How to Identify At-Risk Children Before they fail

How to Identify At-Risk Children Before they fail

When my son was in kindergarten they administered a reading screening test called the DIBELS test.  At the time I did not know that the DIBELS reading test was administered to all kindergarten children three times per year.  Obviously, with my son being more towards the severe end of the dyslexic spectrum he did not score well.  However, the school personnel  failed to provide me with this information until I demanded an IEP(Individualized Education Plan) meeting, only after qualifying my child for an individualized education plan under attention deficit disorder.  This was near the end of his kindergarten year and I found this infuriating.  As his mother, I should have been informed immediately of his failure to meet any of the reading or fluency benchmarks of this testing, as several research studies have confirmed that this simple DIBELS testing  has a high correlation with dyslexia and is highly useful in assisting school personnel in identifying dyslexic children early.   Furthermore, studies show that the earlier  intervention begins with dyslexic children, the better the chances that they receive appropriate instruction and eventually learn to read at or close to grade level.  Watch the video below to see the DIBLES test administered

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4 thoughts on “How to Identify At-Risk Children Before they fail

  1. Hi,
    I’m sorry to hear from you son. Thank you for the information even I’m still not a parent yet but it is useful for my sister as a mother 🙂
    I didn’t hear of any of there test perform at my hometown but it is good to know where is such test available. Thank you 🙂

    1. admin

      Dibles testing is done in most of the public schools four times per year as the child enters kindergarten. However, you can download the dibles reading test from the website at If a child needs a full evaluation they usually are given a full neuropshycological evaluation which is usually preformed by a psychologist. However, it is important to remember that not all neuropsychologist are familiar with dyslexia and often times they will label the child as “learning disabled in reading” but not use the term dyslexia. This creates difficulties for the Individualized Education Plan at the public school level because education law states that public schools must offer a “Free and appropriate education” for all children with specific learning disabilities. Simply labeling a child “disabled in reading” is not enough to legally ensure a child receives appropriate dyslexic instruction. I went through this after my sons first evaluation from the psychologist and I had to take him three hours away so a licensed psychologist specializing in testing dyslexic children could do a secondary evaluation. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. I think it is perfectly okay for your son to have dyslexia. If he has dyslexia and obsessive compulsive disorder (basically addiction) he could turn out to be just like Marshal Mathers. I mean Eminem. Eminem is known around the world for pouring his heart and everything he has into learning language. The way he puts his mind to work when it comes to learning English and words is truly amazing. There is no reason your son cannot develop the same passion for understanding his own dyslexia and finding ways to use it to fuel his own fire.

    I mean, I watched Eminem rhyme with orange on 60 minutes. I thought nothing rhymed with orange and now I stand corrected.

    I wish the best for you and your son!

    1. admin

      I didnt know anything rhymed with orange! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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