IMG_3888Reading is fundamental to a student’s long-term success in the classroom and beyond. Yet, many bright and hardworking students struggle to read. The underlying cause of their reading difficulties may be dyslexia – one of the most common and most commonly misunderstood learning differences.

Dyslexia is a specific learning difference that is neurobiological, characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, poor spelling and decoding abilities, or difficulties with reading comprehension. Dyslexia does not correlate with intelligence or motivation. In fact, quite the opposite is true. These children are working overtime to decode information, yet may fall behind their peers in fluency and comprehension. As children move into elementary school, signs of dyslexia include trouble sounding out new words, inability to remember details in what was just read, lacking an interest in reading or books, or mixing up the order of letters.

At Riverside School, we use the Orton-Gillingham Approach, a tried and true approach to working with students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences. All of our students receive one-on-one reading instruction that is multisensory, individualized, structured, and emotionally sound. We provide small class sizes and a nurturing environment. For many of our students, Riverside isn’t just a school. It’s a family. It’s a place that they feel comfortable and can learn with fellow students who think and learn differently, just like they do.

If you’d like to learn more about dyslexia and see if Riverside School is the right place for your child, sign up for our Admissions Open House on February 16, 2017. This is an opportunity to learn more about our school, talk with our teaching faculty, and hear from our students first-hand about the impact Riverside has made on their ability to read and to learn. Register online or call (804) 320-3465.


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