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schmoois1




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Dec 30 2018, 5:04 pm
Hi
I am a speech language pathologist in Lakewood NJ. I don’t know where you are located? Brooklyn? In any case, I deal with numerous children on a weekly basis who are having trouble with reading and THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CHILD WHO JUST HAS A ‘BLOCK’. there is always an underlying reason. You just haven’t found it yet.
As an FYI you child does have dyslexia as the definition of dyslexia is a reading disability and your child is having difficulty with reading. However, there are several underlying causes of dyslexia.
PM me, I will give you my email address, and you can email me any previous reports you have. I will probably be able to advise which areas haven’t been properly evaluated and what you should pursue. Please don’t just try different ideas without having a clear idea of what the issues are. Again, there is ALWAYS an underlying issue.
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bobeli




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Dec 30 2018, 5:07 pm
Any recommendations of an evaluator in Brooklyn?
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amother




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Post  Sun, Dec 30 2018, 5:09 pm
Please, please have your sons eyes checked by an optometrist who does prisms! My sister went through her whole life with severe dyslexia (the definition of dyslexia is having difficulty reading, so your son has dyslexia) and she just got prism glasses at age 35 and is able to read for the first time!

Please check it out! I don't know where you are located, but actually many have gone to Dr. Alexander in London and they have seen tremendous success!!!
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smilethere1




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Dec 30 2018, 7:43 pm
4pom wrote:
Not OP.
I’ve been looking into the feldenkrais/ Anat Baniel method for my son for different issues. Would love to pm you for info.


You can pm me if you want the info
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oneofakind




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Dec 30 2018, 9:17 pm
Orton Gillingham worked for us when my son was 9. He was a graduate of special ed programs and self contained classrooms (he's very intelligent but has learning disabilities) but after all that, he was reading at kindergarten level. The school said he was "progressing" but if you put a baby book in front of him he had no clue how to start figuring it out so I decided to do this. We went twice a week and did homework religiously and was reading at grade level by the end of the year. We never found the equivelant for Hebrew reading even though we went to numerous high level kriyah people so he still doesn't read Hebrew well. There is an Orton Gillingham school in Brooklyn. I'd call them. We also did some vision therapy (twice, with two different people) and it helped him focus. Whatever amount of money you pay for this, it's worth it, you are mamash saving his life.
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amother




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Post  Sun, Dec 30 2018, 10:55 pm
Op here. I'm so grateful to all who responded to my sons reading issue, and for taking your time to post a reply. We're looking into all these options, suggestions, advice and methods offered. Keep it coming, I believe it's a common issue many people are struggling with and can benefit from these posts.
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pecan




 
 
 


Post  Sun, Dec 30 2018, 11:33 pm
I am a Wilson certified dyslexic practitioner. The fact that your son mixes up letters is a red flag. I think that the most important thing is that he learn to read, regardless of diagnosis. Labels help to know how to address the issue, but the most important area you should focus on is getting him multisensory reading help. Try it for a couple of months. If there is no progress, than that would warrant more research into other areas.
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amother




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Post  Wed, Oct 30 2019, 9:42 pm
Pearl- I would love to hear if u got any smarter. How's your child doing?


I'm having same issues with my ds. He was evaluated several times and hes not dyslexic. He knows the kriah rules, nekudos sounds.... but has hard time connecting the letters into one word. It's as if each letter is own word. Eye dr tried prism glasses which said wont do anything for him. Anyone can guide me what issue can be and how I can help him??? Its so frustrating

Hes automatically behind in class because he doesnt read the sheets from the rebbi so not doing much school work.
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oneofakind




 
 
 


Post  Wed, Oct 30 2019, 10:27 pm
Orton Gillingham worked for us. DS age 9 bright learning disabled unable to be helped by special ed preschool and later self contained class. Was reading at grade level in 1 year.
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pecan




 
 
 


Post  Wed, Oct 30 2019, 10:30 pm
The understanding of Dyslexia has changed. Research has shown that it is an auditory difficulty, not a visual difficulty. If he has difficulty putting sounds into words, that sounds auditory. He needs someone to help him learn phonemic awareness, and phonological awareness, and to use those skills to teach reading. In short, a certified reading specialist
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amother




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Post  Wed, Oct 30 2019, 11:09 pm
pecan wrote:
I am a Wilson certified dyslexic practitioner. The fact that your son mixes up letters is a red flag. I think that the most important thing is that he learn to read, regardless of diagnosis. Labels help to know how to address the issue, but the most important area you should focus on is getting him multisensory reading help. Try it for a couple of months. If there is no progress, than that would warrant more research into other areas.

I dont mean to hijack the thread but my daughter mixes up letters as well but only Hebrew letters. She taught herself the English alphabet when she was 4 maybe even younger. Why would she have a hard time with alef beis and not struggle at all with her abcs?
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pecan




 
 
 


Post  Thu, Oct 31 2019, 9:32 am
Possibly because English is meaningful to her, and therefore more motivating. I assume you are not Hebrew speaking at home, so it's a foreign language to her.
Hebrew is also much more of a phonics based language; she may be recognizing English words by sight rather than "sounding it out."
Poor instruction for Hebrew is also a possibility.
Nobody knows until they've assessed her.
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