Dyslexia Testing In Schools
February 21, 2011, 1:21 pm
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There is no single test available to test a child for dyslexia. Dyslexia can affect children in different areas of learning as well as in the severity of the disorder. It may take up to ten or more tests to make a firm diagnosis.

If a relatively good student struggles with reading, spelling, or writing the child needs tested. Regardless of whether they have dyslexia, there is clearly a problem. The child cannot receive help until a diagnosis is determined. Different learning problems will require different treatment methods.

Schools are required to test the abilities of all children in their district. Most test to see if the child is eligible for special education programs. However, they are not required to test specifically for dyslexia and many do not. All learning disabilities are not the same, and do not respond to the same treatments. Only one in approximately ten children suffering from dyslexia will be severe enough to qualify for special education.

Most schools do not want to test for the disability before the age of nine or ten, yet a diagnosis can be made as early as age five. If a child is struggling in school, the quicker a diagnosis is made the sooner they can receive the proper assistance. Children suffering from dyslexia will not out grow the problem.

There are signs and symptoms that indicate dyslexia. It is hard for a child suffering from dyslexia to memorize random facts or sequences. Research indicates the disability is an auditory processing problem, not a visual one. Dyslexia children can read up to a point, and learn to compensate by interpreting pictures and clues to grasp the right words. However, by the third to fourth grade these reading strategies start to falter and they read slower than other children will.

Many dyslexia problems show up in writing. Writing is the weakest skill of dyslexia. It usually reveals problems with spelling, and tends to be repetitive in their selection of words. Some show problems with grasping the concept of writing by running sentences together, improper or no punctuation, fragmented sentences, and using an improper mixture of upper and lower case letters.

If a child struggles with any of these symptoms, there is a learning disability of some kind. The child can take a dyslexia test and receive the special assistance they need reducing the adverse effects of dyslexia on their education.

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Music to the ears of pet owners.
November 14, 2010, 9:47 pm
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November 11, 2010, 6:09 pm
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