services are offered to schoolage
children and adults who have not acquired proficient listening,
speaking, reading, writing, and/or study skills. An initial
phone, email, or in-person consultation is free. This is a time
to describe your needs and learn more about what I provide.
A Diagnostic Evaluation (90-minutes) is scheduled, and you will
receive a written report of results and recommendations. You
may opt for a shorter screening of basic skills and an oral
report of initial impressions. Reasonable fees make these services
very affordable. What's important is to find out WHY someone
is having unexpected difficulty with learning basic literacy
skills. Feeling "out of it" is very damaging to self-confidence!
teaching techniques are
used. Approximately 15% of the population has dyslexia, the
most common form of learning disability that inhibits a proficient
development of reading and writing skills. It is a condition
that is neurologically based and often appears in several members
of the same family (i.e., a genetic component is present). According
to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), "Dyslexia is
often referred to as a language-based learning disability. Individuals
with dyslexia usually have difficulty with either receptive
or expressive oral language skills, reading, spelling, and/or
written expression. Dyslexia varies in degrees of severity.
If you suspect dyslexia, it is important to have an evaluation
to better understand the problem. Individuals with dyslexia
respond successfully to timely and appropriate intervention."
Fifty years of research have documented the effectiveness of
multisensory methods for teaching individuals who have dyslexia
and other developmental literacy weaknesses.
quality is derived from research-based practices and therapist
experience. Learning challenges are due to a
variety of causes, including poor or insufficient instruction
in the early grades. With 35 years of experience, Charlann Simon
creates a tailor-made course of study for each student. There
is no commercial, lock-step program. All instruction is based
on "diagnostic teaching." That means a student's responses in
one session determine the program content in the next session.
What research shows is that individuals with language-based
literacy challenges (dyslexia) respond most successfully to
systematic, multisensory instruction. For example, they need
to learn "how English works" by manipulating letters to represent
sounds and "playing" with different types of syllables. Spelling
proficiency results from being a "language detective" and learning
which words are predictable sound/letter sequences and which
ones need to be memorized because they are just plain goofy!
English is 85% predictable to a reader or speller if he/she
understands how to "psych out" the symbols in words. Let's begin
to decipher the code.