In the very first lesson, I will perform a language-processing assessment on your child. This assessment includes a battery of tests designed to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses so that therapy can be personalized to their needs.
This testing allows me to place your child at the appropriate place in the curriculum. If your child needs to start at Level 5, we will skip Levels 1-4.
Personalization Throughout Your Child's Therapy
I will regularly monitor and customize your child’s lessons and practice. If your child is strong in vocabulary but weak in phonological awareness, I might decrease the time and activities each week for vocabulary practice and increase that of letter-sound practice. I can see your child’s practice accuracy and fluency data and can customize lessons/practice to truly meet your child’s personal needs.
Since we don’t need to physically be in the same room for this therapy, we can do it just as effectively online using our digital therapy materials and activities.
Once a week I will work directly with your child in a live 45-minute web-conferencing lesson. In the first part of the lesson I will do a review to make sure your child has mastered the material practiced the week before. After that, I will teach your child the new material in the next lesson using interactive online materials and physical pencil and paper activities.
After the live lesson, I will personalize your child's practice for the week and monitor and receive data of your child's daily practice sessions.
Practice consists of two parts:
Doing it this way, we can let the computer do what it’s good at (rapid responses during your child's independent practice), while you do what can’t be done very well on the computer (vocabulary practice, handwriting practice, etc.).
An interesting fact is that in an average online session, a therapist can get about 80 responses from your child. This is excellent. In addition, in 10-15 minutes of interactive practice, your child will give and get well over 100 responses! This is very meaningful practice.
Every day when your child completes the practice activities, the data is recorded and monitored so that I can assess your child’s progress.
The amount of time for remediation with our dyslexia therapy depends on your child's individual needs, but when done right, it is far more efficient than traditional Orton-Gillingham tutoring.
With standard Orton-Gillingham tutoring, your child would meet with an instructor twice a week and remediation may take two to three years on average.
With Dyslexia Therapy, your child may be remediated in a matter of two or three months, but it could take eight months or more. Your child will work with me directly via web conferencing (or in person) once per week. Your child will practice for the next 4 days through our online software to master the skills.
Many children improve a grade level with professional therapy in about 8 weeks, and students who complete the therapy sessions (there are 26 sessions) improve nearly three grade levels on average.
I don’t need a formal diagnosis to begin improving your child’s outcomes. If you are looking for information about dyslexia, chances are your child is struggling with reading. While a diagnosis will give us some information about why he or she is having a hard time, we can start improving reading without a diagnosis.
If your primary goal is to find out in great detail what is going on in your child’s brain, testing is the way to get that information. But, if your priority is to get your child reading and learning in a way that makes sense to them, then I highly suggest you seek therapy sooner rather than later. As a result you can save you and your child time and frustration and start celebrating their improvement! Start getting help now and get a diagnosis later if you feel it’s still necessary.
Yes. To do this you will need to follow the IRS Publication for medical and dental expenses and have a physician’s recommendation. See the section in the IRS Publication on Special Education for details.
In 2016 the Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses (pdf), the section on Special Education said “You can include in medical expenses fees you pay on a doctor’s recommendation for a child’s tutoring by a teacher who is specially trained and qualified to work with children who have learning disabilities caused by mental or physical impairments, including nervous system disorders.”
When preparing your taxes, it may help to make a copy of Publication 502, circle the pertinent section and send it along, with your physician’s note to your tax preparer.
Potentially, yes. The IRS definition of a qualified medical expense is quite broad and includes therapy for “learning disabilities” (AKA: dyslexia). See page 13 of this IRS publication (pdf). We suggest that customers contact their accountant or tax preparer to determine if they qualify for this deduction. If it appears you will qualify, note that a physician’s recommendation is required.
A physician’s recommendation is generally very easy to get. Here’s how: