My son was diagnosed with four categories of learning differences. I am reaching out to you for help to locate therapeutic reading materials for his complex dyslexia profile. For example, his reading comprehension was assessed at grade-level-equivalent of 10.9. However, his accuracy rate is at grade 2.7. He also exhibits high orthographic substitutions and struggles with elision. So far, we’ve had difficulty finding strength-based therapeutic materials that target his areas of need.

Dr. Pierson's Response: 

I am sorry that you are having difficulty finding resources, but I am glad that you found DyslexiaHelp. We don't have a lot of materials that are "strength-based" per se to use when working to remediate reading disorders.. Your son needs a structured literacy approach. The individuals on the provider list from the International Dyslexia Association for your state should be well versed in this approach. I would recommend reading Overcoming Dyslexia (2020) by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. She wrote the book for parents, and therefore, it is accessible and informative. It will help you understand what your son needs in the way of intervention.

A structured literacy approach will address his areas of need relative to decoding (i.e., accuracy), and his challenges with phonological awareness (e.g., elision) and learning the rules of our English orthography. I recommend Dave Kilpatrick’s Equipped for Reading Success (2016) for ideas for phonological awareness. Another good resource is Marcia Henry’s Words (2010). Given that he is older (I’m assuming by his comprehension), he will need work with Latin and Greek roots, as well as prefixes and suffixes to read the multisyllabic words in order to access the curriculum. I have some information here about morphology.

You’ll also want to be sure that he is listening to audiobooks that are above his reading level, but in line with his comprehension level. This is very important so that he has access to vocabulary, literate forms of language (i.e., inference, figurative language, humor), and the same information that his peers do. And, as I note in this piece, reading books of interest is a great way to get our kids engaged in reading text. I hope this gives you some ideas to do with your son as you try and find someone with the skills to work with him.