Dyslexia can be very misunderstood: Reversal of letters and numbers? Reading backwards? Skipping lines? Possibly, but dyslexia is much more than that. It’s a disconnect between how the eye captures information and how the brain interprets that information. The dyslexic brain is unique, and its impact reaches beyond just reading and writing. Dyslexic brains process the written and oral word differently, presenting complications, yet not lacking in intelligence.
As a parent, it is difficult to see your child struggle to read and discouraged in school. Dyslexic children may perceive themselves as “dumb” or “slow” and try to hide their challenges in school. They may complain of headaches and weariness when reading. They may develop gaps in multiple subject areas and, as a result, fall behind. We are here to help! We understand the dyslexic brain and how to support your child to develop new strategies specific to their intricate brain. And as your child becomes more successful with reading and writing, their confidence will soar, and they will know that THEY CAN READ!
Dyslexia is a common learning difference that can pose complex challenges. While some experts estimate 5-10% of the population experiences dyslexia, other experts place this figure closer to 17%. Dyslexia is a lifelong condition. However, with the proper support and strategies from a Learning Foundations coach, individuals can overcome these challenges and significantly improve their lives.
There are a variety of misconceptions associated with dyslexia. Many people believe it is a problem with vision that results in reversing letters. However, dyslexia is actually a language and comprehension issue, not a vision issue. It’s also important to understand that while dyslexia impacts a person’s ability to learn, it isn’t a sign that someone lacks intelligence. In fact, many individuals with dyslexia display high levels of intelligence.
Children are impacted by dyslexia in varying ways. Some of the most common challenges associated with the condition include:
These challenges often cause children with dyslexia to feel anxiety or frustration and can lead to stress for the entire family. This is where the EXPERTS at Learning Foundations step in. We understand dyslexia and know the right strategies to support your child’s dyslexic brain, so the whole family can rest at ease!
When seeking academic coaching for a child with dyslexia, it’s crucial that you work with someone who can help you navigate the complexities of the 504/IEP process. At Learning Foundations, this is a key component of our expertise. We’ll help make sure the accommodations listed in the 504/IEP plan are accurate for your child’s optimal learning and are implemented in the classroom. We use two tools to help your child get the maximum benefit from their 504/IEP:
Our academic coaches will provide you with progress notes to track and monitor each session and communicate what skills are being taught. These notes can be very useful at 504/IEP meetings because they help parents understand which skills are most relevant to their child. In addition, these progress notes track the following information:
By reviewing these notes, parents can easily stay updated on their child’s goals, progress and successes from week to week. In addition, progress notes are helpful for 504/IEP meetings because they display a clear record of how well your child is making progress on relevant skills necessary to tackle the challenges associated with dyslexia.
Alongside your child, we create an Advocacy Card to share with teachers. This easy-to-follow, single-page card is a condensed overview of your child’s 504/IEP. This overview synopsis makes life easier for your child and their teachers:
Each teacher is provided with a copy of the Advocacy Card to remind them of the specific accommodations your child needs. Your child also keeps a copy of the card so that they remember which accommodations they’re entitled to. This helps your child more effectively advocate for their needs since they will know what to ask for if they’re not receiving a particular accommodation included in the 504/IEP.
Children aren’t taught how to use their accommodations, and they’re not always included in a 504/IEP meeting. By providing this Advocacy Card, Learning Foundations is teaching your child how to leverage the support they need.
Unlike your traditional tutoring company, we are EXPERTS in learning differences, and we know how to connect with your child! We develop trusted relationships with your family and take a holistic approach to academic coaching in order to help your child thrive in school and life!
Our coaches have extensive training and understand the ways in which dyslexia can interfere with learning and impact a child’s mental health. Our team will work with your child to overcome challenges, identify strengths and unlock their full potential.
Students are matched with coaches based on subject expertise, needs, and personality to ensure the best possible results. Academic coaching sessions work to improve personal awareness, executive function skills and academic performance.
Our exclusive Critical Connections Methodology™ is specifically designed to help your child thrive in all aspects of life. We start by identifying your child’s learning style to help them understand how their brain processes information. We also take a multisensory learning approach to show your child how to identify patterns and gain deep understanding. Additionally, our methodology will empower your child to advocate for their needs to ensure all accommodations are being provided in class.