Dyslexia Diagnosis and Tutoring
Natalie Robbins, M.Ed
Education & Dyslexia Specialist, SLT
Dyslexia Diagnostics and Tutoring
A series of 14 assessments, taking about 3 hours, can identify someone with dyslexia. A quality report will also pinpoint the severity of dyslexia: mild, moderate, moderate-severe, severe, severe-profound, and profound . The assessments are combined tests which include; standardized tests, student interviews, work samples, and a careful review of school documents by a qualified Dyslexia Specialist. Students as young as 5 years old can be identified with dyslexia. Screening for dyslexia can be subjective, it is important to have a student evaluated by a professional who specializes in dyslexia. Most school personnel and/or educational psychologists are not qualified to conduct accurate screenings to identify someone with dyslexia. Finding a qualified and certified dyslexia specialist is somewhat difficult, as there are only a few training and certification programs in the United States. The International Dyslexia Association keeps an updated list of qualified dyslexia specialists for each state.
Getting "extra help" at school will not be successful unless the appropriate intervention is used. Someone with dyslexia MUST be taught using the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method. Orton-Gillingham is diagnostic and prescriptive. Each lesson is planned for a particular student or small group of students. It is not a “packaged” curriculum in which “one size fits all.” The teacher must be adaptable and flexible, understanding the learner’s needs and using appropriate teaching strategies. There are many highly successful "brands" that are based on the OG method such as Barton Reading & Spelling, Slingerland, Wilson Reading System, and Go Phonics.
Orton-Gillingham is a multisensory approach that is direct and explicit. Students are not expected to know anything that has not already been taught and practiced. It is language based. Teachers are trained in the structure of the English language. They teach the language as it is to the students where they are in their understanding of the language. Many programs say that they employ multisensory methods but to be truly multisensory, teachers must make sure that auditory, visual and kinesthetic elements are utilized together to reinforce each element for optimal learning.
A successful tutor/teacher will be trained in the pure, unchanged, original method of Orton-Gillingham as well as branded OG methods. An indepth study of the OG method from basic to advanced is necessary to create the most successful education plan for an individual with dyslexia.
Dyslexia Information Sites
The International Dyslexia Association, Oregon Branch www.orbida.org
The International Dyslexia Association www.interdys.org
Embracing Dyslexia embracingdyslexia.com
Dyslexia Reading Well www.dyslexia-reading-well.com
Ben Foss www.headstrongnation.org
Learning Ally www.learningally.org
Bright Solutions www.dys-add.com
State Dyslexia Laws http//dyslegia.com/state-dyslexia-laws
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity www.dyslexia.yale.edu/PAR_WordSnafus.html
Dyslexia Reading Well http://www.dyslexia-reading-well.com/
Reading Rockets www.readingrockets.org
Barton Reading and Spelling www.bartonreading.com
Dyslexia Training Institute www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org
Institute of Multisensory Education www.orton-gillingham.us
To schedule a screening or to be put on a waitlist for tutoring contact Natalie Robbins (formerly Winchester) at 503-964-9550 or HeadsUpDyslexia@gmail.com