When children struggle with reading, spelling, and writing, their parents often feel at a loss as to how to help and where to turn for guidance. Common questions include: Does my child have dyslexia? What is dyslexia? What is multisensory instruction? What does remediation involve? How is dyslexia assessed? Who should do the assessment? What is the school’s role? What about private vs. special education assessment? What are the implications for the future? Even with information readily available on the internet, parents are overwhelmed, confused, and unclear about the appropriate direction to take. Offering readers the same support and honest advice he gives the parents he sees in his practice, in this new book Dr. Selznick uses plain language to make dyslexia understandable and cut through the confusion. It’s like sitting in a living room, chatting with a knowledgeable relative or friend who's concerned about your child. Dr. Selznick offers hope but remains grounded in realityhe doesn’t sugar-coat the issues. His 25 essential points include the definition and characteristics of dyslexia, how dyslexia is assessed, how to approach remediation, and tips to help you and your child conquer the most common learning disability.
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About the Author
Dr. Richard Selznick is a psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, assistant professor of pediatrics, school consultant and Wilson-certified reading instructor. He is the Director of the Cooper Learning Center, a Division of the Department of Pediatrics/ Cooper University Healthcare. Dr. Selznick is the author of three books: The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child ( 9781591810780), School Struggles: A Guide To Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success (9781591811787), and Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts for Schools & Parents (9781631925894). He has presented to parents and educators in places as far as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and throughout the United States. A down-to-earth communicator who presents complex issues without jargon, he strives to help parents “get it.” Dr. Selznick has a particular passion and interest for helping parents understand dyslexia and related reading disorders. He is the host of an internet-based radio show, School Struggles, where he discusses a range of topics, including dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, and challenging behavior in children. He is also a facilitator of parenting groups with the program Parenting the Love & Logic Way and is called upon by local community groups to offer his understanding of parenting and raising children in the 21st century. You can follow Dr. Selznick on Twitter (@DrSelz), on Facebook (The Shut-Down Learner), and on shutdownlearner.com. His radio show can be found at thecoffeeklatch.com/the-coffee-klatch-team/. He lives in Haddonfield, NJ, near Philadelphia.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Part I: Understanding Dyslexia Essential #1: The Definition of Dyslexia Essential #2: Know the Myths About Dyslexia Essential #3: The Weaker Language Functions Are at the Heart of the Matter Essential #4: Work for Improvement, Not a Cure Essential #5: Reading, Spelling and Writing: A Package Deal 'Essential #6: Understand Extrinsic and Intrinsic Factors Essential #7: Most People with Dyslexia Are “Lego Kids” or “Visually Creative” Essential #8: Matthew Effects Are Powerful – Act Early Essential #9: Dyslexia Erodes Self-Esteem and Confidence Essential #10: Dyslexia Is a Mixed Bag – There Are Strengths and Struggles Understanding Your Child with Dyslexia: A Recap Part II: Assessment Essential #11: Necessary Components of an Assessment Essential #12: Dyslexia Assessment: “A Process, Not a Score” Essential #13: Finding the Right Evaluator Essential #14: Understanding Active Working Memory Essential #15: The Name Game Explains Phonemic Awareness Essential #16: Private Assessment and Special Education Assessment Essential #17: The Curse of the Gray Zone Assessment: Summary and Takeaway Points Part III: Intervention and Instruction Intervention and Instructional Considerations Essential #18: Multisensory Methodologies: The Primary Ingredients Essential #19: The Decoding Hurdle Essential #20: The Orton-Gillingham Programs Can’t Be Rushed Essential #21: Improvement Does Not Always Mean Immediate Fluency Essential #22: Make Things Visual Essential #23: Maintain a “Two-Column Mindset” Essential #24: Dyslexia into Adulthood Essential #25: The Trajectory of the Positive In Conclusion