The New Yorker recently (February 11, 2015) published an article on the latest research into dyslexia, including the connection between dyslexia and executive functioning.
These studies have indicated that the first three years of reading, from kindergarten to grade 3, are the years where the greatest strides can be made to overcoming reading challenges. The potential for reading problems can be observed even in pre-schoolers who have trouble with concepts like first and last, cannot sing the alphabet song in any sort of order, or have trouble following directions in games that their peers can follow, among other indicators.
To help parents and educators recognize potential reading problems, including dyslexia, as early as possible, Windy Row has created a workshop that explains the dynamics of dyslexia, including strengths (such as creativity) that come with reading challenges, and explains how educators can best help children in the classroom. This workshop, which includes the latest research, is about 1.5 hours long and can be given to groups of any size (a minimum of 10 people). If you or your organization is interested in the latest research and techniques for recognizing and responding to reading challenges, please info [at] windyrow.org (contact) Windy Row. We will arrange to come to a convenient location for your group.
Our goal is to make sure that the latest information is available to parents and educators to benefit the many children who are undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or struggling in silence to keep up with their grade level in reading. When a child cannot read, school becomes a very unhappy place and the original problem becomes overlaid with emotional and behavioral issues.
If you are concerned that a child you know may have a reading challenge, including dyslexia, please reach out to Windy Row Learning Center. We offer after school and summer programs based on one-on-one individualized tutoring; there is no need to wait until September to begin. Contact us any time by phone or email.