The West Island Neuropsychology and Counseling Centre is offering free screenings for pre-K children to identify those at risk for future reading disabilities (Dyslexia). There are several markers for potential reading disorders that can be identified as young as age three. In fact, the performance of four-year-olds on such tests can predict their reading ability in both elementary and high school.
Our goal is to prevent reading disorders before they ever begin. By screening children prior to kindergarten, those at risk can be offered the appropriate interventions. According to research, phonics instruction is most effective when offered in kindergarten or first grade. Systematic and explicit phonics instruction – conducted in accordance with “best practice” standards – significantly improves children’s word recognition, spelling and text comprehension. These skills are essential for all aspects of academic achievement. When children struggle academically, they often develop low self-esteem, anxiety and reduced motivation. These are the problems we are trying to prevent.
The preschool screening process takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes and consists of several brief tests, generally perceived as enjoyable by children. For example, they may be asked to name a series of cute, illustrated objects; label a series of coloured shapes; name various letters; and repeat simple sentences. Once all the tests are scored, a letter will be sent home to parents explaining the results. If a child’s performance puts them at risk, we will provide detailed intervention suggestions.
If you are interested in having your child undergo our free screening process, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us at 514-505-9462.
Vicki Veroff, Ph.D.
Member OPQ, CPA, AQNP, CADDRA