When your child is getting extra help at school, but it’s still not enough…

Your child can’t read. Sounding out words is painful, guessing word after word. Comprehension is basically nonexistent. Your child needs more help to learn.

When your child was younger, rhyming was difficult. While other children knew their letters by age four, your child was still struggling in kindergarten. And forget about matching the sounds to letters.

Spelling and handwriting are atrocious. Sometimes you can make out what your child is trying to write, and sometimes it’s just a bunch of random letters put together.

Constantly struggling, your child is always upset. Frustrated. Crying. Embarrassed.

You’ve asked for more help from school. They say they are doing everything they can… but are they?

Could it be dyslexia?

It is estimated that 5-10% of the population has dyslexia.

Does dad have dyslexia? An uncle or aunt? Dyslexia runs in families, so if a family member has dyslexia, there is an increased chance that your child has it, too.

There’s some good news I’d like to share with you…

Once a child is diagnosed with dyslexia, and specific deficits and strengths are identified, targeted interventions can be put into place. Consistent interventions administered 4-5 days per week for a minimum of 45 minutes per day yield the greatest results.

But how does your child get these interventions?

Here’s where Ra Wellness can help…

A comprehensive dyslexia evaluation is necessary to receive specifically tailored interventions for your child. Because dyslexia is now referenced in the New Jersey Special Education Code, it is important that children and adolescents struggling in school are comprehensively evaluated for dyslexia.

However, schools may not be aware of the key components when evaluating dyslexia. At Ra Wellness, all critical areas are assessed when evaluating dyslexia. These areas include phonological processing, rapid automatic naming, sound-letter identification, phonological memory, phonetic decoding, sight-word identification, reading fluency, spelling, cognitive ability, oral language, orthographic processing, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension.

If the Child Study Team has already evaluated your child, we may only need to add a specific assessment or two to complete the puzzle to see if your child has dyslexia.

There’s no need for your child to keep struggling…

When we connect, the first thing we’ll do is ask how your child is functioning. It is very important to understand your viewpoint. We will ask you what you see as your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and we’ll ask you to share anything the school has provided.

We’ll then determine the next steps – e.g., a records review with recommendations, further evaluation, or a meeting with the school for additional discussion.

By reaching out to us, you are taking that important first step in getting the help your child needs.

Call Ra Wellness today, and let’s schedule your free consultation: (973) 524-6501.

“Science has moved forward at a rapid pace so that we now possess the data to reliably define dyslexia, to know its prevalence, its cognitive basis, its symptoms and remarkably, where it lives in the brain and evidence-based interventions which can turn a sad, struggling child into not only a good reader,
but one who sees herself as a student with self-esteem and a fulfilling future.”

Sally Shaywitz, 2014 Testimony before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
in the United States House of Representatives