Dyslexia Coach of N.J., LLC

Jennifer K. Slaight

Certified Dyslexia Specialist
Monmouth County, N.J.
Bergen County, Somerset County, Ocean County, Middlesex County

Private tutors for children & adults

JenSlaight@gmail.com
(732) 882.9695
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Diagnosing Dyslexia
Effective and accurate testing in Monmouth County

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1 out of 5 people have dyslexia according to the National Institutes of Health.  Could it be you?

Variations in development are normal.  Most children have problems with learning and behavior from time to time.  However, a consistent unevenness may indicate an underlying learning disability.

Dyslexia is the most common reason for reading problems and can be diagnosed as early as age 5.

First, look for these classic warning signs:

Having just a few of these symptoms listed below,
indicates a STRONG possibility for dyslexia.
(if the person has at least average intelligence)

These difficulties
do not impair
intellectual ability or creativity

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Ages 3 to 5 
(Pre-School and Kindergarten):

  • Delay in speaking
    (In general, children say their first words by age 1 and first phrases are spoken by age 2.)
  • Still had "baby talk" past age 5
    (By age 6 children should have little problem saying most words correctly)
  • Does not show interest in sounds of words like rhyming
    (Most pre-schoolers enjoy games with sounds and rhyming but children with dyslexia are less sensitive to rhyme.)
  • Difficulty with clapping a simple rhythm
    (Before first grade 90% of children can count the number of syllables in a word)
  • Left vs. Right confusion
    (School age children should know their left from right easily)
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • Has a close relative with dyslexia
    (Up to 1/2 of the children born to a dyslexic parent will have dyslexia themselves.  Scientists have recently isolated specific, dominant genes related to dyslexia)

If your pre-school child struggles with language, rhymes and pronouncing words, don't keep your worries to yourself.  Reading problems are not outgrown, they are persistent. Virtually all children who have difficulties early on, will struggle with reading when they are adults.

We screen and diagnose dyslexia for children just entering school, at ages 4 and 5.  We also have brief tests that evaluate a child's learning style.  Click below for more information.

Ages 6 to 14
(Elementary School - 1st through 8th grade):

  • Terrible spelling
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
  • Extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading
    (In 2nd grade, before 3rd, an average student should be able to to read accurately and smoothly)
  • Difficulty telling time on a clock with hands
  • Cannot memorize multiplication tables
  • Horrible handwriting

Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and identify each sound within a word, as well as the ability to substitute sounds, to delete sounds and to blend sounds.

92% of children who lack phonemic awareness at the beginning of first grade will fail to learn to read, except by memorizing words. Lack of phonemic awareness is the best predictor of children headed for reading difficulty.

High School and Beyond

  • Does not read voluntarily or for fun
  • Extremely poor written expression
  • Limited vocabulary
  • Poor word retrieval, often says "thing" or "stuff"
    when they can't recall a word
  • Unable to master a foreign language
  • Poor grades in many classes
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • Take the 20 question test below:

By adulthood, many dyslexics will have developed sophisticated compensating strategies that may mask their difficulties.  We have proven, easy to use assessment tools to screen and diagnose dyslexia in adults, quickly and accurately!


Synonym:
(noun)

A word used in place of one you can't spell


It's never too late to 'learn how you learn'! 


Also look for these indications of strengths:

  • Curiosity
  • Great listening skills
  • Great imagination
  • Ability to figure things out
  • Eager embrace of new ideas
  • Getting the gist of things
  • Good understanding of new concepts
  • Surprising maturity
  • Large vocabulary for the age group
  • Enjoyment for solving puzzles
  • Talent at building models
  • Excellent comprehension of stories read or told
  • Excels in areas not dependent on reading
    such as:

Math, computers, and visual arts.  Great with subjects including: philosophy, biology, accounting, marketing, design and creative writing.

People with dyslexia often have significant strengths in areas controlled by the right-side of the brain, such as:

Artistic, athletic, and mechanical gifts; 
3-D visualization ability;
 
musical talent;
 
creative problem solving skills;
and intuitive people skills.

Dyslexia and how the brain works 

In addition to unique brain architecture, people with dyslexia have unusual "wiring". Neurons are found in unusual places in the brain, and are not as neatly ordered as in non-dyslexic brains.


Full Screening

If you suspect a reading problem or dyslexia after reviewing the warning signs above, the next option is to schedule a screening test for further evaluation.

See if your child fits the dyslexia profile.

Our Dyslexia Consultants will:

  • use 8 screening tools to see if your child fits the dyslexia profile.

  • Then we will compile the data

  •  and supply a written report

  • and include helpful resources that fit your students learning style.

  • Our goal is to help your child reach their acedemic goals and better understand their learning style by using their strengths

Allow 2 hours to complete the screening. Screenings are done in Manalapan or our mobile unit.

These screening tests adhere more strongly to the current research emphasis on phonological processing and short-term memory as key factors in dyslexia.
 
Our philosophy is to get accurate results
with the
minimum amount
of intervention and remediation (and cost). 
Simply recognize their cognitive strengths so they can independently overcome their weaknesses,
in any setting.
 

We believe that too much intervention can inhibit the strengths that come with dyslexia.  We don't enforce labeling either.  Our goal is to have each student reach their fullest potential by recognizing their individual learning style. 

Simply put:

Learn how you learn!

~Jen Slaight
Certified Dyslexia Specialist
Dyslexia Coach of NJ

JenSlaight@gmail.com
(732) 882-9695

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