As a former public school educator, administrator and mom, I understand how important this time of year is to the fabric of family life. While families and students begin to make the transition from summer vacation to back-to-school, some concerns may arise with respect to struggling readers. Where can a parent turn for help? There are many web sites and print resources available, but I offer the following five for reliable, science-based information.
- https://dyslexiaida.org/ – International Dyslexia Association
IDA supplies a wealth of up-to-date articles to help increase awareness and education for parents and teachers. As a member of the New Hampshire division (which also serves Maine and Vermont), I regularly attend their annual conference. Parents are always welcome!
A great resource for parents! Their statement: “Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues.” Their support includes critical information, strategies and resources.
- http://dyslexia.yale.edu/ – The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
Founded by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, author of Overcoming Dyslexia, and her husband, Dr. Bennet Shaywitz, this site offers the latest in research and advocacy to build awareness and help those with dyslexia reach their full potential.
Reading Rockets offers suggested educational games and activities, literacy apps and podcasts in addition to videos, tip sheets and monthly parent tips.
Since 2009, the University of Michigan has offered support in the areas of Literacy, Language and Learning under the direction of Joanne Marttila Pierson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Parents may find their tools section particularly helpful.
New Hampshire recognizes the need for early screening and intervention and last year the state enacted a new screening law. Now all NH public schools must screen students in Kindergarten and first grade for dyslexia or related disorders and provide for science-based intervention. The N.H. Department of Education has information and resources available to educators and parents on their web site. https://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/dyslexia/index.htm
If your child is anxious about returning to school because he or she struggles with reading, or if you have a family history of dyslexia, I welcome you to schedule a consultation to further discuss your concerns. As a certified member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, I may be able to provide the additional support that could help to close the gap with your child’s reading. Back-to-school should be an exciting time for all families!
Linda Martin, M.Ed., CAGS, AOGPE
Reading Tutor and Organizational Coach