CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Academic or Educational Problems
Simply put, dyslexia is a life-long disorder characterized by difficulties in reading. Children with dyslexia may mix up letters and numbers, have poor spelling, display slow or laborious reading efforts, or have trouble comprehending the information they read. Dyslexia involves a difficulty with viewing letters on a page and associating the sounds those letters make; this is considered phonemic awareness. Signs your child may have dyslexia may include early language impairment, difficulty pronouncing or decoding sounds or words, understanding differences between similar sounds, slow learning of new vocabulary words, poor copying skills, difficulty remembering content, missing parts of words when reading, using the wrong word when reading a passage, or not comprehending written content. Dyslexia symptoms can be fixed with intensive reading problems targeted an improving the underlying components of written and spoken language.
There is no relationship between dyslexia and intelligence. In other words, having dyslexia is not a cause or effect for low intellectual functioning. People with dyslexia are neither more or less intelligent than their same-age counterparts. However, due to their difficulties they may be perceived as lazy or unintelligent when this is not the case. If not treated, children with dyslexia may have lasting difficulties with writing, reading comprehension, reading accuracy, and reading speed. They may underachieve and fail in school and experience anxiety or depression as a result of their ongoing difficulties. Many schools do not recognize dyslexia as a category for intervention- so children with dyslexia are considered to have a specific learning disability in reading and this can qualify them for services. Unfortunately, the “fix” for dyslexia is a structured, multimodal program 4 days per week for 1 ½ per day and schools usually cannot accommodate this schedule. Even if schools do use effective programs the intensity is not enough to produce a lasting result. And simply working with a tutor or reading more does not treat dyslexia.
When Serin Center specialists diagnose dyslexia, we can refer to programs with measurable results. Often times summer is the best time to undergo intensives because attempting intensives after school is too much work for the child. Some parents pull their children from school temporarily or can request earlier release from school to accommodate intensive remediation. Because of the nature of the hard-wiring of the language and auditory centers in the brain, early diagnosis and treatment is critical. For example, children who display speech delays at age 3 can receive interventions that may prevent dyslexia. Dyslexia often co-occurs with ADHD and other developmental disorders. When this is the case, we recommend treatments prior to the start of intensive remediation so the child can get the most benefit from the intensive.
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)
Source: National Resource Center on ADHD