The Elephant in the Classroom

The Dyslexia Action Gap and What Parents Can Do to Help

Have you ever had that nagging feeling that something is just not right about your child’s performance in school? You know your child is smart, yet despite working so much harder than his friends, he is struggling. I am here to tell you: Parents, you are not alone! There is a condition called dyslexia that impacts 20 percent of our population.

Dyslexia is a language processing disorder that affects all four areas of language processing: oral speech, auditory processing, reading and spelling/written composition. There is no easy fix, and telling your child to try harder, slow down or read more will not help. That is because dyslexia is neurobiological in origin. That means the brain structure of dyslexics is different. People with dyslexia learn differently. Dyslexic students need proper intervention. The good news is there are many programs out there. The bad news is you won’t find those programs in many of our school systems. The program I use is The Barton Reading and Spelling System, BartonReading.com.

Let me emphasize: teachers are not at the root of the issue. Teachers have rules they must follow, which are set by the U.S. Department of Education, the Florida Department of Education and the Lee County School District. That is the place to apply pressure for change!

My dream is that someday, dyslexic children will get the proper programs of instruction to succeed–for free—within our public school. We are not there yet!

In 2015, I opened a business called Believe Tutoring LLC. My vision: To spread awareness, to support parents, and to provide the right program for kids with dyslexia. I offer a rate that is half that which is charged by other providers. I have crossed paths with 20 courageous and amazing kids over the past two years. Working together, we have achieved success.

“You taught me new ways of how to spell words and help with my reading,” Taylor, a student, says. “I went from a C student to straight-A’s! I am very thankful for you and for my mom having me tested.”

“I can’t say it enough how thankful we are to have found someone like you to help our daughter,” Carlos, a parent says. “She has learned grammatical rules, study techniques and gained confidence. This has been the piece of the puzzle that has helped us learn and move ahead.”

If you are a parent who can relate to this story, a leader within the school district who is interested in spreading awareness through your staff or simply an avid community member looking to support my mission by becoming a tutor or providing monetary contribution, please feel free to reach out to me via email at BelieveTutoring@gmail.com.

Together, we can make a huge difference! I believe! Forward march!