FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What makes Literacy Without Limits unique?
Literacy Without Limits uses research-based methods to teach reading. Research supports phonological awareness training and explicit/direct instruction in letter-sound relationships. Janique Parrott-Gaffney, founder of Literacy Without Limits, has over 600 hours of experience successfully teaching reading to children with reading difficulties.
Does Literacy Without Limits serve students who do not have dyslexia/reading disabilities?
Who teaches the reading lessons?
Janique Parrott-Gaffney, founder of Literacy Without Limits, provides the academic therapy and small group reading instruction lessons.
Where do the lessons take place?
Academic Therapy: Lessons take place in the child's home or school, if the school allows outside providers to work with students during the school day.
Does Literacy Without Limits provide math and science tutoring?
Literacy Without Limits does not offer math and science tutoring.
What is the process for starting academic therapy?
The first step is for Janique to review the most recent psycho-educational testing report and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). If it is determined that academic therapy is needed, then academic therapy can commence. If your child has not been tested for a learning disability, Janique can discuss other options with you, as academic therapy is specifically designed for students with dyslexia/reading disabilities.
What are the differences between academic therapy and tutoring?
Unlike tutoring, academic therapy requires specialized training and follows a structured curriculum called Sounds in Syllables. Academic therapy requires s significant time commitment, 3-4 times a week for 50 minutes. Lastly, academic therapy is driven by information from a child's most recent psycho-educational testing report.
What is dyslexia?
According to the International Dyslexia Association, “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."
In other words, dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that impacts an individual's ability to read and spell accurately and/or fluently. Individuals with dyslexia may also experience difficulties with reading comprehension and fewer opportunities to read, which negatively impact vocabulary development and background knowledge.
Can children with dyslexia learn to read?
Yes! Children with dyslexia benefit from effective reading instruction in which they are explicitly taught the sound(s) that letters make. Effective reading instruction is:
Systematic- all concepts are logically introduced from basic to complex
Cumulative- each new concept is based on previously learned concepts
Explicit- direct teaching; teacher DOES NOT assume that students know concepts
Diagnostic- assessments and observations are used to inform instruction
How long does academic therapy take?
The duration of academic therapy depends on the severity of the dyslexia/reading disability. Some children may move at a faster pace, while others take more time. While it is not possible to give a definitive time frame, most families commit to academic therapy for at least 2 academic years.