Download "Learning Disabilities: What to Know and What to Do" with useful information for parents on how to detect signs of a learning disability and when and how to get your child the help they need.
Common signs of dyslexia:
In Middle / High School:
Do you think that your child may have dyslexia or another learning difference? What now? Email or call us and we can help you navigate the process. Call 540-989-6641 and ask for CrossWalk, or email Kit Prillaman, the director of CrossWalk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orton-Gillingham instruction is a multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing, spelling and math skills customized to the individual needs of each student.
Instructors directly teach the phonics and linguistics of the English language and writing in a systematic manner. Teaching is diagnostic and prescriptive—each teacher seeks to understand how each child learns and devises an appropriate teaching strategy for that student. Instructors address the whole child, meaning they work to ensure they leave CrossWalk with the tools to succeed in any learning environment, giving them back confidence and, more important, a love of learning.
Recently, our teachers completed an intense training in math instruction for students with language-based learning differences.
Instructors closely monitor the student’s progress in order to identify and analyze individual needs. Material is presented in a sequential way that ties new concepts with past material. Lesson time is structured so students are comfortable and know what to expect each day when they enter the classroom. Teaching is also directed towards providing the experience of success, increased self-confidence, and motivation.
Resources for Current Families:
Download our "Pre-reading Explained" document which outlines the benefits of pre-reading, class reading and re-reading with your dyslexic child when assigned class reading.
It’s important to know that while dyslexia impacts learning, it’s not a problem of intelligence. Kids with dyslexia are just as smart as their peers. Many people who have had to live with dyslexia have gone on to successful careers. That includes a long list of actors, entrepreneurs and elected officials.
Students don't outgrow dyslexia. True remediation can only happen when the child has a consistent approach and support in the classroom and at home. Along with their own professional development, CrossWalk sponsors a number of relevant lectures and learning opportunities presented by industry experts for families of CrossWalk students. (Above: Jamie Martin, a leading advocate for the use of assistive technologies leads an iPad class for families in 2017.) A CrossWalk teacher makes herself available not only to her student, but to the student's family as well—as a resource, support system and educator.
In addition, we recommend the following websites as resources:
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