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So, you think your child has Dyslexia?

What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia has been established scientifically for many decades. It is an unexpected
difficulty in reading without correlation to intelligence or grade level. Find our more
in the links below.
http://www.dys-add.com/dyslexia.html
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/whatisdyslexia.html
http://ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptomswarning-signs-in-children-pre-k-to-grade-2
http://www.ncld.org/learning-disability-resources/ebooks-guides-toolkits/dyslexiatoolkit

At what age should we test a child for Dyslexia?


Professionals with extensive training can accurately diagnose dyslexia as early as age
5. Early identification can allow for your child to get appropriate instruction. Do not
delay.
http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/ld-testing/testing-for-dyslexia
http://www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org/resources.html

How do you identify your child has Dyslexia? What is an


evaluation? Why should a child have one?
Schools are required to identify and evaluate all students with a disability. Find out
more in the links below.
http://www.ldonline.org/article/20450/
http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/ld-testing/parents-perspective-takingprivate-route-for-ld-evaluation
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/child.find.mandate.htm
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So, you think your child has Dyslexia? (continued)


What if you disagree with the schools evaluation or a more in
depth evaluation is needed? What is an Independent Education
Evaluation (IEE)?
IDEA gives families the right to have your child evaluated independently from the
school.
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/test.iee.steedman.htm
http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,regs,300,E,300%252E502
http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=8697
http://www.specialeducationadvisor.com/independent-educational-evaluations-iee/

Requesting an Independent Education Evaluation Sample Letter


With an IEE, the school may request but not require an explanation as to why you
disagree with the schools evaluation. NYS Procedural Safeguards Notice requires
school districts respond without unreasonable delay.
http://www.ldonline.org/article/14621/

Now what, your child has Dyslexia what is appropriate


instruction?
Instruction that is based on science and taught by a teacher trained/certified in that
particular method. Ask for credentials and experience. Be informed. Ask Show me
the Evidence.
http://www.interdys.org/FactSheets.htm (under appropriate instruction)
http://www.dys-add.com/getHelp.html#anchorReading
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/article_print.php?a=ABOUT_Shaywitz_MajorStepForward

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So, you think your child has Dyslexia? (continued)


Where else can I find out more?
There are many great resources out there. A few links are provided belowwww.decodingdyslexiany.org
http://www.scribd.com/doc/220300541/Decoding-Dyslexia-NY-Advocate-EducateLegislate-4-25-14
http://www.interdys.org/InsInt.htm
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/
http://www.dys-add.com/
http://www.wrightslaw.com/
http://www.ncld.org/
http://www.dyslexiatraininginstitute.org/

What are NYS laws on Special Education? Federal Laws?


http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/formsnotices/psgn/psgn713.htm (NYS)
http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/default.htm (New York City only)
http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home (Federal)

Help! I dont understand the acronyms.


Join the club but we hope the link below helps.
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/acronyms/
www.DecodingDyslexiaNY.org
INFO@DecodingDyslexiaNY.org
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