The behaviors mentioned below are key “at risk” behaviors which should be taken seriously by all parents and teachers. Dyslexia cannot be overcome by time, will power or through typical education methods used in classroom education or tutoring. In regard to tutoring, an additional key factor needs to be mentioned. If the child has been receiving individual attention at home, school, through special education LD classes or in a tutoring center and he/she is still struggling, you must get expert testing and proper treatment as soon as possible. Even the child who receives special tutoring will gain less than a year of progress in a year and will progressively become further and further behind until their progress will stop, usually somewhere between the 4th and 8th grade level of reading.

There is hope! Special approaches which require a great deal of one to one instruction have been developed. Some are more complicated than others and all require very special training of the clinician/instructor as well as precise and consistent delivery for them to help the person with dyslexia overcome their reading disorder. The Kurtz Center is one of but a few places in the country which has made it their business to find and enhance these approaches so that success is assured. Getting the appropriate treatment early is best because so many other problems, especially of emotional wounding and behavior, can be avoided. The good news is that this help will allow a person of any age to overcome their dyslexia. We consistently get multiple years of advancement in a matter of weeks. One of our first “students” was our son who at age 20, after years of at home help and 9 years of special education LD classroom tutoring was still reading at the 6th grade level. Within 5 weeks of intensive one on one instruction (4 hours a day 5 days a week), he was reading at the college level.
AGES 3 to 5 – DOES YOUR PRESCHOOLER …
1. Seem uninterested in playing games with language sounds, such as repetition and rhyming?
2. Have trouble learning nursery rhymes, such as “Humpty Dumpty” or “Jack and Jill”?
3. Frequently mispronounce words and persist in using baby talk?
4. Fail to recognize the letters in his or her name?
5. Have difficulty remembering the names of letters, numbers or days of the week?

Up through age 5 a speech and language evaluation and daily treatment is mandatory for best success. At about 5 1/2 most children are ready for the rigors of the gentle, but intense, Kurtz Center program.

AGES 5 to 6 – DOES YOUR KINDERGARTNER …
1. Fail to recognize and write letters, write his or her name or use invented spelling for words?
2. Have trouble breaking spoken words into syllables, such as cowboy into cow and boy?
3. Still have trouble recognizing words that rhyme, such as cat and bat?
4. Fail to connect letters and sounds? (Ask your child: What does the letter b sound like?)
5. Fail to recognize phonemes? (Ask your child: What starts with the same sound as cat — dog, man or car?)

Do not delay. Do not listen to people, no matter their title, if they say one of the following or something like it, “Your child is just immature. He/she will grow out of it”, or “She/he is just a little delayed. She/he will catch up in time” or “Lots of kids are doing this now, but he/she will get it once they ‘want’ to get it”.

It is time to get testing from an expert in Specific Learning Disabilities, especially Dyslexia. Unfortunately, there aren’t many around even though they have the title of School Psychologist and Psychologist. Most have been stuck in old ideology and are slowly moving toward gaining this expertise. The Kurtz Center has a Licensed and Nationally Board Certified School Psychologist and Mental Health Counselor with over 35 years of general experience and over 17 years of specific experience related just to Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disabilities identification and treatment. Treatment will head off many problems and afford years of success rather than failure.

AGES 6 to 7 – DOES YOUR FIRST-GRADER …
1. Still have difficulty recognizing and manipulating phonemes?
2. Fail to read common one-syllable words, such as mat or top?
3. Make reading errors that suggest a failure to connect sounds and letters, such as big for goat?
4. Fail to recognize common, irregularly spelled words, such as said, where and two?
5. Complain about how hard reading is and refuse to do it?

Do not delay. Do not listen to people, no matter their title, if they say one of the following or something like it, “Your child is just immature. He/she will grow out of it”, or “She/he is just a little delayed. She/he will catch up in time” or “Lots of kids are doing this now, but he/she will get it once they ‘want’ to get it”.

It is time to get testing from an expert in Specific Learning Disabilities, especially Dyslexia. Unfortunately, there aren’t many around even though they have the title of School Psychologist and Psychologist. Most have been stuck in old ideology and are slowly moving toward gaining this expertise. The Kurtz Center has a School Psychologist with over 35 years of general experience and over 17 years of specific experience related just to Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disabilities identification and treatment. Treatment will head off many problems and afford years of success versus failure.

AGE 7 AND OLDER – DOES YOUR CHILD …
1. Mispronounce long or complicated words, saying “amulium” instead of “aluminum”?
2. Confuse words that sound alike, such as tornado for volcano, or lotion for ocean?
3. Speak haltingly and overuse vague words such as stuff or things?
4. Have trouble memorizing dates, names and telephone numbers?
5. Have trouble reading small function words, such as that, an and in?
6. Guess wildly when reading multisyllabic words instead of sound them out?
7. Skip parts of words, reading conible instead of convertible, for example?
8. When reading aloud often substitute easy words for hard ones, such as car for automobile?
9. Spell terribly and have messy handwriting?
10. Have trouble completing homework or finishing tests on time?
11. Have a deep fear of reading aloud?

Do not delay. Do not listen to people, no matter their title, if they say one of the following or something like it, “Your child is just immature. He/she will grow out of it”, or “She/he is just a little delayed. She/he will catch up in time” or “Lots of kids are doing this now, but he/she will get it once they ‘want’ to get it”.
It is time to get testing from an expert in Specific Learning Disabilities, especially Dyslexia. Unfortunately, there aren’t many around even though they have the title of School Psychologist and Psychologist. Most have been stuck in old ideology and are slowly moving toward gaining this expertise. The Kurtz Center has a School Psychologist with over 35 years of general experience and over 17 years of specific experience related just to Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disabilities identification and treatment. Treatment will head off many problems and afford years of success versus failure.

Sources: Overcoming Dyslexia, by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.; Straight Talk About Reading, by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats

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