Parents and experts said that screening for dyslexia should be introduced at the preschool level, earlier than the current screening at Primary 1 and 2 in mainstream schools.
They do this in Singapore--why not here in the USA??
".SINGAPORE: Parents and experts said that screening for dyslexia should be introduced at the preschool level, earlier than the current screening at Primary 1 and 2 in mainstream schools.
That is because a dyslexic child receiving early intervention could do up to four times better than one receiving help at the age of 11.
The push comes amid renewed calls for a special school catering to dyslexic students.
Nine-year-old Charlene Quek takes over two hours to complete a series of math questions on multiplication -- more than double the time taken by her peers in primary school.
Charlene's mum, Susan Quek, said: "When she was in K2, we realised she had difficulties writing her own name, and in spelling. We also realised she was very active. So the teacher from K2 advised us to take her to the doctor."
After a series of visits to the polyclinic, KK Hospital and finally, the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) which conducted a comprehensive diagnostic test, Charlene was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at the age of six and a half.
She has been attending classes at DAS for almost three years and now uses creative methods to cope with her literacy and numeracy challenges. These include the use of manipulatives in math, and the use of colours, markers, skywriting and sandwriting for spelling.
Susan said: "She's more focused now, because she gets one-to-one attention at DAS. She benefits from the very close learning."
DAS said international research showed that about four per cent of any population will have dyslexia severe enough to warrant intervention. This translates to about 20,000 primary and secondary school students in Singapore alone..."