Could It Be Dyslexia? - Cynthia Dapello
What Does & Doesn't Work for Dyslexics

There is no quick fix for dyslexia, no silver bullet, no pill, or special diets. However, independent, scientific, replicated research supports the use of a reading and spelling system that is simultaneously multisensory, systematic, and cumulative with direct and explicit instruction in both synthetic and analytic phonics with intense practice to be the best solution for dyslexics. The system that I use, The Barton System, is exactly this.

Patricia Vail, author of 9 books on Learning Disabilities, says:
“If your child has trouble in the early levels of school, get help immediately! Do not wait to see if the child will grow out of it. Prevention is always easier than remediation. Learning differences don’t disappear spontaneously. If you worry that receiving extra help will make your child feel different, forget it. Your child already feels different by virtue of what he can and cannot do.”
For more on what experts say on waiting, click here, then navigate to Teaching that Works.

The International Dyslexia Association proved that the following programs will not work to remediate dyslexics:
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Hooked on Phonics
  • The Phonics Game
  • Reading Recovery
  • Vision Therapy
  • Fast ForWord
  • Brain Gym
  • Neurodevelopmental exercises
  • Special glasses
  • Medicine
  • Special diets
  • Most commercial learning center chains, such as:
    • Sylvan
    • Kuman
    • Score
You can read the research by purchasing the Summer 2001 issue of Perspectives by calling 1-800-ABCD-123.

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