If you are a parent or teacher, and you are involved with a child who is struggling to develop language, reading, or writing skills, you may have many questions. If your child is very young, you may wonder if she is developing slowly in these areas but will eventually catch up. If you are a parent, you might have gut instincts about your child’s development, but you may be hearing a different story from her teachers at school. You might wonder if your child’s struggles are caused by attention problems or anxiety, and are not really learning issues.
The first best way to get a handle on these questions – so you can best help your child – is to learn about her learning strengths and weaknesses. If you are worried specifically about literacy – reading and writing – testing and assessment can answer many questions.
There are in-depth test procedures that are available to you and your child, which can identify her strengths and weaknesses in all areas of literacy and language. A child who has several areas of weakness may be identified with Dyslexia or a Language-based Learning Disability. To recognize these kinds of learning profiles in your child is the first step to build a teaching program that can help your child learn in a way that is most effective for her.
Your child’s school may offer in-depth testing that can target all necessary areas. If not, testing outside the school may be the next step. How do you know what this testing should consist of, so that you can best understand how your child learns?
Two organizations – the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) – have deep understanding of reading, writing, and language development, as well as disabilities in these areas. Both organizations have created overviews, which explain what is needed in a testing protocol to identify Dyslexia and other language-related disabilities.
These two documents are included below. I feel like they are both really well-written, and they give you all the information you need to take the next step forward.
Linguistic Foundations can provide your child with testing that falls well within the guidelines of both IDA and ASHA. We also have experience in developing a teaching plan that can address the unique strengths and weaknesses of your child. Please contact Linguistic Foundations with any questions you may have. Thank You.