FAQ Page

Does LexiAbility screen for dyslexia?
LexiAbility’s dyslexia consultants have the training and experience to specifically screen for dyslexia.

With a thorough parent interview, records review, and an extensive battery of standardized tests and assessment tools, we can determine if your child fits the profile of dyslexia according to the research-based definition of dyslexia. Our report will list findings, recommendations, and
accommodations.  If you need formal diagnostic testing, please call us and we can provide you with qualified referrals.

What makes LexiAbility’s dyslexia tutoring effective?
Our instruction method follows a specific sequence and scope – grounded in multisensory methods and repetition – that creates changes in the brain, making it more receptive to language processing. This type of Orton-Gillingham approach is most effective one-to-one and takes 18 months to three years to complete.  There is no other substitution for this scientifically-based and proven method.

LexiAbility dyslexia specialists understand the intensive and nuanced work that is involved in multisensory instruction for dyslexia and we are highly trained to provide this service.

Myth: My child can read. My child can’t have dyslexia.

Fact:  Dyslexia cannot be identified by reading ability alone. Bright children with dyslexia learn to read using compensatory reading systems. This type of strategy involves memorizing the shapes of words and will fail as a child’s reading vocabulary begins to outstrip their visual memorization capacity.

Contact LexiAbility if you have a bright child who is performing at grade level, but you still suspect is struggling. We can help determine if your child has dyslexia with an extensive screening or provide a referral to a qualified psychologist.

Call us at 816.863.7331 or email us at lexiability@gmail.com.

Myth: My child will outgrow dyslexia with time or effort.
Fact: Well-trained dyslexia professionals can help you determine whether your child has dyslexia as early as age five. Dyslexia does not go away and is not a “developmental delay.”  The longer a child has to wait for proper intervention, the harder it becomes for a child to catch up.

Contact LexiAbility if you have been told to “wait to test” or you keep hearing your child needs to “try harder.” The worst thing to do is wait. We can help you find the right resources immediately.  

Call us at 816.863.7331 or email us at lexiability@gmail.com.

Myth: My school will provide appropriate services for dyslexia.
Fact: Schools do not provide remediation specifically for dyslexia. This is why children with dyslexia struggle despite years of phonics and reading tutoring, Title 1, speech therapy, and auditory awareness training.

Contact LexiAbility to find out why we are the area’s premier specialists in remediation for dyslexia. We can explain why and how we use Orton-Gillingham based instruction and the science behind what we do.

Call us at 816.863.7331 or email us at lexiability@gmail.com.

Myth: My child is struggling with spelling, reading, writing and/or math but I was told that my child did not have dyslexia.
Fact: Most school psychologists, medical doctors, optometrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, reading and resource specialists, special education teachers, and classroom teachers have NO specific, extensive training in dyslexia. As a result, dyslexia is persistently misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and unidentified.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that dyslexia affects one in five children— yet most are unidentified and “falling through the cracks.”

Contact LexiAbility if you suspect your child has dyslexia, but you were told they have “something” else or even “nothing” at all. Call us at 816.863.7331 or email us at lexiability@gmail.com.

What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is caused by an inherited brain difference that affects 20 percent of the U.S. population.  Dyslexia is not the result of intellectual disability, poor effort, or sensory impairment.

Those with dyslexia have difficulty processing the smallest parts of language called phonemes. This difficulty becomes apparent in reading, spelling, arithmetic, and handwriting—to varying degrees.

People with dyslexia require an alternate method of instruction. Independent, scientific research proves the most effective instruction for teaching reading to those with dyslexia is with an Orton-Gillingham based methodology.

Unlike most reading specialists and special education teachers, LexiAbility consultants are specifically trained and experienced in Orton-Gillingham instruction.  

Are there strengths associated with dyslexia?
Dyslexia is associated with great strengths that include spatial talents, narrative memory, interconnected thinking, creative problem solving, intuition, and excellent physical coordination skills. Many famous and notable people have dyslexia including:

  • Vince Vaughn
  • Henry Winkler
  • Tom Cruise
  • Danny Glover
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Jay Leno
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Kiera Knightley
  • Thomas Edison
  • Albert Einstein
  • John Lennon
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Ansel Adams
  • Charles Schwab
  • Agatha Christie
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Ted Turner

LexiAbility appreciates the struggles that accompany dyslexia and we celebrate its strengths, too. This balanced perspective is essential to our approach and our success.