What Parents Should Know about Reading: Important Words the Experts Use

At Windy Row Learning Center, we often hear from parents and guardians who are hesitant to say that their child is dyslexic. That is why we stress our ability to help with reading (and math) challenges regardless of the official diagnosis. If your child is behind grade level in reading and falling further behind, please contact us. Even if your child does not have a medical diagnosis of dyslexia or learning disability, you are right to be concerned. Here are some words you may have heard in connection with your child:

  1. Orton-Gillingham: an internationally known program of multi-sensory, structured but flexible techniques for teaching reading
  2. Phonemic awareness: how words can be segmented into discrete sounds (for example, how to sound out cat)
  3. Phonological processing: understanding how letters and sounds go together (for example, that d and t have different sounds)
  4. Reading disability: a condition where someone has difficulty reading because of neurological reasons (that is, the brain processes reading in a different way); dyslexia is one example
  5. Reading fluency: the ability to read quickly and smoothly
  6. Word decoding: recognizing single words in isolation or recognizing the parts of a multisyllable word (for example, recognizing "close" in "enclose")

Windy Row provides testing that shows the areas where your child might be haivng the most difficulty with reading. We have access to several renowned programs in addition to Orton-Gillingham and will put together the exact, individualized program that will give your child the right kind of help in the right areas. We are attentive, too, to the shame and confusion children suffer by their inability to read and keep up with peers.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our fees are based on income and scholarships are available. Whatever your concerns, please info [at] windyrow.org (contact) us today. We welcome your questions.