When children aren't learning to read, we should change the way we teach them! Science tells us that there ARE effective ways to teach more kids to read, including kids with learning differences like dyslexia. Unfortunately, many Maryland schools are not using evidence-based reading interventions.
Many Maryland school still rely on ways of teaching reading that are not very effective overall, and are disastrous for children with dyslexia. The result of this is that only 35% pf 4th graders in Maryland are proficient in reading. The good news is that the same approaches that help kids with dyslexia learn to read are effective for all kids, whether they are diagnosed, identified, or not.
Beyond what should be done in the classroom, students with language based learning disabilities like dyslexia need to be taught using structured literacy methods which are explicit, systematic, cumulative, and diagnostic, which is supported by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Some concerns you should consider discussing with a special education attorney:
We can work with you to identify your child's needs, track and document reading progress, and make sure they are getting effective, evidence-based reading interventions.
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