Parents

Parental Support

Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma was started by parents to help other parents navigate the process of seeking help for their children.  As parents we have been in your shoes searching for answers to help our struggling readers.  We are working through the process of working with our schools to build awareness for dyslexia as well as help our schools navigate the necessary resources to help our children with dyslexia become successful readers. We look forward to you joining our network of support and walking this journey together.

WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that manifest in difficulty in reading, spelling, and writing. A person with dyslexia is often of average or above average in intelligence.

The best formal definition of Dyslexia is from the International Dyslexia Association from 2002. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.

"It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from  a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."

WHAT DOES DYSLEXIA LOOK LIKE?

Parents come to Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma when either they or a teacher has noticed that a child is not reading as well as their peers.  Often a parent will notice that the child can read a word on one page but not on the next.

COMMON SIGNS FOR A PARENT

  • difficulty with the alphabet
  • trouble with rhyming words like cat, mat and bat
  • delayed speech
  • difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • trouble with sight words
  • trouble learning address or phone number

There are many signs for dyslexia and no two students dyslexia will be the same. We encourage you look at the list of signs put together by Susan Barton and Yale Center of Dyslexia.

SO IT MAY BE DYSLEXIA WHAT NEXT

Currently in Oklahoma schools dyslexia is under identified. You will need to be your child's advocate at school.  First you will need to learn more.  The International Dyslexia Association IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know is a good place to start.  The Handbook will review valid assessments for dyslexia and what effecting teaching looks like for a student with dyslexia.

Knowing the signs of dyslexia and recognizing them in your child will leave you wanting to know if it is indeed dyslexia. To have you child screened for dyslexia can be requested of your school or through a private evaluation.  If you start with your school, you will need to request an Education Evaluation in writing.  You will need to write a letter to address your concerns and request specific skill subsets to be tested. In order to insure your child is screened appropriately we suggest using a sample letter example.  The example letter calls out the skills to be tested and outlines what you should include in your letter.  We are happy to email you a copy. After you submit your letter a "clock" has started but it will not move quickly.  The school will have 45 days to complete the testing, a full quarter of the year during this wait keep researching dyslexia.  Your other option is to seek a private evaluation.  Having an outside evaluation may give you answers but the school is only required to review the documentation not implement the findings.   A school can still request their own testing.  Finding a competent elevator is very important. It is imperative that they are willing to diagnosis dyslexia and use the term if that is indeed the determination.  Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma has gathered a list of  Testing Center that were shared with us by members of our group, if you have any questions or concerns about any on the list please let us know. There is often a wait for screening through private evaluation as well.  

LOCAL HELP

Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma has gathered a list of tutors shared with us by our members. While Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma has verified these tutors provide an Orton-Gillingham based program, DDOK cannot and does not guarantee any individual tutor or program if the curriculum is not performed with fidelity. If you are looking to provide tutoring to your own child we can connect you with parents that have been successful in using programs like the Barton System.  Send us an email and we can share that information with you.

WHERE TO LEARN MORE

BOOKS

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning

Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition - The Special Education Survival Guide

Overcoming Dyslexia – Sally Shaywitz MD

WEBSITES

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia Bright Solutions. Sharing the latest dyslexia research with those who need to know. Mission:To provide research-based information on dyslexia in a parent-friendly manner. They present research-based information on dyslexia for parents, teachers, and other professionals.

International Dyslexia Association The purpose of IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write. . . In a way that creates hope, possibility, and partnership. So that every individual has the opportunity to lead a productive and fulfilling life, and society benefits from the resource that is liberated.

Headstrong Nation Headstrong Nation is a non-profit dedicated to serving the dyslexic community. Founded by Ben Foss in 2003, Headstrong Nation aims to end the isolation of the world’s largest (it’s true!) disability group by providing information about dyslexia, self-advocacy and new technologies. To do this we help dyslexic adults and parents of dyslexic children learn the facts, figure out how to play to their strengths and connect with others to form a movement dedicated to levelling the playing field for people like us.

Learning Ally Learning Ally is a membership organization supporting people with dyslexia and print disabilities. Audiobooks and parent support services help students do better in school and give parents access to experts who can help.

National Center for Learning Disabilities The National Center for Learning Disabilities – the leading online resource for parents and educators on learning disabilities and related disorders.

Wrightslaw Wrightslaw is leading website about special education law and advocacy, with thousands of articles, cases, and free resources about hundreds of special education topics, books by Peter Wright and Pamela Wright, and special education law and advocacy training.

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity serves as a nexus for research on dyslexia, and is as well a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia.