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Sunday, June 26, 2005


Linda Larson

I am desperately looking for a way to assist my homeschooled granddaughter (I'm the teacher) with her dyslexia. She has not been professionally diagnosed, but I have done sufficient research to have little or no doubt about her need.

liz Ditz

You are a stellar grandmother

I really recommend Susan Barton's system. I haven't used it myself, as my daughter is doing OK with reading now (after going through Slingerland program and Lindamood Bell, both of which I endorse but are expensive) but I've heard rave reviews from others.

Here's more about dyslexia from Ms. Barton:

If your granddaughter goes back into the public school system, it is likely you will need some help from Wrightslaw:

"Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. You will find articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about dozens of topics in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. "

Here's my review of other tutoring programs:

"Survey Of Tutoring Programs: Sylvan, Huntington, Kumon, Score: where do they stand with remediating specific learning disablities like dyslexia?"

Best of luck to you. Let me know if I can do anything else. If you are near the San Francisco Bay Area, I have some additional face-to-face resources.

liz Ditz

You didn't say how old your daughter is. I would urge you to consider getting a diagnosis as she approaches her high-school years, because of the accomodations available for standardized testing (especially the SATs) ONLY to those having a diagnosis from a qualified professional.

Quote from the College Board:

Accomodations page

"What are the College Board's eligibility requirements?
If you have a documented disability you may be eligible for accommodations on College Board tests (i.e., SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP, PSAT). If you are seeking accommodations on a College Board test, you must complete a Student Eligibility Form.

Instructions for Completing the Student Eligibility Form

To be eligible, you must:

have a disability that necessitates testing accommodations,
have documentation on file at your school that supports the need for requested accommodations and meets the Guidelines for Documentation, and
receive and use the requested accommodations, due to the disability, for school-based tests.

If any of these requirements are not met, you may still be eligible. You may send your disability documentation with the Student Eligibility Form to the College Board for review and determination. The disability documentation must adhere to the Guidelines for Documentation on page 1 of the Instructions."

Jane Lukens Herman

I am a GrandMother and a Dyslexic. I want to be a tutor. After reading as much up to date material as I could find, I am very concerned that the peoople who are tutuoring these young children are doing it for the wrong reason. And that reason is Money. I am going to sit in on a session not far from my home and see what really goes on. I am concerned that without proper knowledge the child could be made worse and not better. I will continue to follow and study the most current methods of help for the young dyslexic person. What about the older and old ones? I am in the process of makeing a documentary that will be quite unusual. I would like feed back.

David Fletcher

To Jane Herman,
I have taught and tutored dyslexic students using the Slingerland method which is a proven effective method for all ages. I am currently tutoring afterschool a dyslexic Japanese student who is 54 and he has progressed from a 1st grade reading level to a 4th grade reading level in a year(he is willing to do homework)
The problem you will see with most programs and tutors is the lack of experience with working with many dyslexic students. I teach at a school for only dyslexic students and I get to hear all the horrors stories of the thousands of dollars spent without any results. You have to be observant, creative, patient, encouraging, consistent, and have a love for teaching and learning. If you have that, then take a summer class offered by a school which teaches dyslexic students and then go do it. Good luck.

Buster  Williams

Your blog is both a blessing and a guiding light. I am a chemistry/physics teacher in a NYC high-needs area. Recently, I found myself tutoring a number of dyslexic high school students in earth science, biology, chemistry and computer programming in preparation for NYS Regents and AP standardized tests. At first i was overwhelmed, trying general classroom techniques in tutoring. After some research and experimentation I found starting with a visual big picture, central key concepts and breaking down the central concepts into manageable smaller chunks seems to be successful and appears to be working. Can you or anyone else make suggestions on the next steps that could be taken to enhance my science tutoring methods? Any information or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much for your courage and insight.
Enjoy The Journey,

Bassem Kabbara

My son who a US citizen was diagnost in Lebanon with mild dislexia. before taking him to Lebanon, the public school in California ran test on him and ditermined that he was OK. But I knew my son has problem because he act up at home and at school every time he reads. so we tested him in Lebanon afterward and it was determined that he had mild dislexia. I provided tutoring for him there. I notice some improvement. But now, I would like my family to come back to the US. But I am afraid that I would not find the right help for him. and if I do it would be very expensive for me to do so. please advise me on what to do. is there any way the public system in california help my child or is there any reasonable tutoring cost for my son?. Please help me. my son now is 11 and a half years old. please note he also has problem memorizing. I hope I hear from you. Thank you.

Kerry Eady

We've just started down the road after identifying that my daughter is dyslexic (so is her older brother but his LD's are treated under the umbrella of Asperger's and he actually hasn't had a lot of trouble with reading.

What do you think of the program outlined in The Gift of Dyslexia?

I've just started a blog to deal with our road through this (the rec from her psychologist was to homeschool but I have a custody order preventing it)

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I am not familiar with this disease and I wish I could go, so that I could have idea about this topic.You're such a wonderful person being able to share your thoughts with us.Goodluck.


I wish I could go,this is a once in a lifetime tutorial.

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Great tutorial, and being able to know this disease through you is such a great opportunity, coz knowledge could be a prevention.

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