If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, you are looking at a range of options for assisting your child. One option that some parents explore are special schools for dyslexia.
While that may be an option for some families, the reality is that the best schools for dyslexia aren’t necessarily schools – at least not in the way that we think of them.
Disadvantages to schools for dyslexia
Nearly all traditional schools for dyslexia fall into the category of private schools – which have several disadvantages for most families.
- Finances: There’s no getting around the fact that private schools are expensive and can put a significant dent in a family’s finances.
Depending on where you live, private school tuition can exceed $52,000. That number doesn’t include costs such as uniforms, school outings and supplies.
If the tens of thousands of dollars of private school tuition aren’t in your family’s budget a school for dyslexia may not be an option for your family.
- Geography: Dyslexia doesn’t just impact children in urban areas where private schools are plentiful. Families struggle with dyslexia in farm towns and suburbs, on islands and on ranches, in national parks and in ski towns. If your family lives far away from a private school, sending your child to a dyslexia school may involve the additional costs of room and board.
For many families, even if money is no object, the idea of boarding school is not one that works for their relationships with their children.
- Psychological impact: Dyslexia can have a dramatic impact on a child’s self-esteem. Struggling to read and spell can lead to a child who feels slow or incapable. Being sent “away to school” or to a “special school” can exacerbate those feelings of inadequacy.
Alternatives to a dyslexia school are available
Dyslexia therapy offers several advantages over sending your child to a special school for dyslexia.
Availability: Dyslexia therapy is offered via video-conference. No matter where you are located, your child will have access to Certified Academic Language Therapists who will guide your child through a multi-sensory program of explicit, systematic instruction that will help them with reading and spelling. By meeting four times a week, they will be provided with what they need to overcome the challenges presented by dyslexia.
Affordability: The costs for dyslexia therapy are significantly less than the costs of private school tuition. Contact us to discuss the specific costs for your child’s Dyslexia on Demand program.
Emotional support: In additional to guiding your child through a proven, research-based program with trained dyslexia professionals, Dyslexia on Demand also offers an emotional support and mental healing component that can help your child deal with the specific mental health challenges that can accompany a dyslexia diagnosis.
At Dyslexia on Demand, its our mission to provide dyslexia therapy to all students regardless of geographical limitations or shortages of qualified interventionists. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your child succeed.