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What is Dyslexia?
In general, a person with dyslexia tends to have substantially lower reading and spelling achievement than is expected considering his or her measured intelligence and age-appropriate education. This achievement gap is due in large part to deficits in the phonological component of language (phonemic awareness).
Dyslexia refers to a range of symptoms, specifically reading, spelling, writing and pronouncing words. Secondary symptoms include problems with comprehension and a lack of reading experience that can interfere with vocabulary growth.
Dyslexia (and its many classifications) is often referred to as a learning disability because it can make it very difficult for a student to succeed without intervention. Many of our students with dyslexia are very bright, but have differences in the way the brain functions when it comes to reading and spelling. Dyslexia is not due to lack of effort or intelligence. When identified and addressed by appropriate teaching methods, individuals with dyslexia can learn successfully. Dyslexia can be addressed with methods that are tailored to the individual's needs. This is the purpose of our diagnostic testing and daily instruction.
What does a testing cost?
The cost for a diagnostic testing is $795 for clients age 7 and up, and $595 for clients age 5 and 6. There is a discount for additional testings within the same immediate family, such as siblings or parents.
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What does treatment cost?
Currently, instruction at one hour per day costs $1,150 per month. That works out to an average of $57.50 per hour. This includes daily one-on-one, hour-long sessions with trained clinicians working on a treatment plan individualized for the student.
How is your treatment different than other tutoring programs?
The reading program we use addresses a level before phonics. This multisensory approach helps students connect what their eyes see, their ears hear, and their mouths feel when they read or say sounds. All of this feedback helps students avoid or identify decoding and encoding errors. This method changes the pathways in the brain and enables students to self-correct. Students always work one-on-one with their clinician.
Following our thorough diagnostic testing we discover that some students, regardless of decoding ability, are unable to understand what they read. We have a program that teaches students to make pictures in their minds as they read or listen to language. Other tutoring programs often assume that if you can read, you can comprehend. We see students who read very well, but have very weak understanding of what they read. Teaching students to use imagery helps them improve their comprehension and vocabulary. Our treatment addresses individual needs rather than assuming a one-size-fits-all type of approach.
Why must students attend treatment daily?
In order to change the pathways in the brain, consistent and consecutive instruction is most beneficial. Our goal is to empower students to read, spell, and comprehend grade appropriate material on their own. Without daily repetition, students would be less likely to remember and apply their new skills independently, and would experience significantly slower progress through the programs of instruction.
Do you retest at the end of treatment?
We always retest our students at the end of treatment. Retesting takes place during the student's regularly scheduled sessions. There is no extra fee for retesting. We will send a final report about two weeks after the student's last day of treatment. This report includes the initial test scores, retest scores, and suggestions and recommendations to help your student maintain his or her progress.
WARNING SIGNS OF DYSLEXIA
Weak phonemic awareness
Chronic ear infections
Inability to create words that rhyme
Difficulty with time concepts
Dreads going to school
Trouble memorizing math facts
Difficulty with directions
Complaining of stomachaches or headaches
Poor self image
Difficulty with spoken language