If your child has difficulties with learning at school, and you would like them to be screened for dyslexia, here are some ideas for how to work with your child’s school.
- First, become familiar with signs that your child might have dyslexia, and make note of your concerns about your child.
- Next, put your request in writing (email or printed letter) and send your request to your child’s teacher (homeroom or reading teacher). A sample request letter is below. Make sure to put the current date on your request, and keep a copy.
- Sending this type of request to your child’s teacher should be enough. A screening is a very simple procedure that a teacher does in the classroom. Just like a doctor screens for illness with a thermometer, teachers can observe your child in the classroom and see if there are signs that your child might have dyslexia. If you do not hear back from the teacher within 3 business days, send the same message to the school principal, letting them know the date when you reached out to the teacher.
Sample Request Letter
I have noticed that my child, _____________, is having trouble in school with learning. I have noticed the following warning signs: ____________________. Given these warning signs, I would like my child to be screened for dyslexia as soon as possible.
Please give me a call so that we can discuss next steps for the screening, and talk about other steps that can be taken to get my child more support in the classroom.