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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