Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that refers to a cluster of symptoms pertaining to difficulties in developing different language skills. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with spelling, writing, reading, and word pronunciation. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can vary at different stages of development. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can hinder a student’s academic success in a typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) recommends a three-pronged approach for effective dyslexia education:
- Accommodations: In the classroom, a student is allowed materials, an alternative environment, and/or a different curriculum format in order to gain access to content.
- Modifications: In the classroom, a student is given a change in the curriculum, such as a reduction in the number of assignments.
- Intervention: Programs or curriculum that utilize Structured Literacy (Orton-Gillingham) instructional techniques are research-based and a best practice for students with dyslexia.
The dyslexia specialists at Hoover Learning Group are certified by (or are en route to certification by) the Academic Language Therapist Association (ALTA), in partnership with the International Dyslexia Association. Certification in Structured Literacy programs indicates that these specialists are qualified to provide instruction in phonology, sound-symbol association, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, and semantics in a systematic and cumulative format, engaging all modalities of learning (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) in both small group and individual sessions.