Why does my child struggle in school?

My child was recently diagnosed with dyslexia.  What should I do?

When parents call us for the first time, they frequently ask these questions. All students begin their time at Syllables Learning Center with a one-hour diagnostic reading assessment. This assessment consists of a carefully chosen combination of nationally recognized tests that provide extensive information in a short period of time. Our research-based measures compare the student to a national sample of students of the same age or grade. We learn why a student has been struggling and we can then develop a plan to address learning difficulties.

We provide additional assessments for students struggling with writing or math, however, these students still must begin with our reading assessment.  This is because problems with writing and math often stem from working memory deficits and issues with reading and pre-reading skills.

What Our Assessments Measure

Reading AssessmentSyllables Learning Center Student taking a Reading Assessment

Written Expression Assessment

  • Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • Organization
  • Event Sequencing
  • Punctuation/Capitalization
  • Diction and Syntax
  • Vocabulary
  • Planning

Math Assessment for Grades K-5

  • Counting and Number Sequencing
  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division
  • Math Fluency
  • Automaticity of Math Skills
  • Math Comprehension

How We Use Testing Results

After a student’s assessment, one of our assessment specialists meets with parents to provide detailed feedback. During this session, we discuss our findings and our recommendations for the best way to help your child. We will provide you with a written report showing your child’s test results. Because the tests are standardized and nationally normed, you can use these results when discussing your child with schools or other professionals.

If your child is a candidate for one-on-one tutoring or teletherapy at Syllables Learning Center, the assessment results will provide our therapists with the information they need to tailor intervention to your child’s deficits, needs, and learning style. Our plans for remediation are based on the pattern of errors exhibited during testing. We perform an error analysis to determine where the student will need the most intervention and to decide the most efficient way to introduce concepts. The initial assessment provides baseline data, allowing us to compare subsequent benchmark testing to measure progress and evaluate program changes.

Contact us to schedule a reading assessment today.

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of dyslexia.