“I’m stupid.” Have you ever heard your child utter these or similar words? It’s a terrible thing to hear a child say, though it is a thousand times worse to be the child that actually feels stupid, day after day, for so long that he/she finally says it out.
A child with an undiagnosed reading disability will often feel stupid. Being unable to do what others can do for no reason may feel equivalent to being unable to do what others can do due to some innate deficiency.
Common, but ignored
In fact, dyslexia is the most common learning disability, and yet many states do not even test for it. It is estimated that 80% of children with learning disabilities actually have dyslexia.
New York is one of the states that does not test for dyslexia, but as of November 2014, there was an attempt to pass new legislation requiring teachers train to recognize signs of dyslexia in their classrooms.
If you want to know how significant appropriate diagnosing is, ask parent Deb Rafferty. When they discovered her son’s diagnosis, they were able to find the correct intervention for him. She says, “It worked like that. It was like giving medicine to someone and he was able to read… It’s difficult still for him, but he can read anything.”
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If you live in a state that does not offer adequate testing or you are simply uncertain where to begin to address your child’s reading difficulties, with or without a diagnosis, please contact us. We’d love to work with you to get your child reading on grade level.