The Top 8 Dyslexia Mythbusters
In the simplest terms, dyslexia refers to any unexpected reading problem. Here are some things we’ve heard in our journey of learning about our children’s dyslexia, and of learning how to advocate for them in our schools.
Stop right there! This is the biggest road block for most parents. Reading “at grade level” doesn’t mean much. Here are some important questions to ask:
Questions of Fluency
Does your child meet the GPS (Georgia Performance Standards) for fluency, phonics and phonological awareness? If not, this could be a red flag for dyslexia.
- Fluency (rate of words/minute, accurately read): Does he/she meet GPS?
- Phonics and phonological awareness (letters, sounds and word parts): Is he/she meeting GPS in K and 1st grade? If your 2nd or 3rd grader still doesn’t know letter sounds, this is a BIG red flag.
Questions of spelling, written expression, math word problems
What are his/her skills reflecting? This is important because dyslexia does not just affect reading. Good math students struggle with word problems even though they understand the arithmetic.
Questions of home life
Does your child come from a home rich in language and literature, where he/she has been read to consistently throughout childhood? If so, then a reading delay is a good indication of a potential problem.