Our programming is systematic, yet flexible enough to meet the needs of individual clients. We believe the meaning of individualized goes beyond a one on one setting. Each student has a targeted path for achievement; our goal is to ensure that the foundational skills needed for reading and spelling are well developed. We engage students by capitalizing on their strengths.
FixLexia utilizes an approach referred to as structured literacy; a speech to print, multi-linguistic approach. Individuals with reading and spelling difficulties often have difficulty connecting speech sounds (phonemes) with letters (graphemes) fast enough. The “delayed” connection can negatively impact a person’s ability to “sound out” (decode) words; thus, affecting reading fluency and comprehension.
Put simply; structured literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, word recognition, phonics and decoding, spelling, and syntax at the sentence and paragraph levels.
It is fair to say that all children benefit from structured literacy instruction. However, children with dyslexia and other reading-related difficulties require structured literacy instruction to improve their reading, writing and spelling skills.
While it is important what type of instruction will improve literacy skills, it is equally important to state what will not enhance a child’s reading and spelling skills. Balanced Literacy (previously referred to as whole language) does not systematically and explicitly teach phonological awareness, phonics or decoding. children how to decode words. Contrary to a widely held belief, individual word reading is not “context dependent.” Meaning, a child that has difficulty sounding our words does not learn to read better by looking at picture clues or by word guessing. Poor readers rely on word guessing; skilled readers do not. Likewise, repeated readings will not improve fluency when the underlying phonological skills are not well developed. While reading to children is always encouraged, “just keep reading” is not useful if children are not taught how to decode words. If a child is spending a lot of time “trying to figure out individual words,” they can't focus on improving their fluency or comprehension. While reading instruction requires much more than learning how to decode words, without efficient decoding, fluency, and comprehension suffer.
Learn more about the differences between balanced literacy and structured literacy from the Iowa Reading Research Center.
We have been told time and time again by our clients that our evaluation reports provide concrete, actionable items for how to best to remediate and accommodate deficits associated with Dyslexia and other reading-related difficulties.
Clinical evaluation is the foundation when developing individualized action-oriented intervention plans. It is not enough to know that a child struggles to read or spell. The goal of our evaluations is to find out WHY a child is struggling with reading; but importantly, what can be done to help that child improve.
FixLexia offers comprehensive language and literacy evaluations. If a child meets the clinical criteria for a language or literacy disorder, our clinicians can diagnosis. Examining a child's academic needs should be ongoing and generated from multiple sources. The main objective for continuous evaluation is to identify specific areas of need and to define appropriate interventions to remediate areas of concern.
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