dmillerteach,Child Professional, School Administrator, Teacherwrites:
It is important to talk to your school about the "academic intervention services" they use to address your child's learning issues. Before retaining him, they should have proven documentation of different approaches they used to try to address his needs. If this has not been done, you can ask for it at the beginning of the year. If you feel like your child may have a learning disability, it may be worthwhile to request a screening now so that he starts off the year on the right foot. There may also be tutoring services in the school or neighborhood to help your child catch up. You should work together with the school to understand his homework and get him into the right study habits. Make sure he reads at least 30 minutes every night. Have a great school year!
Please consider that dyslexia is vastly over-diagnosed in American schools. Are we even sure it's real? The experts I trust say no. All the symptoms result from using sight-words to teach reading. Your child maybe a victim of this.
Google "Dyslexia, Disability, and Deception: What Five Experts Say."
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If it didn’t work last year, it isn’t going to work next year. Holding your child back will most likely not improve his/her learning. Many experts in the field of education feel that there is no such thing as a developmental lag. If a child is experiencing a problem in learning it is really important not to allow more time to pass before the appropriate help comes along.
When your child has difficulties learning to read, it could mean one of several things.
1. He/she has not or is not responding to the kind of instruction available
2. He/she has a learning disability
3. He/she is experiencing another kind of learning impairment, either cognitive or emotional
Sometimes the problem is a combination of the above listed items. If a child has a learning disability then he/she needs a proven intervention, one that is systematic, explicit, and intensive instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension strategies.
Keep in mind that if a reading problem is caught early and the child receives effective intervention, he/she can catch up. In contrast, a child who is delayed in receiving such instruction has great difficulty in closing that gap. It is so critical to identify a child’s reading problem before he/she fails.
You are best off, first finding the outside help your child needs. If your child has a learning difference such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder, and/or ADHD then it is extremely important that your child receive that outside help from an Educational Therapist or specialized tutor trained in Orton-Gillingham or other reputable reading programs. As long as you get this appropriate help, you should not retain your child and give him/her another year of something that didn’t work in the first place!