115 words per minute.
Jennifer had been through several dyslexia treatments, including one dyslexia treatment that had cost $34,000, but still …
Jennifer was 3 years below grade level and her reading speed was slow.
We set the goal to get her back to grade level in 4 months and to improve her reading speed from 115 words per minute to 180 words per minute.
Jennifer made solid progress and after four months, she had improved her reading comprehension to the 4th grade level and her reading speed to 185 words per minute.
We had not failed, we just realized it would take 2 to 3 months longer to achieve grade level performance.
With hard word, Jennifer did achieve grade level performance after 6 months and she improved her reading speed to 229 words per minute.
We did use Reading Plus ® software, we did improve Jennifer’s eye scanning skills and Jennifer and her mom did work hard.
Some people say that:
- It takes 1 to 3 years to get a child with dyslexia back to grade level
- Not everyone can achieve these goals
- It was the combination of a solid program with committed parents and a smart kid that helped too
Based on hundreds of students with dyslexia, we would say the 1 to 3 years comment is true for most dyslexia treatments, because they work on a small number of skills and do not always address the attention, eye teaming and reading speed components.
No one bats 100%, but this can happen with most smart students with dyslexia.
Programs that rely on parent commitment work far better with committed parents. At 3D Learner, we know that smart students with dyslexia and a committed parents can go from Stress to Success in Months, NOT Years.
If you have a smart child with dyslexia and you are a committed parent, go to the 3D Learner Dyslexia Page to Learn more.