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All Parents with Kids in Special Ed Need to See This Video

by Pam Wright

Sent from one of our readers –

I have Dyslexia. I told numerous people I have dyslexia including teachers, psychologist ect… when I had my son tested for learning disabilities. No one thought it was a big deal, and no one cared to test my son for Dyslexia. He has all of the warning signs, yet no one cared enough to formally test.

A lot of his problems in school could have been avoided if the schools were forced to consider Dyslexia as a possible problem. Every special ed teacher should be required to test all children in special ed for Dyslexia. My son was a late talker, had directionality issues, needed speech for his r’s and l’s. in fact he has every symptom of Dyslexia yet no one wanted to test for it. This needs to change.

I agree that it’s important to test children for dyslexia. There is a screening tool that does a good job of identifying kids who will have reading problems. Parents or caregivers can give the screening tool when a child is 4.

The larger problem (and the basis for not evaluating kids for dyslexia) is that very few teachers know how to teach dyslexic kids to read. Most kids with disabilities have significant problems with reading. Yet, education schools don’t focus on ensuring that special ed teachers know how to teach kids to read.

This is a sorry state of affairs. Until we face facts, shine a light on the problem, and require teachers to learn how to teach kids with and without disabilities to read, nothing will change.

When kids are taught by unskilled teachers, and don’t learn to read, schools pass the kid along. All too often, these frustrated, demoralized kids drop out of school.

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This says that every child in special ed should be tested for dyslexia. I disagree. My oldest is in special ed due to autism. She’s always read at or above grade level. There is no need to test her unless you want to exacerbate the anxiety that comes with her autism. I do feel that any child who is struggling with reading should be evaluated. The statistic I’ve heard is 20% of people have some degree of dyslexia. My son has speech issues and hates reading as he finds it difficult. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had dyslexia and wish the school would test him. It breaks my heart that he calls himself stupid because he struggles academically.


@Carry – You asked why do schools lie? I don’t understand it really but school districts are full of administrators without ethical standards that you or I share. Our Director of Special Education in our district altered my child’s IEP after the last meeting and told me I had to sign it as it was the final offer from our district, Falls Church City Public Schools in Northern Virginia. As of this date she still works there. In public schools you can lie and falsify documents, lie by omission when in IEP meetings and you still have your job because there really are no rules. Why do I say no rules? The burden is on the parent to prove it. The threshold for proof is very high. School Board members don’t want to get involved and are told not to. It’s a national disgrace and it’s happening all across the country. Parents should name names.


POST FROM 10/13/09 —OG method

Your thoughts on OG are interesting. I am finding that some students with a late diagnoses of dyslexia do not like the program though it is effective. I think, in my experience with my child who did not fully like fhe laborious nature of OG, had to use other multisensory methods. I have also been told my some learning centers that, for some older students, they have to be a bit more creative beyond OG. I think for some older students who have been pushed through the system, OG may or may not be an agreeable option but options must be presented to them that are SBRI. How do you keep hope alive and motivation for an older dyslexic teenager and what programs?


One of my friends, instead of fighting with the school about an IEE, paid for one on her own via her insurance and the school accepted the report and implemented the recommendations. She found an open door and she got help for her child.


Patricia: You can opt to get an outside reading test from a professional at public expense if you are unsatisfied with the testing results of the school. We did that with our dyslexic son. The results and recommendations from the outside professional were excellent and the school implemented them. There is a good book called “overcoming dyslexia” that is extremely helpful.