Dyslexia is a language based learning disability which affects one in five school children. Without diagnosis and proper intervention dyslexic children often face lifelong academic struggles, poor self-image, and in some cases school failure.
Section 504 protects students with disabilities from discrimination and ensures that they are provided for on par with non-disabled students. Understanding the basics of this law helps parents of disabled children to make informed decisions in advocating on behalf of their disabled child.
Confusion often abounds over which disorders qualify, under federal law, as learning disabilities. ADHD, is one of the more commonly mislabeled disorders that does affect learning but does not meet established criteria to be classified as a learning disability.
Kids with auditory processing disorder have an issue which affects how their brain recognizes and processes sound. They typically don’t suffer from hearing loss, but rather struggle to differentiate subtle differences in words. If not identified,this can lead to speech delays and academic problems.
Reading fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy and fluidity. Students with reading difficulties must stop to decode unfamiliar words which stops comprehension. Fluent readers read and comprehend simultaneously.
Fluency training can improve comprehension skills for struggling readers.
Nearly all children with dyslexia struggle with spelling. Most children with dyslexia experience spelling difficulty that can’t be corrected through conventional phonics and spelling instruction. With the proper instruction, weak spelling skills can be greatly improved.