Dyslexia A Public Health Issue
Forward-thinking health care providers are recognizing dyslexia as a public health issue. They understand that reading struggles in school have serious individual consequences that affect the community as well. Consequences include including mental health and behavioral issues, increased dropout rates and substance abuse, and wasted potential.
These health care providers range from those that team up with neuro-psychologists for assessments and assistance in obtaining services in school to complete reading clinics where students with dyslexia receive the scientifically proven tutoring they require in order to learn to read, write and spell. Many of them develop positive partnerships with school districts.We at The Dyslexia Project applaud these innovative institutional approaches to dealing with dyslexia, and recognize that for a variety of reasons, our schools can’t do it alone. The reasons for this range from lack of proper reading programs and insufficient teacher training in college to longstanding misunderstanding of how to identify and remediate dyslexia.
Our children, especially the 1 in 5 with dyslexia—will be healthier and happier when dyslexia is recognized as a community health issue, and treated with a kind and comprehensive approach. Here’s a sampling of healthcare providers who offer services for children with dyslexia.
Children’s Hospital Colorado (various locations) Maintains Family Health Library, provides assessments, therapy/tutoring services and a parent education series. Check Children’s Hospital Learning
Cooper University Health Care, Stratford, New Jersey Director/Author Richard Selznick (“School Struggles,” “The Shut-Down Learner”). Since 1995, assessments, interventions and individualized services, one-on-one and group instruction. Provides psychological services, remedial instruction that can be contracted with local school district; uses local educational therapists with a wide range of educational approaches, also virtual conferences–Hosting Third Annual Dyslexia Conference—April 16, 2016: “Putting it Into Action, Making Dyslexia Research Come Alive in the Classroom” Plus after-school and summer programs, and a Rookie Reader program for pre-K. Check out the Cooper Health Dyslexia Assessment Treatment Program
Dean Health Systems Foundation Clinic (Various locations, Wisconsin) Provides assessments, individual education plans, tutoring services,consultation with teachers, parent training. Contracts with reading clinic to provide services. Services are provided at Stoughton Hospital and other centers. Endorsed by Dr. Maryanne Wolfe, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University and a research scientist at the Harvard Medical School. (Author “Proust and the Squid”) Checkout the Arnold Reading Clinic.
Nemours Children’s Health System Orlando, FL and Wilmington, DE BrightStart Reading Program, Reading Readiness Toolkit, and other resources for physicians and parents. Read about Nemours BrightStart Reading Program
Rush Health Systems Meridian, MS Assessments and Orton-Gillingham-based program Check out the Rush Health Systems Reading Clinic
Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning, Cox Health Springfield, MO. Assessments and reading program founded by Hospital Administrator who has dyslexia (See Article)
Texas Scottish Rite (Masons) Hospital for Children, Dallas, TX (and several other locations). Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia. Provides Community outreach, educator training, assessments and a reading lab program at no charge. Check out TSRHC Dyslexia Parent Center
for more information about the Children’s Dyslexia Center Masons Children’s Dyslexia Centers (and great resources)
Hospitals With Dyslexia Testing Centers
Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Berkley, MI. Dr. John Frauenheim is the Associate Director at the Center for Human Development at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Berkley, Michigan. There he provides multidisciplinary assessments and treatments/strategies to the dyslexic and LD community.
Interview with John Frauenheim
And visit Headstrong Nation www.headstrongnation.org/tags/beaumont-childrens-hospital
Children’s Hospital, Boston. Assessment, diagnoses, treatment plan. See Program
Children’s Mercy Hospital Pediatrician referrals to Speech Pathology, assessments to help in school. Maintains online reference materials for dyslexia in Kreamer Family Resource Center. Offers classes “Rhyming to Reading for pre-K children”
Hospitals/Health organizations that have information on their websites, but no program
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Extensive information on website from Nemours-Kids Health Understanding Dyslexia
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Provides many resources, “Reach out and Read” volunteer-based early literacy campaign. See Reach out and Reach Out and Read
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Children’s Learning Disorders