The Ohio State University at Newark

Free Dyslexia Screening and Tutoring

December 22, 2021

Early Intervention Crucial

Area parents can now take advantage of free dyslexia screening clinics and structured literacy tutoring offered by The Ohio State University at Newark. Dyslexia impacts every aspect of a student’s
classroom experience. Still, research shows that early identification at the pre-school or early elementary level, along with targeted remediation, can significantly reduce dyslexia’s educational costs.

One-time non-diagnostic dyslexia screenings are available and open to all. In addition, Structured Literacy/Orton-Gillingham tutoring sessions are available. Tutoring sessions typically last 30 minutes to one hour and can be offered once or twice a week. All screenings and tutoring will be held at Ohio State Newark, Hopewell Hall, 1189 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055.

Terri Hessler, PhD, Ohio State Newark associate professor of education and International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist, will provide or supervise all tutoring. Sessions will begin January 18 and run through mid-May. Space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Clear-panel masks will be provided. Students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

For questions or to apply, email and include “free tutoring” as the subject line.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms that result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading, according to the IDA. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing and pronouncing words. It is estimated that as much as 15-to-20% of the population as a whole experience some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words.

What are the signs of dyslexia?

It is a myth that individuals with dyslexia “read backward,” although spelling can look quite jumbled at times because students have trouble remembering letter symbols for sounds and forming memories for words. Other problems experienced by people with dyslexia include the following:
  • learning to speak
  • learning letters and their sounds
  • organizing written and spoken language
  • memorizing number facts
  • reading quickly enough to comprehend
  • persisting with and comprehending longer reading assignments
  • spelling
  • learning a foreign language
  • correctly doing math operations

Not all students who have difficulties with these skills have dyslexia. Formal testing of reading, language, and writing skills is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of suspected dyslexia.

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