The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) adopted the following definition of dyslexia:
Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
It is estimated that 10 – 15 percent of the general population has a reading based learning disability. Of those individuals, approximately 80 percent have dyslexia. Children and adults with dyslexia are often not identified and/or do not receive the appropriate remediation they need to learn to read, write, and spell despite the fact they have the intellectual capacity to learn.
Tamara James has been trained by the Dyslexia Training Institute of San Diego to assist individuals with dyslexia and their families in school settings. Additionally, she is equipped to implement interventions based on the Orton-Gillingham approach.
Services for Children and Adults with Dyslexia
- Reading Instruction/Remediation – implement the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach for reading comprehension and fluency development
- Advocacy – work with families and the school districts to ensure laws are respected and children in the tri-state area are receiving the services they need