Tina Finch, M.S., CCC-SLP
Becky Kellum, M.S., CCC-SLP
Dyslexia affects one out of every five children. 40% of all fourth graders and almost 30% of all eighth graders score below the basic level in reading on the NAED assessment (National Center for Education Statistics, 2003).
Reading does not develop naturally and it does not come easily to all children. A large number of children experience difficulty learning to read, through no fault of their own. This is dyslexia. According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), reading and spelling difficulties of dyslexia are typically a result from a deficit in the phonological component of language. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding skills. These difficulties are often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities.
Reading failure is preventable. It is possible to identify children who have dyslexia early on and then treat and remediate their difficulties thereby, helping them learn to read.
Tina Finch is qualified to test children for dyslexia. She is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist who specializes in normal language and language-learning disorders, including dyslexia. She successfully completed the 40-hour graduate-level course, Diagnosing Dyslexia. Tina attends many hours of continuing education on a yearly basis. These hours are related to literacy and language. They are sponsored by American Speech-Language Hearing Association and IDA. Tina is a member of both organizations.
People with dyslexia can significantly improve their reading and spelling skills IF they are taught differently.