Dealing With Reading and Learning Disabilities

Dealing With Reading Learning Disabilities

Thirty years ago, dyslexia was almost unheard of among most Americans. Now, it is a commonly recognized learning disability.

While this has proven to be a positive thing for the treatment of reading learning disabilities, there are still many misconceptions about dyslexia. For example, approximately 60% of people affected by attention deficit disorders (ADD) have some form of dyslexia. Learning disabilities in general are often linked to social and emotional problems. For mild cases of dyslexia, programs that exist in your school district may be sufficient. For more severe cases, however, schools for dyslexia may need to be considered. When you are faced with deciding whether an in-school program, outside treatment, or special school is the best course of action for your child, it might be helpful to ask the following questions:

  • How severe is the problem?
  • How far behind has your child fallen?
  • How intelligent is your child?
  • Are there additional learning disabilities to consider?
  • Have any social skill problems developed?
  • Are there any additional emotional problems to address?
  • If your child shows signs of multiple disorders, such as dyslexia and ADHD, social skill deficiencies, or emotional issues, a specialized school that can address all of these concerns is probably the best strategy.
Evaluating Schools for Dyslexia

Choosing a specialized school is a major decision. You need to make sure that the institution you select is able to address all of your child’s relevant issues and not just reading learning disabilities. Often, the right boarding school could be an excellent choice for adolescents and young adults with special needs. Unlike day schools for dyslexia, Brehm School is a boardding school that is able to address multiple concerns in a safe, controlled environment. Perhaps the most telling statistic about a school is where their students go after graduation.

88% of Brehm graduates continue on to colleges, junior colleges, technical or vocational schools. When you find the proper school, you give your child the best possible chance of achieving his or her full potential.

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