Definition of Dyslexia
Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Many parents are unable to find effective instruction to meet the educational needs of their children. This situation is especially true for reading instruction.
That is, most public school teachers are not trained in the scientifically based approaches that are effective for a child with dyslexia. The following guidelines will help you know what to ask and how to find and evaluate an educational professional independent of the school.
This is especially necessary if you feel that your child is not receiving adequate instructional services from a qualified teacher within the school.
How do I know if a professional is reputable or qualified?
Evaluating the qualifications and track records of service providers is difficult but necessary. Inquire about educational background, previous work experience, and special training in instructional approaches designed to address the needs of students with dyslexia.