A concerned parent of a child with dyslexia does research better than the FBI..why? because often they report the classroom teacher knew very little about dyslexia
Where do I start?
The journey to leaning more about your child, dyslexia and what they require need not be daunting. ADA are here to simplify the process and help you, your child and their class teacher (school). ADA also offers specialist accredited educators for further assistance.
What do parents report to ADA about their past experiences?
Many parents report that they have been on what ADA call ‘the wild goose chase’, that is, that they have tried many places, collated many tests and reports all costing a considerable amount of time and money only to find that they still have no support at school for their child. Some parents state they have a report but the school doe not know what to do with it. ADA can assist you to and the school in working productively to help your child.
What do parents state they want?
ADA has spent many years meeting and listening to what parents require and expect.
- Clear identification ( if it is dyslexia, then please call it dyslexia)
- Information on dyslexia and or similar challenges
- Information on how they can assist their child at home, outside of school and at school
- Ways they can advocate for their child at school and their child’s legal rights and schools’ responsibilities
- Further information on support groups and resources
- Ongoing support leading into High School
How can ADA assist you, your child and school?
From the very start, ADA recommends a set of processes that are collaborative and involves the parent, the child and very importantly the school (however some may choose not to include the school). ADA feel that it is imperative that the school is part of the ADA set of processes, after all your child spends a great deal of time at school. ADA believes that it is essential to have your child’s classroom teacher (each year) onboard to assist your child reach their full potential throughout their educational journey.
Keep in mind that if your child is assisted outside of school, then the class teacher needs to be aware also, so that changes can occur in the classroom. These changes are often referred to as adjustments (modifications and accommodations).
The process of assistance recommended by ADA for the parent, child and school:
Understanding & Rapport
There are a number of schools that are becoming specialist ADA trained schools who provide outstanding models for other schools to learn from. A great Australian school model: Click
Additional information most parents also seek
ADA can assist with these commonly asked questions:
How can I communicate my concerns to the class teacher surrounding my child’s self efficacy/self esteem?
How do I communicate to the school the type of instruction that my child along with others will benefit by?
How do I advocate for what my child requires in the classroom?
How can I assist my child’s self esteem and self efficacy?
There are a number of schools that are becoming specialist trained schools who are self sufficient and who provide outstanding models for other schools to learn from. A great Australian school model: Click
How can ADA assist you further?
ADA accredited training options for your child’s school and or teacher
Specialist and accredited educators for 1-1 instruction if required
For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADA recommended websites: see parent article, Click