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Dyslexia: Setting the record straight for academic success

Jayne Matthews Hopson | 10/25/2013, 6 a.m.
As I write this week’s column my son is on a plane back to New England College. His fall semester ...

Parents who suspect that their child might be exhibiting signs of dyslexia or another language-based learning difference are encouraged to take action as soon as they suspect a problem. The earlier a child receives intervention, the sooner he or she can get on the path to successful learning.

What to do if your child is exhibiting signs of dyslexia:

•Contact your child’s teacher, head of school, guidance counselor or pediatrician and express your concerns.

•Request a formal evaluation of your child by a professional or request a referral for testing to confirm a diagnosis of dyslexia or another language-based learning difference.

•Visit the International Dyslexia Association’s website: www.interdys.org for fact sheets and helpful resources for parents.

•Be an advocate for your child. If your child is diagnosed as being dyslexic, fight for proper accommodations in his or her current school or look into specialized schools or tutors.

•Keep a positive attitude. A diagnosis of dyslexia or another learning difference is not the end of the world. Children with dyslexia are bright, capable and able to go on to college and successful careers. If your child has dyslexia it simply means that he or she learns differently. Many top CEOs, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs are dyslexic.

Jayne Matthews Hopson writes about education matters because,“only the educated are free.”