As a parent there is nothing I wouldn't do for my children. I would move mountains to help them be as successful in life and overcome any obstacle. So I get how these parents must feel because the story is the same. They have pursued a variety of different therapies and tutors. Things seem to work for a short period of time or initially but the long term gains simply aren't there and as the child moves through school it becomes more and more obvious that the child continues to struggle.
It is these stories and families that continue to push me to learn as much as possible to help children. Because of the huge need I have pursued every opportunity possible to gain the skills to teach children to read no matter what the obstacle is that is interfering with them mastering that critical skill. There is not one method that is the cure all or the best. A multi sensory structured language educations (MSLE) approach is PROVEN to be the most effective method for children with Dyslexia and related reading disabilities. The problem for some is there are too many choices and it can be difficult to determine which method best meets the need of that specific child.
Research indicates that the MSLE programs are very comparable as far as content taught. There is variability in how taught but to be considered a MSLE approach there is a specific criteria the program must meet. So why do we continue to see children who are receiving this type of intervention but are not making the expected progress? Often it is because the program chosen is not the best fit for that child's profile of strengths and weaknesses. Research proves that the most influential factor in promoting success for the child is the level of training of the person providing the intervention.
It is critical that we train ourselves and others in the best methods available and learning one method sometimes isn't enough. There is always one child that will not fit neatly into a specific profile that results in instant and sustainable progress. Those children are the ones that continue to push me to look for more tools to put in my tool box. So, help us spread the word about Dyslexia and promote trainings in our area. This is how we will change the lives of many children who are needlessly struggling. There are lots of options available we just need to make them available.