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Student Triumphs over Dyslexia and Auditory Processing Disorder

My son has been diagnosed with dyslexia and auditory processing issues. For many years we struggled to get the help we needed for him to become successful in his learning.

On our journey with our son we met many well meaning people who wanted to help with different reading strategies and phonics programs, but none seemed to work for him. Because you never outgrow dyslexia, we felt stuck.

Then we learned about the NILD program. Our son began NILD therapies his sixth grade year of school. At the time he was reading on a second to third grade reading level. NILD has changed his life.

Through his therapies, he has continued to make progress every year. I recently had the privilege to watch an NILD session of my sons. I was amazed and it brought to tears as I watched my son, who at one time could barely read, read words he had never read before! I watched as he did a practice called “Rhythmic Writing.” Here was a child with dyslexia and auditory processing issues who struggles with working memory. During this process he was able to answer math problems quickly and correctly. Through “Rhythmic Writing” I was amazed how the brain was able to process multiple things quickly and retrieve the information quickly!

My son is now in the ninth grade and has made amazing progress academically and socially. He reads better than I ever dreamed he would and he has the necessary strategies to sound out college level vocabulary.

My son is dyslexic, he always will be, but with NILD he has been given the strategies to be successful in school and begin planning for college. I highly recommend NILD taught by a trained therapist. It has made all the difference in our lives!

From the Parent of a 4th year NILD student.
September 2014

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National Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Dyslexia Month

What is dyslexia?

It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

People with dyslexia often have average to superior intelligence. Many are gifted in math, science, fine arts, journalism, and other creative fields. A list of such people would include Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill and many others who have changed the course of our world. However, their tremendous strengths are offset by noticeable weaknesses.

Some of the signs associated with dyslexia include:
• Difficulty learning to speak
• Trouble learning letters and their sounds
• Difficulty organizing written and spoken language
• Trouble memorizing number facts
• Difficulty reading quickly enough to comprehend
• Trouble persisting with and comprehending longer reading assignments
• Difficulty spelling
• Trouble learning a foreign language
• Difficulty correctly doing math operations

These difficulties stem, not from a physical problem with the eyes or ears, but rather from the basic neurological functioning of the brain. Psycho-educational batteries of formal and informal tests are used to determine patterns of strength and weakness as compared to intellectual ability. Testing not only helps identify dyslexia, but NILD uses formal and informal testing data to determine the best kind of instruction for each learner.

Can those with dyslexia be helped?

Yes! Every human brain is created with a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses. We each have certain areas that make sense to us easily as well as areas of difficulty that require outside explanation and extra effort to understand. NILD Educational Therapy® is a direct, language based intervention with over 40 years of success for students with dyslexia. Our focus is to strengthen the underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. Our therapy is individualized and aims the intervention just above the student’s level of functioning and raises expectations for performance. Our therapeutic, cognitive-based intervention unlocks learning potential and transforms defeated learners into competent, confident individuals.

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The IDA has accredited NILD’s therapeutic, research- based, individualized approach, grounded in test and observational data, addressing all components of reading within a cognitive development framework.

NILD’s Executive Director, Kristin Barbour, was invited by the IDA to serve on a committee to work on establishing the knowledge and practice standards of reading for IDA’s national assessment development. The IDA certifies university programs and individual organizations offering training in literacy.

Kristin Barbour works with IDA

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