Reading Assistance Program
R.A.P., PCA’s Reading Assistance Program, provides individualized instruction along with special resources that will help children progress to the best of their ability according to research-based best practices.
Could it be dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a language-processing disorder that also impacts directionality and the ability to memorize random facts. Dyslexia is inherited. Warning signs of dyslexia start to appear as early as age 1. A child can be accurately tested for dyslexia as early as age 5.
It is NOT rare. It affects 20% of our population, which is 1 out of 5. It is the most common reason a child will struggle with spelling, writing, and eventually with reading. Children with dyslexia CAN read, BUT they have to use different strategies. Traditional reading strategies will fail them by third to fourth grade, if not sooner.
Dyslexic children need a teacher who understands their frustration, understands that thieir difficulties are due to an inherited brain difference, will not give up on them, and will not make them look stupid in front of their friends.
What causes dyslexia?
The National Institute of Health has been studying dyslexia for more than 25 years. The difficulties typical with dyslexia result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities. Dyslexia is not related to intelligence. Most dyslexic people are of at least average intelligence.