What is Dyslexia?

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002


– Dyslexia

– Dysgraphia



“Our daughter, Harper, began seeing Anna for some reading challenges she was experiencing.  Despite a home life filled with literacy, and a school education with wonderful teachers, Harper just needed a little extra.  The progress Harper has made in a relatively short time is so impressive.  Harper’s self-esteem has gotten a huge boost, and the pride she feels in working with Anna is evident.  We cannot thank Anna enough for what she has done for Harper!” – Carin Griffith

Does your child struggle with spelling, reading comprehension, or has a diagnosis of dyslexia?

We offer a variety of literacy services with Anna, who is trained in and utilizes several different approaches including Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, and the Barton Method.


The OrtonGillingham Approach (OG) is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia. The basic purpose of everything that is done in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, from recognizing words to composing a poem, is assisting the student to become a competent reader, writer and independent learner.

The Barton Reading & Spelling System

The Barton Reading & Spelling System is an intense intervention program that is influenced by OG and is research-based. The system was designed by Susan Barton to help students who struggle to decode (read) and encode (spell) words and who are slow & inaccurate readers. 

Seeing Stars by Lindamood-Bell

Seeing Stars by Lindamood-Bell is a program designed to enhance the automaticity of symbol imagery for phonological and orthographic processing. Improving orthographic processing can assist with sight word recognition, sounding out words, phonemic awareness, reading fluency and spelling.

“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

What are the signs and symptoms?

The following are the most common signs and symptoms of Dyslexia:


Delayed speech in preschool


Late establishing a dominant hand - preschool


Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet - preschool


Has a close relative with dyslexia


Can't remember sight words (they, were, does) - elementary school


Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading - elementary school


Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read) - elementary school


Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade - elementary school


Limited vocabulary - high school


Extremely poor written expression - high school


Poor grades in many classes - high school


All of the above plus being a slow reader, reading a page 2 to 3 times to understand, or terrible speller - adults

*Information taken from www.brightsolutions.us and dyslexiaida.org

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