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Dyslexia

At Bridell, we recognize that some students, including those who suffer from dyslexia and attention disorders, require additional help. In order to meet such students' unique learning requirements, we have adopted the right practices to teach them how to succeed. Both our staff and teaching methods have proven success records of academically accelerating students who need an extra boost.

Bridell is here to help and can transition students into independent learners and make learning enjoyable. Our special needs program is designed specifically for students who exhibit three or more of the following symptoms.

In Preschool  
  • Delayed speech
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Constant confusion of left versus right
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • Inability to list words that rhyme
  • Mixing up of sounds and syllables in long words
  • Severe reactions to childhood illnesses
  • Late establishment of a dominant hand
  • Trouble memorizing the alphabet or personal information such as address or phone number
   
In Elementary School
  • Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read)
  • Extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • Terrible spelling
  • Recurrent inability to remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)
  • Difficulty telling time on an analog clock
  • When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
    • Frequently uses non-words, such as “whatyamacallits” or “thingies”, in place of precise language
    • Common sayings come out slightly twisted
  • Extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
    • Guesses based on shape or context
    • Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    • Ignores suffixes
    • Inability to sound out unknown words
  • Trouble with math
    • Memorization of multiplication tables
    • Memorization of a sequence of steps
    • Directionality
  • Dreads going to school
    • Complains of stomachaches or headaches
    • Has nightmares about school

In High School

Any of the above symptoms plus:

  • Limited vocabulary
  • Inability to master a foreign language
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • May drop out of high school
  • Extremely poor written expression
    • Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
  • Poor grades in many classes
 

College Bound

Education history similar to above plus:

  • Reads slowly
  • Spells poorly
  • Still has difficulty with right versus left
  • sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick
  • Has to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
  • Difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
    • Dreads writing memos or letters
  • Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
 

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