The National Institute of Health defines dyslexia as:

Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. Dyslexia can be inherited in some families, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia.

One of the most common reasons for a child’s difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling is dyslexia. Parents and teachers may feel something is just not right with the child’s abilities in these areas yet the child excels in other areas. Since dyslexia presents differently in many children, it often requires someone with experience to recognize its characteristics.

WHCA has a certified consultant and nine dyslexia tutors who are trained in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. WHCA students receive Barton tutoring during their school schedule. After-school tutoring is available for students who do not attend WHCA and are diagnosed with dyslexia. Summer tutoring is also available as schedules permit. Dyslexia screening is available year round.

For more information on dyslexia screening and Barton tutoring, please call us at 248-887-6698.