As an instructor, administering dyslexia therapy can be a bit nerve racking. You see, our students do not trust educators anymore. What is different about us? Do we have a magic potion that will suddenly reveal the code that will let them read? I respond, “No, but you can trust me anyway.” But why? Why trust me?
I’m currently taking a course with the Academy of Orton Gillingham and finishing up my practicum. I work directly with a fellow, and he has helped me navigate this pressure to answer the question, “Why trust me?” I’ve learned it is not about knowing all the student’s educational gaps as we start therapy, it is about knowing how to identify them as they appear. Through this practicum, I have learned that no student’s profile will illuminate the road map to success from the start but not to worry! The gaps will absolutely reveal themselves over time. And, when they do, it’s time to get to work. Dive into that crevasse and slowly fill it with knowledge. This approach contains the magic in what we do.
One of our core values at Read Write is love of learning. Joyful and genuine curiosity applies to teachers and students alike, even though we may be learning different things. These opportunities to engage in professional development are the source of our magic. Constant growth as educators allows us to diagnose difficulties our students experience, and prescribe research-based solutions. Anyone can purchase the curriculums but not everyone can teach the curriculums effectively. Our commitment to professional development gives each instructor the confidence and support they need to educate each unique child with a language based learning disability. This commitment is our magic potion.
About the author: Lydia Price is a Barton Certified instructor at Read Write Baldwin County. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Hollins University and is currently pursuing the Associate level Certification from the Academy of Orton Gillingham. When she's not working on professional development, Lydia enjoys a good barbecue, laying in the hammock with a book, and visiting with friends.