Preschool and Kindergarten
Preparing to read is the most important learning task for preschool age children. Yet a certain percent of children miss this critical development phase and are at risk for reading failure. Early screening can identify children at risk for dyslexia by assessing their prereading skills. We can help you to determine if your child is developing prereading skills to prepare him or her for school success. Preventive instruction can boost a child’s phonemic awareness and language skills, preparing them for the classroom.
Children who are at risk for dyslexia will experience difficulty with school tasks in first grade, yet often mask the problem by using memory skills and participating in classroom activities. This is a critically important time for identification and correction of deficits in language processing. Demands of schoolwork are still at a manageable level for a child who is challenged, yet motivated. Several signs of reading difficulty are easily recognizable at this age, and assessment can show a student’s current ability relative to grade level peers.
If unremediated, reading challenges become a significant barrier by 4th grade. School assignments now require significantly more reading with higher level vocabulary and more complex language tasks. Frustration can derail a young student. Slow and inaccurate reading, poor comprehension and spelling errors set the struggling student apart from classmates. It is often at this point that intervention becomes necessary. Appropriate identification of reading problems and targeted multisensory instruction can help the student to correct skill gaps and attain peer level performance.
Identification of a reading disorder and delivery of remedial instruction become more difficult as students age. Accumulated frustration and failures lead to poor self esteem and avoidance of schoolwork. An intensive course of instruction is necessary to prevent academic failure and attain a sense of achievement and optimism for the student.