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B.E.A.R. Reading Center

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South Bend, IN 46601

What does the word dyslexia mean? 

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 The word dyslexia comes from the Greek language: means "difficulty with", means “words”, and means “abnormal condition”. The dyslexic individual has challenges with spelling, reading, written language, and sometimes with math and spoken language.  
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What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It 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. 
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Could my child have dyslexia?

Typical characteristics of dyslexia or a specific learning disability in reading:
  • Difficulty saying the alphabet correctly in sequence
  • Difficulty forming the shapes of the letters
  • Difficulty writing the alphabet correctly in sequence
  • Errors in naming letters
  • Reversals of orientation of letters or sequences of letters in words when read or written:
    • e.g.      b - d, was - saw, quite - quiet
  • Difficulty in learning and remembering printed words
  • Repeated spelling errors
  • Difficulty with handwriting
  • Slow rate of reading and writing
  • Difficulty with reading comprehension

How common is dyslexia?  

Fifteen (15) to twenty (20) percent of the population has some degree of dyslexia. This is more than all other learning disabilities combined.

Eighty (80) percent of the students with an identified learning disability in language usually are dyslexic.

An individual with severe dyslexia has an obvious problem with language from an early age. These are the children who are most likely to be diagnosed early due to the severity of their symptoms

Has anyone famous ever had dyslexia?

There are many famous people who have dyslexia.
  • Albert Einstein
  • Thomas Alva Edison
  • Robin Williams 
  • Tom Cruise
  • Galileo
  • Beethoven
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Isaac Newton
  • Herman Melville
  • President George Bush
  • Robert Kennedy

For a more comprehensive list  check out this article.    

How do we get a diagnosis? 

A formal evaluation by trained professionals must be conducted to diagnose dyslexia. Sometimes a child's school is able to conduct the necessary testing to identify a learning disability, and sometimes diagnostic testing needs to be done by outside specialists (at a hospital or through a clinical psychologist).

Contact B.E.A.R. Reading Center for more information about screening and/or a diagnostic evaluation.  

Is there a waiting list?

Yes, applications are placed on a waiting list without regard for ethnicity, gender, religious, or financial considerations.

Where do the tutoring sessions take place?

Tutoring takes place at 427 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601 in a state of the art secure facility with a parent waiting room.

What type of progress could I expect to see with my child?  

Each child learns concepts at a different pace depending on the child’s unique learning challenges. Here is an example of a graph which illustrates progress over a four-year period using standardized measures of achievement.