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Q: I struggled in school. Why can’t we just wait and see how the next few months go?

A: Chances are you went to school 20+ years ago. Our education system has changed dramatically. Twenty years ago, kindergarten was about teaching ABC’s. Now, children are expected to read and write by the end of kindergarten. The demands have increased exponentially. Waiting only causes stress and more failure.

Q: Why doesn’t my child comprehend what he reads?

A: There are a host of reasons children don't understand what they read. A thorough reading and language assessment will reveal the reasons which can include slow reading rate, inaccurate reading, or language processing difficulties.

Q: Does my child have dyslexia?

A: Dyslexia is very misunderstood and is an umbrella term for a variety of difficulties associated with reading, spelling, comprehension and mathematical abilities. A battery of standardized assessments must be administered to determine the nature of the struggles and to develop an individualized treatment approach.

Q: How many hours of instruction will my child require?

A: The number of hours of instruction will depend on your child's current levels of performance in the areas that have been assessed. There are a number of factors that influence a child's ability to achieve, such as motivation and frequency and duration of intervention. However, a general rule of thumb is that more frequent sessions produce faster results. A child's motivation, attentiveness, and family support are very important factors in achieving lasting success.

Q: Why does my child need to be tested?

A: Standardized assessments allow us to examine a child's strengths and weaknesses in order to choose the appropriate intervention. Baseline assessments also allow us to track progress systematically and to ensure the interventions are having maximum impact.

Q: He will catch up with the others. So why should he do therapy?

A: Reading disorders are persistent. They do not go away on their own. But, getting the appropriate intervention, not only will a child see gains in their reading, writing, spelling and math. They will feel a sense of relief.

Q: Should I tell my child that he or she has dyslexia?

A: The research is very clear that children need to know what they are struggling with and more importantly that there is help. The longer a child goes without intervention, the more they feel unsuccessful. Clarifying that there is an underlying problem in words a child can understand lets them know that they are smart and indeed they can learn.