Miss Sylvia's Classroom Newsletter

Understanding Dyslexia

Greetings & Happy Holidays!

Here we go… into one of the busiest seasons of the year! I can already tell it is going to be filled with fun! Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and with that being said make sure you take a break, take a breath, take some time for yourself and take lots of pictures and make fun family memories. I can’t wait to hear from the children about their Holiday traditions and activities that they do at home.

This week's newsletter is here to inform you about dyslexia and the resources that may be available to you and your child. Please keep in mind that this is an informational newsletter that is here to provide you with information about specific learning disabilities. Please read through all information and contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding any information you may have about you or your child.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a type of specific learning disability in which a child has difficulties with reading, language and words. The most common areas of difficulty include spelling, comprehension, reading and identification of words. Dyslexia is a lifelong disability but with appropriate intervention, individuals are able to overcome the challenges it poses. Keep in mine that just as no two people are alike, no two people with dyslexia are alike. Dyslexia can rang from mild to severe and can also occur with other diagnoses such as ADD/ADHD. Dyslexia is not the result of lack of motivation or lack of proper instruction.

Early signs of Dyslexia

Dyslexia generally becomes more apparent in elementary school when children begin to learn to read and write, but preschoolers can show early warning signs of dyslexia long before they begin reading and writing. In the early years, dyslexia can affect a variety of language skills that are the building blocks for reading.

The following is a list of common symptoms of dyslexia. If your child exhibits one or more of these signs, it does not necessarily mean that he or she has dyslexia. Diagnosing a child requires extensive evaluation. If your child exhibits many of these signs, however, it is a good idea to talk with their teacher.

Here are some signs of dyslexia:

- Delayed speech.

- Problems with pronunciation.

- Problems with rhyming words and learning rhymes.

- Difficulty with learning shapes, colors and how to write their own name.

- Difficulty with retelling a story in the right order of events.

- A short attention span (ADD/ADHD)

"What we learn becomes part of who we are."

Early Intervention

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is a system of services that helps young children between birth and 3 years old with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping children learn the skills that typically develop during the first 3 years of life. Services are designed to identify and meet a child's needs in 5 developmental areas including; physical developmental, cognitive, communication, social or emotional development and adaptive development.

What services can be provided for children in Early Intervention?

Early intervention services for children include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapies, assistive technologies, audiology services; and psychological services. Services also include training and other services needed by the family to support the child's development.

What is the purpose of Early Intervention?

The purpose of early intervention is to enable young children to be active and successful participants during early childhood years and in the future in a variety of settings, including the home, early childcare and education programs, school, and the community.

The process of Early Intervention

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Contact Information

Please contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding your child. If you wish to seek out more information about early intervention I have provided a list of contacts that may be beneficial to your needs.

Capital Region BOCES - Early Intervention Officials

Albany County Division for Children, Youth and Families
EIO: Deirdre Romanski
Intake: Gina Yarn
Preschool: Karen Jones

ECS Psychological Services, P.C.

ECS Psychological Services, P.C. provides treatment for children struggling with anxiety, Asperger's/autism, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral problems, and bullying. ECS also provides treatment for depression, divorce, learning disabilities, social skill deficits, and trauma (physical, emotional, and sexual).

Early Intervention Program, New York State Department of Health

Brad Hutton