Facts About Dyslexia and Tips to Help Parents Beat the Odds

readDid you know that 72% of students in
remedial classes drop out of school?

Some alarming facts parents must consider.

*70-80% of people with poor reading skills are likely dyslexic.

*Dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities.

*According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, (NAEP) 38% of all fourth grade students are below basic reading skills. They are at or below the 40th percentile for their age group.

*Nationwide 20% of the elementary school population is struggling with reading.

*National center for Education statistics, 5% of all adults are non-literate

*62% of non-readers dropped out of high school.

*80% of children with an IEP have reading difficulty and 85% of those are dyslexic.

*30% of children with Dyslexia also have at least a mild form of ADHD (Source: Learning Inside-Out.)

*The majority of students with an IEP and no remediation strategies or support will drop out of college after the first year.

*It is a fact that the amount of jail cells built in America are based on reading level assessments. If you are non-literate adult or juvenile, at second grade reading level or lower, the majority of that population will end in the penal system.

With those facts, every parent who suspects a child has a language or learning disability, needs to act and formulate a plan of action. You will change the life of your child.

Most parents will invest over $20,000 over the course of years enrolled in k12 education in tutors, and ineffective programs to help support children with Dyslexia and find no positive improvement.

Here are some tips for parents to beat the odds:

*Act Early. Demand testing no later than 1st grade if you suspect your child is struggling.

*Outside Assessment: Require a private speech and language report to assess your child’s educational needs. This report is essential. It is the benchmark of your child’s issues and will help schools determine the right resources for your child. A private assessment (outside of school) is necessary to assess or even diagnose Dyslexia with accuracy representing your child’s individual needs. There are many teaching colleges that have a learning center on campus and will assess and offer free reports.

*Get Support. Parents need guidance. Most have no time, no resources, and no knowledge of the years of planning and accommodations that are required to help students succeed with Dyslexia.

Parents are the lifeline of children with Dyslexia. However, they are overwhelmed with information, advice from support groups help but there is no beginning and end direction and so parents remain ineffective. With no plan, there is very slow action and virtually no improvement. Parents must be educated, coached or given the direction and support for meeting their child’s individual needs. Parents must be organized, with a direct and clear path from unprepared to empowered.

Parents may require a representative to manage their IEP meetings, review IEPs and offer immediate strategies that help to successfully navigate the process of learning at school for their children and themselves. It is a job.

*A Master Plan is the best investment you can make to beat the odds of the educational system.

*Successful Transitions require preparation: Students with Dyslexia demand preparation and specific foundations to successfully transfer from elementary to high school and again from high school to college.

Finding the right college is key. It is a huge component and most Guidance Counselors in public schools are not trained for specific support for Dyslexic students. Start the process two years prior to transition. Get help with a specialist who understands and can offer guidance specific to Dyslexia. Parents must learn what is needed to give their child the foundations and skills necessary to graduate high school and college.


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