dyslexia?

Gina - posted on 06/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I suspect my 10 yr old has dyslexia. Where can I get him tested in Pgh, PA, how much will it cost, and where can I take him for help with his reading? He was tested with the school district NOT qualifying for a learning disability.(but still has very low coding and reading scores) Thank you!

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Bebe - posted on 07/11/2010

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Your public school will be very limited on the testing for dyslexia. I had my son tested in kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade. Their conclusion was learning disability. I knew it had to be more. (he also has epilepsy) I went to a psychologist that specializes in testing children for learning disabilities. The testing actually lasted several days. He was diagnosed with dyslexia, cognitive disorder (due to seizures early in life), as well as a form of ADD. The school testing found none of this! Dyslexia comes in many forms and you will need these tests in order to help your son. There are many programs that can help, and your doctor can refer you to them after a diagnosis. My son, also 10 years old, learns best from visual programs. (we use Time4Learning for practice) There are lots of books on tape and he will qualify to use these books, even get a player, from the Centers for the Blind and Dyslexic. It is free and the kids really enjoy these books on tape! Most dyslexic kids will read. It's just a different learning process. Good luck to you both. Much aloha...bebe ;)

Lisa - posted on 07/07/2010

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My father , my brother, many cousins and I all have Dyslexia. I was pretty sure my son was displaying issues with this when he was 3. I have had the school districts test him every 2 years. Finally, when he was in 1st grade the district admitted a delay. After they worked with him for a year and he was not showing much improvement, I moved back to the district that I went to school. I knew they had a good program that proved to be extremely helpful for me. My son who was flunking 1st grade, is now on honor roll in 7th grade.

I wish I could help you with more ideas. Just don't ever give up. I have 2 degree's, and my father, who did not get help has accomplished many things. Straight A's at MIT, Robotics engineer, built 3 houses, and worked at NASA for the Apollo projects in guidance control are just a short list.

DON'T GIVE UP! Your son is learning how to make his way through this challenge by watching you. He will also gain more confidence in himself by feeling your confidence in him during your struggles.

Good Luck
Lisa

Mary - posted on 07/06/2010

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talk to the school he fgo to. if they will help. or talk to you child doyor see if the can help. or call the mental health program in your area.

Maria - posted on 07/02/2010

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Have you tried a development vision screening? Sometimes that would help. Not a regular visit to an eye doctor, but to someone who can evaluate developmental vision.

Debbie - posted on 07/02/2010

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I am a dyslexia therapist in Texas. I taught in Pennsylvania for several years before I became a therapist. Most special education tests are not geared to identify dyslexia. He would need to be tested by a Certified Academic Language Therapist. There is not just one dyslexia test. It takes a battery of tests to determine if someone is dyslexic. I would suggest you search on-line for ALTA (Academic Language Therapists Association). You would be able to search for a therapist in your area who could advise you with testing and therapy, if your child qualifies. Good luck!

Rosalie - posted on 06/30/2010

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I noticed my nephew was dyslexic in 2nd grade. I was helping him with math homework and figured out why his answers were wrong. (example; 62-12=50 right? His answer was 5. He was inverting the numbers so he saw the equation as 26-21.) A basic in his learning now is the Sylvan institute. He is 16 now and made honor roll this year! Try the local special ed school. You don't have to enroll him, just contact them and tell them your concerns. Most of them just love to test kids on the off chance they will get to have them as students and the good news is there's usually no charge.

Natalie - posted on 06/29/2010

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Google the "Irlen Dyslexia Centre" and see what comes up. I have found it a very useful site when working with my son who has a form of dyslexia known as Scoptic Sensitivity. He is sensitive to white light, so sunshine and flurescent lights are the worst. It makes him very tired and unable to see without squinting and his water a lot in the sun. So always a cap and sunnies. Cap on even inside especially in brightly lit shopping centres.Good luck with your search it pays off in the long run..

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