Has your child received a letter from his/her school stating he/she failed a Dyslexia Screener?
In accordance with Mississippi Code Ann. § 37-173-15, each local school district must screen students for dyslexia in the spring of Kindergarten and the fall of Grade 1 using a State Board of Education approved screener. The screener must contain the following components: Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, Sound Symbol Recognition, Alphabet Knowledge, Decoding skills, Encoding skills, and Rapid Naming. If the student fails the screener, the parent or legal guardian will be notified of the results of the screener.
Your child may have received 2 letters, one in their Kindergarten year and one in their first grade year.
What do you do now?
One of the first things you can do is contact Illuminations Center for Dyslexia at 601-484-7430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
When you contact Illuminations, one of our knowledgeable staff members will be able to answer your questions regarding dyslexia, dyslexia evaluation, tutoring, and dyslexia therapy.
What you should know:
Schools do not have to evaluate for dyslexia, they only have to screen children to determine who might be at risk.
Children with dyslexia can learn how to read and write successfully.
Dyslexia therapy is available to your child in person and on-line even as you wait for results of evalution.
Your child may be receiving remediation at school. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, all students not making progress should receive "tier" interventions. As a parent of a child with dyslexia, look for instruction that is:
Very frequent for sufficient time.
All skills for reading, spelling, and writing are explained, directly taught, and modeled. Children are discouraged from guessing at words.
Systematic and cumulative
The concepts follow a logical, sequential order, from simple to more complex; each new concept builds upon previously introduced concepts, with built in review to aid memory and retrieval.
Step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts.
To link listening, speaking, reading, and writing together; we involve movement and “hands-on” learning.
All in one hour sessions designed for mastery, quick pace, and FUN!
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 95% of children can achieve grade-level grading success with specialized help early. The core of Illuminations methodology evolves from the Orton-Gillingham based methods: a scientific, universally-successful, specific teaching approach that combines auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning modalities.
Most of our therapists are trained in Alphabetic Phonics or a derivative, Neuhaus Basic Language Skills, earning a master's degree and certification by the Academic Language Therapy Association. Some are certified by the Children's Dyslexia Centers, and other by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and the International Dyslexia Association. All our therapists are highly trained to deliver structured literacy in direct, explicit lessons designed for your child.
We can deliver therapy in person or online. We are a Lexercise Certified Structured Literacy Provider.
We craft each schedule according to your child's needs, taking into consideration extracurricular activities and your family's time constraints. We ask that you commit to at least 50 sessions per semester for maximum growth.
Package pricing is available, and discounts for prepayment can reduce costs significantly.
Therapy (3-5 days per week): $45/session
Tutoring: $30/half hour
Lexercise: $395-$495 a month depending on current promotional codes and grants stipends.
Financial Aid for families that qualify.
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