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Can DORA diagnose dyslexia?

Dear Let's Go Learn, I am a homeschooling mom whose two boys have significant reading delays and I suspect from some reading about dyslexia that this is the problem, but I'm not sure. Will this assessment help me determine if my children are dyslexic? Will the results give me specific direction in reading instruction to help them? Thanks.

Hello, Officially, dyslexia can only be diagnosed by an MD, a PhD, or other certified testing specialist. However, all of the subtests on our assessment examine symptoms that are associated with dyslexia. In regards to dyslexia, I think the most important thing to remember is to "treat the symptoms and not the disease." I used to work at Miami Children's Hospital. The Dan Marino foundation had opened a wing specifically for kids with developmental difficulties. Whenever they had a patient who had trouble with reading, they sent him/her my way. I was the only person there who was not an MD. I found that all those Doctors spent so much of their time, worrying about the specific diagnoses. Sometimes distinguishing the "label" of the diagnosis seemed more important to them than treating the symptoms. So, getting off my soap-box, whenever I encounter parents of kids with reading problems, I advise working with the symptoms and not concerning myself too much with the label. A child, who cannot learn to sound out words, is the same as the dyslexic child who cannot learn to sound out words. About instructional suggestions, each assessment report gives instructional suggestions. However, Unique Reader provides instruction, based on individualized assessment results. Hope this helps. Let me know if I can answer any thing else for you.

Tags: dyslexia, reading assessment, struggling reader

Comments
  1. Anne-Evan Williams
    Reply 10/19/09

    Jill, thanks for writing.  I understand that you are concerned about your son.  If you are worried that your son may have a learning disability, he needs to be professionally evaluated in order to determine the best accommodations to help him succeed!  If you are interested in learning more about his reading level, a DORA assessment online might help you to better understand his strengths and weaknesses.  Good luck!

  2. Jill Sheppard
    Reply 10/11/09

    Please help its me and my son but my son more than me I dont want him to go through what i have he 9 years old

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