October is Dyslexia Awareness month, a time to spotlight a condition that many students struggle with on a daily basis. Northwest Christian Schools is pleased to offer services in their Learning Center to help students dealing with dyslexia or other learning struggles when classroom support is not enough.

The Learning Center offers screening for dyslexia, reading, and math and offers support for students needing additional help. The dyslexic program uses the Susan Barton Reading and Spelling Program which is an Orton-Gillingham based curriculum. The Orton-Gillingham method has been research proven as the most effective way to teach a dyslexic student how to read, write and spell. Students typically finish the program in three to five years.

For students who do not fit the dyslexic profile, NWC offers support through a separate program using direct instruction reading curriculum. The Learning Center also offers a math support program offering two options: direct instruction or a multi-sensory program.

NWC also has partnered with Spokane Speech Language Pathology in order to offer parents an on-site option for students who may benefit from speech therapy.

When asked how the dyslexic program benefitted their child, an NWC parent said, “It is giving her the skills that she needs to read, write and spell successfully. After two years she is almost reading at grade level, and knows more spelling rules than I do! I only wish we had found it sooner!”

For more information contact Michelle Gibson 509.238.6700 x141 mgibson@nwcs.org.