Turning to the Experts

Yale Center - accessing strengths

One of the online dyslexia resources at the top of my list is the website of The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Founded by Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, the Center’s mission “is to uncover and illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia, disseminate information, practical advice, and the latest innovations from scientific research, and transform the lives of children and adults with dyslexia.”

They do a wonderful job, and the website is an easy portal to their ideas and achievements. The site offers an audio version of many of the pages.

On this rich website, you’ll find not only the expected “expert” information, research and advice, but also tips from the “Real Experts” — students who have dyslexia and share their ideas for effective work and study habits. There are success stories from people of all ages, plus profiles of “famous” dyslexics. There are timely articles on summer planning and on summer programs for dyslexic children. There’s a very helpful guide to reading-related skills, beginning with early pre-school, excellent book lists (here and here), links to articles — and much, much more.

Whatever your most trusted resources, if your child struggles with reading, writing or spelling, the most important first step is a professional evaluation. No matter where you live, your child can be tested and treated individually, face-to-face, online, by the clinical educators at Lexercise. Learn more here, or contact me directly at AskSandie@Lexercise.com or 1-919-747-4557.
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Sandie is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience in the private practice sector. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and founder/owner of the Language & Learning Clinic, PLLC, a private practice in Elkin, NC, and Greensboro, NC, specializing in communication disorders, including disorders of reading and written language.