dyslexia consists of using educational tools to
enhance the ability to read. Medicines and counseling usually aren't used to treat
dyslexia. An important part of treatment is educating yourself about the
condition. The earlier dyslexia is recognized and addressed, the better.
Starting treatment when a child is young can improve reading and may even
prevent reading problems in the first years of school.2 But reading will likely not ever be easy for a person with
When a child age 3 years or older has been diagnosed
with dyslexia, federal law requires that public school personnel create an
Individualized Education Program (IEP) that's tailored to the child's needs.
The first step in developing the IEP is talking with your child's school to
create a treatment team made up of you, the teacher, and other school
personnel, including school counselors and special education teachers.
By Neil Osterweil
If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then teenagers
must be from a galaxy far, far, away indeed.
At least it can seem that way when parents and adolescents try
to communicate with one another. Sometimes, in the heat of an argument or even
a casual how-was-your-day conversation, that kid slouching in the corner can
seem like a speck floating in the void millions of light years away.
It's not that parents and their adolescent offspring can't
communicate, but that...
Your child's personalized IEP will detail specific disabilities,
appropriate teaching methods, and goals and objectives for the academic year.
It is evaluated at least once a year, with changes made based on your child's
progress. Parents have the right to appeal if they don't agree with their
child's IEP. Preparing children for further education, employment, and
independent living is also required by law. This should start no later than age
If you seek special education assistance for your child, it's handy to keep copies of:
According to a comprehensive U.S. government study on how
children learn to read, a combination of educational methods is the most
effective way to teach children to read. These methods include teaching
phonics—making sure that the beginning reader understands how letters are
linked to sounds (phonemes) to form words. Guided oral reading, in which the
student reads aloud with guidance and feedback, is also important for
developing reading fluency. The child must clearly understand the instructions
being given, and the instructions must be repeatable or systematic in order to
improve the child's reading abilities.3