Hi, my name is Elizabeth Hendrix and I am a Certified Academic Language Therapist.
If your child is having difficulty learning to read or has been diagnosed as dyslexic, the best thing you as a parent can do is educate yourself and become the number one advocate for your child.
One in five children are dyslexic and learn to read in a different way. Most public and private schools do not have qualified dyslexic/reading teachers. 80% of children will learn to read whether they have a great or poor teacher.
You, as a parent, must be informed. You cannot wait. Time is of the essence. Retaining a child is not the answer. If a child is retained because they didn’t “get it” the first time, they won’t “get it” the second time with the exact same instruction.
Ask lots of questions. Observe in your child's reading class. Take notes. Ask for the qualifications of the reading specialist, the general education teacher and/or special education teacher. A teacher who has only had a week or two of instruction is not a Highly Qualified Reading Specialist. A master’s degree is not enough. Remember you are your child's best advocate. A few excellent sites on the internet to begin with are National Reading Panel, International Dyslexia Association, and Academic Language Therapist Association.
Please explore my website, and then, please, feel free to call or email me with your questions. I’m sure you will have many of them.
Elizabeth Hendrix • 347-882-1074 • firstname.lastname@example.org