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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Learn More About Atlanta Speech School’s Wardlaw School for Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, estimated to affect 1 in 5 children, yet the most publicly misunderstood. Children who are dyslexic are bright yet struggle with reading. More than 20% of the population is dyslexic, yet many remain undiagnosed, untreated and struggle with the impact of their dyslexia. 

It's important if you notice signs of dyslexia in your son or daughter to mention it to their school officials. There are many resources available that can help your child overcome or deal with dyslexia. Oftentimes in communities of color dyslexia may be overlooked. However, with treatment and early direction your son or daughter can be helped. 

Did you know the Atlanta Speech School’s Wardlaw School is recognized nationally as one of the top programs in the country for children with dyslexia? The School develops an individualized plan for each student based on how that child learns best. Rather than being trained in only one multi-sensory approach, such as Orton-Gillingham or Wilson, Wardlaw teachers learn multiple methods to provide instruction best suited to teach each child in their class. 

According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), some children who are dyslexic “manage to learn early reading and spelling tasks, but later experience their most debilitating problems when more complex language skills are required, such as grammar, understanding textbook material, and writing essays.” The Wardlaw program goes further than just teaching children to decode in order to address the issues uncovered by IDA. It uses an Integrated Intervention Model© to allow classroom teachers to collaborate with Reading Specialists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and the Wardlaw Director to develop a plan that fully addresses each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

The experience held by the staff, both individually and collectively, helps set the program apart. All teachers in Wardlaw have master’s degrees and above, with a continuing focus on professional development.

Learn more about dyslexia and attend a free screening and panel discussion. 

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia – Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Atlanta Speech School Love Auditorium

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it.

Learn more about Wardlaw by watching this video here:

There is no charge to attend the event, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register visit:
The Atlanta Speech School has a long history of serving children with dyslexia. In addition to having a Language and Learning Disabilities Department on its campus, the School served as the outsourced special education department of the metro-Atlanta school systems from the mid-1950s until federal law required that school systems provide their own services in 1975. The Language and Learning Disabilities Department is now known as the Wardlaw School, and it is recognized nationally as one of the top programs in the country for children with dyslexia. Click here to learn more about the Wardlaw School.

1 comment:

  1. It is amazing how far our society has come to help people with learning disabilities BUT you are so right, we have much farther to go!!