The Characteristics of Dyslexia

What exactly are the risk factors and characteristics of Dyslexia across a lifespan?  I have frequently been asked “How do I know that my child has Dyslexia?”  I have an education degree and I’ve worked at the Children’s Dyslexia center in Oriskany for several years, but I’m not an expert.  If you ask me, I can give you some indication but I’d probably refer you to our Center Director, Linda Martin.

I am happy to provide the following information from the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia that was sent to our Center Director.  It details the characteristics, risk factors and accommodations for those with dyslexia.

You can view the PDF here.

2017.05.09 Characteristics Accommodations Foundational Reading

Hopefully it will answer some of the questions that you may have.

New Parent and Teacher Guide to Section 504

The Wrightslaw website is offering a guide to help parents and teachers better utilize Section 504 plans.  Here is just a little of what they have to say:

“Did you know that kids with disabilities who get good grades may be eligible for 504 plans? Yes!  A student may have a disability and be eligible for Section 504 services, including modifications, even if the student performs well academically.  Did you know that all public schools and all public charter and magnet schools that receive Federal financial assistance must comply with Section 504?

Do you have questions about getting services for your child or student with a disability?

The new OCR Parent and Educator Guide is a must read!”

Visit their website here to find out more.


One-Size-Fits-All ?

Individualized Instruction is Not One-Size-Fits All article worth reading!

Richard Branson Writes Letter to Michigan Teen With Dyslexia

“When Victor Reid, a Michigan seventh grader with dyslexia, got a class assignment to write a letter to someone famous, he chose business mogul Richard Branson.

It was an easy decision for Victor. The seventh grader was inspired by Branson’s success. He also knew that Branson had struggled with reading and writing in school.

To read what Richard Branson wrote and more go to this link:

Summertime: What can I do?

ReadingBearLogoBecause we are on reduced hours for the summer, I’ve not posted much lately.  By now your children have been out of school for a few weeks and away from the center for more than a month.  If you give your child some time on the computer during this summer break, you might want to consider letting them explore the website.  It is a great phonics website and it will help your child reinforce what they have learned during the school year and maybe learn something new. teaches over 1,500 vocabulary words and has 50 presentations that cover phonics rules.  According to the website, “Reading Bear is aimed mainly at children learning to read at the traditional ages of 4-7. The concepts, vocabulary, and length of the presentations were designed especially with these ages in mind. But even younger children do enjoy and get something out of Reading Bear.” If you child is a struggling reader or has been at the Children’s Dyslexia center or is on the waiting list – regardless of age – try this site.

There are several settings to use on the site: Sound it out slowly, Sound it out quickly, Let Me sound it out, Audio Flashcards, Silent Flashcards, Audio Sentences and Silent Sentences.  You’ll need to create a log in account and sign in each time you use the site, but it is completely free!

So when you hear the words, “I’m bored…..” consider using this site for learning fun.