MY HUSBAND IS DYSLEXIC. DOES THAT MEAN THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL BE DYSLEXIC?
Not necessarily, but hereditary and genetic factors do play a part in dyslexia, so a family history of dyslexia can increase its likelihood. When in doubt, get the facts and have your child assessed to identify or rule out dyslexia.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT GETTING MY CHILD EVALUATED FOR DYSLEXIA?
Generally, the earliest that children will be evaluated for dyslexia is 5 or 6 when he or she is showing difficulty learning to read. A knowledgeable psychologist, diagnostic specialist or learning disability specialist is suitable to evaluate a person for dyslexia, and this can be done at the child's school, medical facility or in a clinician's office. Some people in private practice accept insurance, but in my experience most do not. Texas Children's Hospital in Houston evaluated my daughter for dyslexia, and gratefully did accept insurance. Some places have a month's long wait list, so it's best to start the process as soon as you can. For additional information regarding testing, please see the Testing and Evaluation page from the International Dyslexia Association or talk with your child's pediatrician.
MY CHILD'S TEACHER SAYS SHE WILL OUTGROW SOME OF THE THINGS SHE IS DOING, SUCH AS REVERSING LETTERS. IS THAT TRUE?
Human beings do not outgrow dyslexia. Many children reverse letters and typically outgrow this habit; however simply reversing letters is not dyslexia. Dyslexics can reverse letters and may exhibit other symptoms as well, symptoms that they will not outgrow. It is essential to determine whether a child is dyslexic.
WHAT ARE THE AREAS OF TOWN IN WHICH YOU WORK? DO YOU CONDUCT SESSIONS ONLINE?
I offer private dyslexia therapy and reading therapy sessions to any location via zoom, or in home or at school in the following areas of Houston: The Heights, Timbergrove, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest. Are you in the area but I didn't mention your neighborhood? Let's talk!