- Dyslexia Intervention
- Math Intervention
- SEL and Executive Function Support (for ADHD)
- Accommodations & Interventions
- I suspect my child has dyslexia or a reading challenge... now what?
- Sterne's Dyslexia Intervention Program
It’s an all-too-common experience at Sterne for families to wait until 6th grade to switch schools.
Unfortunately, by this point, many students have developed anxiety about reading aloud or writing in class; their self-esteem may be suffering, and some students may even withdraw or attempt to avoid school altogether.
4th grade presents a crucial shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” At this level, children begin synthesizing information across texts and the curriculum, and the amount of reading and writing at school greatly increases.
Often, parents are the first to identify a reading problem. And you can play an active role in your child’s reading development by getting help as early as possible. Here are a few things to look for that may indicate a reading problem:
- My child doesn’t recognize common “sight words” when they read
- My child struggles to “sound out” words phonetically
- My child doesn’t do well on spelling tests and/or demonstrates inconsistent spelling of common words
- When my child reads aloud, they read very slowly, skip over words and/or invent words
- My child avoids reading and writing
On the flipside, many struggling readers and writers demonstrate strengths in these areas:
- Oral comprehension (when a text is read aloud)
- Oral vocabulary
- Artistic or musical abilities
- Making and engineering
- Interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
Some students come to Sterne having been through other reading intervention programs, and they may have experienced only minimal success. There are several different types of dyslexia, and each of these presents differently from child to child.
This is why effective reading intervention programs must be based on the precise nature of the reading challenge. Sterne’s Tattum Reading program is the only reading intervention program out there that can be tailored to your student’s exact learning needs.
Skill-based placement ensures that math students are learning with a cohort that requires similar support, whether they have lagging skills or need a more advanced curriculum.
Our Learning Specialists have created math intervention programs to support students with dyscalculia or other challenges in math in small and whole-group instructional models.
By 4th grade, students are often expected to spend extended periods of time in desks, listening, note-taking, and responding to classroom discussions in a seminar-style format. Sterne’s 4th and 5th grade program takes a developmental, multi-sensory approach to learning that works not only for students who may experience challenges with attention (ADHD), but also for students who simply benefit from more movement, interaction, and support in classroom pacing and visual/auditory input.
A typical 4th & 5th grade classroom emphasizes:
- Safe, nurturing environment with teachers who really care
- A “bully-free” and inclusive space where students can be themselves
- Explicit teaching of organizational processes and skills
- Built-in movement time
- SEL support for interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship-building
- Creative exploration, curiosity, and hands-on learning opportunities
- Flexible and supportive approach to homework
- Universal access to text-speech and speech-text software
- Small group instruction supplemented with push-in from learning specialists
- Assignments tailored to learning needs
- Flexible groupings according to instructional level
- Self-monitoring system to promote self-regulation, self-awareness, and perspective taking