|Posted on May 21, 2016 at 11:00 PM|
When Lauren was in kindergarten and first grade I noticed as she was learning to read that she struggled to retain how to read words and sound them out. It was also very apparent that she used the pictures in books to guess words. She is a very intelligent little girl so it was hard for us as her parents to understand why she was having such a hard time learning to read and progress.
We met with Lauren's first grade teacher in November that year to discuss our concerns about her lack of progression and were told not to worry, reading clicks for everyone at different times. Her MAPS scores were high so the school would not address her struggles and test her for learning disabilities. In hindsight, the MAP scores were actually a big red flag. How could she score above average on her reading MAPS scores yet when read word "the" on one page of a book wouldn't have a clue how to read it on the next page of the same book. It didn't make sense!
I knew very little about dyslexia at the time but started to research it and wondered if that could be what was affecting her. I was told that the school only tests for learning disabilities and not specifically for dyslexia that it was a medical condition. I was then told by the her pediatrician's office that it was a learning disability and they don't test for it. At this point I felt discourage but needed an answer. I stumbled upon a dyslexia group in Morton and attended a meeting. I sat in the meeting as they talked about sign and symptoms of dyslexia and was more convinced then ever that dyslexia could be what was causing Lauren's struggles. After the meeting I called Melissa Garretson, the leader of the awareness group and a certified dyslexia testing specialist to schedule an appointment. I completed an initial interview which indicated it was high probable Lauren could be dyslexic.
We scheduled Lauren to go through the series of tests required at our own expense and the results indicated she was indeed dyslexic with severity level of moderate to severe. She immediately started one on one tutoring in the Susan Barton Orton Gillingham system with a certified consultant. An Orton Gillingham system is the only scientifically proven instruction method to work for dyslexia. The school district did not and still does not provide an Orton Gillingham based instruction method so Lauren must attend tutoring after school twice a week at our own expense. Tutoring is a very significant cost especially when I have two children who require this assistance. We are fortunate to be able to afford to pay for this tutoring but I would say the average person is not. Also, there is no tax deduction/credit available for a service the schools should be providing with the tax dollars I'm paying.
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