Children with reading disorders, like dyslexia, face a more difficult educational path than their peers. These disorders negatively affect a child’s accuracy, speed and comprehension. While reading disorders cannot be cured, there are tools and resources to help children manage them.
Our reading disorders therapy helps children with reading disorders build stronger reading, writing and comprehension skills. Our specially trained speech-language pathologists can get to the root cause of the disorder and develop a plan for therapy both in the clinic and at home.
Signs and Symptoms
There are various signs a child may have a reading disorder, like dyslexia. Signs include:
- Difficulty breaking words into sounds and syllables
- Difficulty associating letters with sounds
- No interest in books or being read to
- Difficulty rhyming
- Difficulty recognizing his own name or common names like “mom” or “dad” in print
- Trying to memorize text, especially in older kids
- Difficulty reading aloud
How We Can Help
Because they have extra training, our speech-language pathologists determine the cause of a child’s disorder. They can then apply the most appropriate intervention techniques.
Each participating speech-language pathologist is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach, a multisensory, phonics-based approach to reading instruction.
After a child is evaluated at one of our outpatient rehabilitation locations, he has access to a range of therapy plans, from standard to intensive. The level of therapy depends on his age, goals and disorder. We also offer an intensive therapy plan that includes two to three sessions a week for six weeks.
Reading disorders therapy is most appropriate for children age 4 and up. Each therapy session is personalized, and each family will receive exercises to perform at home. Parental involvement is an important part of therapy. This allows the child to receive the most from his therapy plan.
A doctor’s referral is required for evaluation and treatment.
Call 404-785-7100 for more information.