Hi to everyone! I'm happy to have found this site. I have an 11 year old daughter. I've been confused as to whether she is dyslexic, has vision problems, or is in need of more phonics work or all three. She loves books and is always "reading" but I am more and more concerned that there is a problem. I'm reading several books by the experts such as Straight Talk About Reading by Hall and Moats; A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine, M.D.; The Well-Trained Mind by Bauer & Wise; and I've requested Parenting a Struggling Reader by Hall & Moats from the library. I asked my daughter to read selections from five books of varying levels. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, The Interrupters, p. 58. She read Benji, Carol, arrangement, and forsythia incorrectly. Forsythia was pronounced "frostia". In the American Girls book Kit, p. 1, she had trouble with clackety, Kittredge, pointer; Little House in the Big Woods, p. 131, in the passage "coming to the dance", she skipped the word the. When I asked her why she skipped it she told me, "I didn't see it." The Jungle Book, p.9 the word scratched was read scorched and stretched; tips was read as tipes, tumbling was trumbling and squealing was squirreling. In the Sign of the Beaver, p. 1, the word admit was read ambit, spruce was spurce, stumps was strumps and cedar was cendar. In the last example, the word Aztecs was zactecs. She saw the z first not the A. I know this may be difficult to follow but from these examples can you offer an opinion about what you think the problem is. She still reverses b & d. I have just started to use TWRTR but I only have the text. Do you recommend I get anything else? Also, when she reads alone, she doesn't read silently. I asked her why she does this and she told me, "I can't hear the words if I don't read out loud."
Lived in Oregon for many years, moved to Pa and hope to be back out West sometime soon, depends on husband's job situation. We really miss the mountains and wide-open spaces.