My son is in the 5th grade Resource Room. He has problems with reading and writing. I’m curious about dyslexia. What type of doctor can test him? What tests do they use?
To my knowledge there is not one specific “test” for dyslexia.
Evaluation is based on the “clinical judgment” of a psychologist, by the way a child tests on a battery of tests.
How Children Learn to Read…
1. The first thing you need to learn is how children learn to read. I mean really learn to read. I don’t mean just memorize and word call.
Read anything by Jeanne Chall and Louisa Moats. You can google their name to find out more about them. You will find books by them in the Advocate’s Bookstore.
2. Then look at your child’s test scores.
Consider these questions:
- Has my child received adequate reading instruction?
- Where are my child’s deficits in reading?
- Does the program being used address those deficits?
3. Don’t assume a teacher knows how to teach all children to read.
Many teachers do not know how to teach children to read, especially children with dyslexia whose needs are different. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) found that only 11 out of 72 colleges of education actually teach teachers the components of the science of reading!
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