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Ask Reading Kingdom:My child who has serious reading problems is in fourth grade. The school thinks he may have dyslexia. Where should I send him to school?

Your question implies that you are in the fortunate situation of having the option of placing your child in a choice of schools. If that is the case, there are many advantages in having them attend a school that specializes in teaching children with learning disabilities. It is, of course, essential to check out the school (e.g., by visiting it,…

Ask Reading Kingdom:What type of reading program works best for a student with dyslexia?

Although there are dozens of reading programs, eachstate sets out standards that determine whether a program is accepted in the state.  Almost all programs that have been accepted are based on the recommendations of the National Reading Panel which first appeared in 2000 and the Common Core State Standards. These contain a heavy emphasis on phonics and phonics related activities….

Ask Reading Kingdom: Should I tell my child that he/she is dyslexic? I don’t want to label him/her.

The answer to this question depends a lot on your child and what you feel will be his or her reaction. At the same time, keep in mind, any child diagnosed with dyslexia knows that he or she is having trouble with reading. That trouble is usually accompanied not only by grief and pain, but also by self- doubt. The…

Ask Reading Kingdom: Are there degrees of dyslexia? Is it tied to effort or intelligence?

All behaviors occur on a continuum. This holds whether the problems are in vision, hearing, attention and on and on. So it is only reasonable to expect that reading problems, whether grounded in dyslexia or not, should occur in varying degrees. And that is what they do. The good news is that with effective remediation, improvement is possible with almost…

Ask Reading Kingdom:My school has done testing and has told us that our daughter is dyslexic. Do I still need to get a professional diagnosis of dyslexia?

This is a very important question that often does not receive the analysis that it merits. Currently, because of the enormously high reading failure rate in the United States, we are being told, even by highly respected professionals, that up to 20%-30% of the population is dyslexic.  Dyslexia is a brain disorder. In the absence of extreme environmental conditions (e.g.,…

Ask Reading Kingdom:My son is in kindergarten and I am concerned that he may have difficulty learning how to read. He can’t seem to learn his letters and he resists having books read to him. I’m concerned he may have dyslexia or another issue. What can I do in this situation?

Whenever you suspect there’s a problem, it’s always a good first step to rule out physical difficulties such as hearing and vision problems. Your can do this through your health care provider and/or your child’s school. If you find that all is well in that domain, the next step would be to work with your local school district to determine…