Pediatric Reading Disorders Therapy
Children with reading disorders 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
What is Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a specific language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a collection of symptoms that result in children having difficulties with certain language skills, particularly reading. Children and teens with dyslexia may also have difficulties with oral or written skills, such as writing and pronunciation.
– 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability.
– Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.
– A child with dyslexia has low reading levels, but often average or above-average cognitive abilities.
– Dyslexia is often referred to as a “reading disorder that belongs to the family of learning disabilities.” The two terms are frequently used interchangeably.
Can You Treat Dyslexia?
Just like any other reading disorder, our speech-language pathologists will develop an individualized treatment program specific to your child’s needs. This plan will be designed to help them reach their full academic potential.
How We Can Help
Our team of speech-language pathologists have extensive training in order to determine the cause of your child’s disorder. Each participating speech-language pathologist is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, which is a multisensory, phonics-based approach to reading instruction.
After a child is evaluated at one of our clinics, they have access to a range of therapy plans, from standard to intensive. The level of therapy depends on their 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 reading screening can help determine if a child has a reading disorder. We offer screenings for children ages 4 to 8. If the child is older than 8, we recommend a full reading assessment instead of a screening. Please contact our office at 720-542-8737 to schedule a screening.
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