The quote in the title comes from an interview with Dr. Sally Shaywitz at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. She is noted for developing "the Sea of Strengths model of dyslexia which emphasizes a sea of strengths of higher critical thinking and creativity" surrounding dyslexia.
Dylexia and other reading challenges are neurological--that is, they involve the way signals pass to the brain for the activity of reading. Sometimes a slow processing speed (the quickness with which the brain reacts to signals) can also interfere with reading and understanding text. When researchers looked at dyslexia--even as long ago as 1896 when dyslexia was first described in writing--they always found that the inability of read did not mean low intelligence. In fact, they often found dyslexia paired not only with intelligence but with creativity.
At first researchers thought that reading challenges stemmed from problems with seeing words: letters turned backwards or bunched together or not caught at all. We now know that the problem is not visual. Instead, it involves the ability to process phonemes, the individual units that make up spoken and written words.
The Orton-Gillingham method used at Windy Row Learning Center gives children techniques and tips on how to process phonemes and shows them how they, too, can learn to read. We offer moral support as well as reading support, because many of these children feel "stupid" or "broken" after years of struggling on their own or even with the loving help of parents and teachers.
To "qualify" for Windy Row, you do not need a formal, medical diagnosis of dyslexia for your child. We conduct some testing right at Windy Row which helps us to pinpoint where your child is struggling. We assign a tutor who stays with your child throughout the year or two of one-on-one tutoring that most children need. We provide financial aid if you cannot afford our full fee for 50 tutoring sessions (a one-hour session twice a week) during the school year.
Please contact us by email or phone. Your slow reader is not a slow thinker. We can help your child prove that.