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Lexia reading - is it really helping my daughter?

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kalpamum Wed 10-Apr-13 14:11:24

DD is 12, yr 7. She is severely dyslexic along with other difficulties with a statement. Since starting secondary she has been put on Lexia reading (foundation) She has completed 3 levels now but I cannot see how this is helping. He single word reading isn't that far behind, her difficulties with reading are fluency and keeping track. When I have questioned school regarding how they are supporting fluency, sentence structure, grammar and comprehension they say Lexia is supporting this. I am struggling to see how and feel they are pulling the wool over my eyes. Out of 12.5hrs support she is pulled out 1 hr a week to sit in front of a computer to do lexia and work shark. Wordshark is also a waste of time as spelling set are Yr1/2 spellings and her spelling isn't that bad, assessed as 9yr old. School commented that there are some area where she has not done so well on the lexia, but when I mention that this is due to her listening skills (lowest1%ile in auditory processing) they just seemed to change the subject.
I am wondering whether to tell them to stop pulling her out of lessons to do these as they are not supporting her personal difficulties and she is missing a drama lesson which I feel due to her speech and language difficulties (that are not being supported either) is much more important. She hates doing Lexia and at the moment is again very reluctant to read to me. Her quote last week was "I wish I never had to read again"! On her I.E.P is to read to someone once a week but this has never happened unless I write a note and it happens that one week!

Any advise would be helpful. I would like to approach them with a different way they should be supporting her reading. Or am I missing something regarding how Lexia will help.

ilikemysleep Wed 10-Apr-13 23:17:42

Well, I don't know this particular programme but it does sound like your daughter is suffering from 'untargetted intervention syndrome' which is pretty common in secondary schools. They have an intervention and a staff member who does it and it's 'for dyslexia' and your DD 'has dyslexia' and so therefore it has to be appropriate for her and they can pat themselves on the back for running dyslexia specific programmes. The fact that they don't appear to have assessed what your daughter's needs are in relation to her dyslexia or made sure that the programme is in her 'zone of proximal development' (just beyond what she can currently do alone) is irrelevant. It's also one of the dangers of a 'blanket descriptor' like dyslexic (or autistic!) in that it can cause 'shutters' to come down and people stop assessing the child's actual needs and just see the label and a generic off the shelf easy to administer intervention.

I would be inclined, if I were you, to see if you can get a referral to an audiologist who assesses for Auditory Processing Disorder as if she is assessed by them she will be likely to get a more detailed 'intervention menu' that is specific for her needs, and APD may be a more helpful label if her single word reading and spelling are not too bad, than dyslexia - in helping people to understand what she needs. Also, as not so many people think they know what APD is compared to the number who think they know what dyslexia is, her senco may be motivated to do a bit of research and she may get a better targetted intervention programme.

Good luck smile

kalpamum Thu 11-Apr-13 08:58:36

Thanks ilikemysleep, Yes my dd is definitely suffering from 'untargetted intervention syndrome' No targetted intervention for maths, literacy (other than lexia and wordshark) speech & language, vocabulary, fine motor skills, sensory, vestibular, auditory, and visual stress as mentioned in statement. The answer I get from school is they are supported within the curriculum!

There is no audiology service in my area, I have just written another letter complaining and requesting a referral out of area. I doubt we will get one.

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