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What kind of help should be expected for a child who has dyslexia in school?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

There are different forms of dyslexia that may require different approaches to treatment.
Schools are supposed to have expertise in this area, and some do, but programs outside schools also can be helpful, e.g., fastforward, lindamood-bell, and others. The important point as a parent is not to give up. If what the school offers isn't helping, look for other evidence-based treatments.

In brief: Varies

There are different forms of dyslexia that may require different approaches to treatment.
Schools are supposed to have expertise in this area, and some do, but programs outside schools also can be helpful, e.g., fastforward, lindamood-bell, and others. The important point as a parent is not to give up. If what the school offers isn't helping, look for other evidence-based treatments.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Each school district is different.
However, in my experience, the more a parent fights for their child, the more services can be obtained. Dyslexia can be conquered. Parents are a child's #1 advocate.

In brief: Depends

Each school district is different.
However, in my experience, the more a parent fights for their child, the more services can be obtained. Dyslexia can be conquered. Parents are a child's #1 advocate.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If a child manifests

below-average reading decoding & slow reading progress, (s)he receives Response to Intervention Tier I, extra classroom instruction up to 8 wks.
If no progress, (s)he receives RTI Tier II, small-group instruction up to 9 wks. If no progress, (s)he receives RTI Tier III,individual instruction up to 9 wks. If no progress, (s)he is evaluated for eligibility for an IEP, special education services.

In brief: If a child manifests

below-average reading decoding & slow reading progress, (s)he receives Response to Intervention Tier I, extra classroom instruction up to 8 wks.
If no progress, (s)he receives RTI Tier II, small-group instruction up to 9 wks. If no progress, (s)he receives RTI Tier III,individual instruction up to 9 wks. If no progress, (s)he is evaluated for eligibility for an IEP, special education services.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
For a full explanation of RTI, see Http://www.rtinetwork.org/learn-about-rti/what-is-rti. Public schools now use "lower & slower progress", not an ability-achievement discrepancy, to define a learning disability. Parents can request a MultiDisciplinary Team Evaluation for eligibility for an Individualized Educational Plan at any time during the RTI process, but may not be granted one.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Special ed reading

There are several reading programs available to assist children with gaining reading ability.
The Orton Gillingham and Wilson reading programs are examples. Your child should get special education supports in addition to regular services.

In brief: Special ed reading

There are several reading programs available to assist children with gaining reading ability.
The Orton Gillingham and Wilson reading programs are examples. Your child should get special education supports in addition to regular services.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Diagnosis first

Many neurodevelopmental disorders mimic dyslexia.
So 1st step is to get a thorough evaluation. Once you know your child's strengths & weaknesses then you can plan properly form accommodations. The school accommodations are driven by the actual disabilities or deficiencies your child shows in evaluation. The accommodations are meant to ameliorate deficient areas to allow smooth learning.

In brief: Diagnosis first

Many neurodevelopmental disorders mimic dyslexia.
So 1st step is to get a thorough evaluation. Once you know your child's strengths & weaknesses then you can plan properly form accommodations. The school accommodations are driven by the actual disabilities or deficiencies your child shows in evaluation. The accommodations are meant to ameliorate deficient areas to allow smooth learning.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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