In a recent post, a few popular dyslexia treatments were discussed, among them phonics training, the Slingerland Method, and vestibular training like the Learning Breakthrough Program. However, there are also many school-based dyslexia treatments of which parents should be aware in order to maximize their child’s chances for educational success.
There is no drug treatment that helps diminish symptoms of dyslexia. It is a chronic disorder that will remain with your child throughout his or her life. But parents who educate themselves about dyslexia and use that information to advocate on their child’s behalf will ensure that their child has the greatest opportunity for success. Early recognition is key to helping reduce the impact of dyslexia on your child, so if you have even the slightest concern that your child has dyslexia, have them evaluated by a trained clinician.
If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia and is at least three years of age, federal law requires that your child’s school develop an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. An IEP outlines the school-based dyslexia treatments and accommodations your child will receive. The IEP will include the characteristics of your child’s specific disability, accommodations that are available for your child (such as a scribe to write down his or her test answers, more time to complete assignments, or the option to present work orally rather than in written form), learning goals and objectives your child should achieve, and methods his or her teachers can use to help your child in class.
An IEP is not a static document, rather, it is reviewed at least once a year, with input from you, your child, your child’s teachers, school counselors, special education personnel and other stakeholders who are involved in your child’s educational process. As your child progresses through school, meets his or her educational goals, and improves in his or her abilities, the goals, outcomes and accommodations can be changed. Once your child reaches high school, goals for the future, such as education, employment, and independent living are required to be included in the IEP. Oftentimes, vocational rehabilitation or other social service organizations will be brought in to offer assistance in helping your child transition from high school into higher education or the workplace.
School-based dyslexia treatments also include a variety of educational tools and methods to be used in the classroom. Teachers can engage your child in phonics training to help your child understand the connection between letters and their sounds. Guided oral reading is also highly beneficial, as your child can get feedback from his or her teacher as they read, while also practicing their ability to read aloud in a fluent manner. Oftentimes a teacher’s aide will be made available to assist your child with these and other treatments and accommodations.
Although dyslexia is an incurable disorder, there are many strategies schools can employ in order to help your child overcome their symptoms. Your child will likely always have difficulty reading and will have to put forth extra effort in order to read at grade level, however, taking advantage of school-based dyslexia treatments will improve your child’s success in school and prepare them for reading as effectively as they can. For more information about dyslexia and dyslexia treatments, visit https://learningbreakthrough.com/specific-challenges/dyslexia-reading-challenges.