If you are a parent or caregiver looking for resources for your struggling or dyslexia reader, checkout these Columbia resources.
Learning to read is the most important academic skill in a child’s life. It is the thread that weaves together knowledge and critical thinking and creates limitless opportunities for independent learning. Some children experience frustration when learning to read because they face challenges like dyslexia. What resources are available for children for children who struggle? Check out these local resources to help you support your child in their reading journey.
I want to learn about dyslexia and connect with parents in my area who have children with dyslexia. Where can I find resources?
Decoding Dyslexia of South Carolina aims to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in SC public schools.
Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity is a wealth of resources from experts; stories from others parents; and tools you can use to help set your children the best possible path. You’ll also discover that you are far from alone.
Understood.org a website for families, educators, and young adults. It focuses on empowering people who learn and think differently and those who support them, offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community.
Reading Rockets Learn about the early warning signs for dyslexia, common myths, and how to help children with dyslexia become successful readers.
Virtual Literacy Instruction for Children with Disabilities Explicit instruction in core literacy skills (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) combined with multisensory supports, are key to helping children with language-based learning disabilities thrive in a virtual learning environment. Try these ideas and online learning tools with your students.
Does the library own reading curriculum to help struggling readers learn to read?
Richland Library’s Education Studio offers a carefully-curated collection of books and materials that support learning through a multisensory approach. The collection includes—but is not limited to—reading curriculums to help children learn how to read. . All About Reading and SPIRE are just some of the Education Studio’s reading curriculum available for checkout.
My child is struggling with reading. Where can I find a tutor?
*Dyslexia Resource Center offer a slew of resources for children with dyslexia including dyslexia screenings, Orton-Gillingham tutoring, and parent workshops.
R.I.S.E-Reading Intervention Starts Early Learning to read starts with letter identification and knowing sound-syllable relationships. The RISE program works with kindergartners one-on-one to help establish a strong foundation in these important skills.
I think my child has a learning difference like dyslexia. How do I get him tested?
Both Richland School District 1 and Richland School District II have several policies and procedures to ensure that the school district will identify, locate, and evaluate all children residing in the district with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. This includes all children ages 3 to 21 who attend public or private schools; those who are home schooled; those who are homeless or are wards of the state.
*Psychoeducation Assessment at the University of South Carolina Each assessment is tailored to meet the needs of the client, but generally assessment services include the evaluation of cognitive, behavioral and adaptive areas of development as well as measures specific to the area of concern. A comprehensive written report is provided to parents that includes recommendations regarding appropriate intervention and treatment services.
Does Columbia have schools that cater to struggling readers and/or children with dyslexia?
PACE Academy. PACE Academy provides an educational experience that enables children in the Palmetto state, including those with reading difficulties, to achieve academic excellence. PACE Academy is the first tuition-free school in the Midlands for dyslexia.
*Sandhills School is a vibrant, non-profit, co-educational day school for bright children in the first through twelfth grades with diagnosed learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.
I have a meeting with my child’s school to talk about her learning difference. What can I expect during the meeting?
Family Connections If your child has a learning difference, they may be eligible for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)or a 504 plan. This plan, created by parents and teachers, will help the school provide accommodations for a child’s specific learning needs. Family Connections is an organization designed to support caregivers by helping to guide them through the IEP process.
My child has a learning difference and could benefit from assistive technology. Where can I find resources?
Hoopla and Overdrive Richland Library has wide collection of audiobooks for ear-reading through the Hoopla and Overdrive App. Audiobooks are a great option for struggling readers because they exercise critical thinking skills, grow vocabulary, and strengthen comprehension skills.
SC Talking Books programis a free library program that brings reading materials in digital audio and Braille formats straight to the homes of patrons from preschoolers to centenarians. Books on digital cartridge, digital talking-book players and Braille books are sent to patrons via the U.S. mail at no cost to users.
Bookshare Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.
What are the indicators of dyslexia?
* Indicates programs or services that may have a cost associated with using them.
Books to Read:
The titles below will help you and your family learn more about dyslexia. Want us to pull books or additional resources for you? Contact us at 803-929-3434 and ask to speak with our Education Studio staff.