Defining Dyslexia

Children learn to speak, listen, read, write, and reflect in different ways and on different developmental timetables. However, some children are tested and labeled as having a reading disorder, learning disability, or dyslexia. The exact nature and causes of dyslexia are still under investigation. Therefore, dyslexia is hard to define. Diagnosing and remediating children as having dyslexia is currently controversial. Conversations between schools and homes can be delicate, especially during virtual learning due to the pandemic. Compassionate conversation can be practiced in all spheres of life, but is crucial when a child’s literacy growth is at stake. Restorative literacies can help parents or other caregivers to sort out the contentious division between proponents of the science of reading and balanced literacy. Parents can develop ways to work with educators to decide what is best for their own child’s literacy development and instructional needs.

A gentle reminder: While Restorative Literacies is not a direct tutoring service, it can provide coaching on interpreting assessment reports completed by schools and/or outside agencies and the process of choosing a prescriptive reading program or tutoring services.

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