What are some warning signs of dyslexia?
You can find a list of classic warning signs of dyslexia by age at this website, they include things like slow, non-automatic hand-writing that is difficult to read; slow, choppy, inaccurate reading (with guessing based on shape or context of words, skips or misreads prepositions, ignores suffixes, can't sound out unknown words, etc.); terrible spelling; often can't remember sight words or homonyms, etc.
I suspect my child or student has dyslexia, how can I be sure?
To make an official diagnosis of dyslexia takes a team of several highly trained specialists. You can request for your child to be tested if they are in the public school system, but it can often be a struggle. Although we are not equipped to provide an official diagnosis of this kind, one of our team members has been trained to give a comprehensive screening using various assessment tools to determine if students fit the dyslexia profile. After this screening you will know with confidence whether or not dyslexia is the most likely cause of your child's reading struggles. If you are interested in having your child screened, you can email our screener Gwen Camera by clicking here.
If I'm not sure my child or student has dyslexia, can they still use this program?
Yes! If someone has dyslexia, the system we use is one of the few programs that will actually help them; but those without dyslexia will also find it extremely helpful. In fact, even the tutors often find themselves understanding our language in new and unexpected ways.
The only requirements a student must meet to use the Barton system are:
- They can speak and comprehend spoken English at the second-grade level or better.
- Their IQ is above 70
- They can pass the 10-minute Barton Student Screening, which we can help give them.