How to treat dyslexia

Neuropsychologist Karen Schilts, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping and treating your child's dyslexia
How to Treat Dyslexia in Children
KidsInTheHouse the Ultimate Parenting Resource
Kids in the House Tour

How to treat dyslexia

How is dyslexia best treated? Well, a systematic, organized reading program is best. It needs to be explicit, intense and it should be given by someone who really knows what they’re doing. This is very important, because early intervention is everything. Your child will really need a reading program under kindergarten grade 1 – that’s the window of time that we can really, really help the children. That’s not to say that they can’t be helped later on by these programs, but it will take more time and more effort on behalf of your child. Your reading specialist should also bridge the intervention, the help that the child gets through the reading program to those in the classroom, meaning the teachers, and at home. The reading program should target phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. So get your child help as soon as you can when you know something is not quite right.

Neuropsychologist Karen Schilts, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping and treating your child's dyslexia


Expert Bio

More from Expert

Karen Schiltz, PhD


Dr. Schiltz is a clinical psychologist, licensed in the state of California. From 1985-1987, she completed a post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine within the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She received her doctoral degree in psychology in 1984 from the American Psychological Association accredited California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Dr. Schiltz has conducted a private practice specializing in the clinical and forensic neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults since 1988. She has held an appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine within the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, since July of 2004. She also held an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor within the same department from September 1993 to July of 2004. Dr. Schiltz has been a clinical supervisor within that department since August 1993 to the present time. Her faculty duties at UCLA include lecture presentations in the field of pediatric neuropsychological assessment, attentional disorders, accommodation assessment guidelines, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr. Schiltz has written numerous articles on regulation and selective neurobehavioral disorders. In her 24 years of clinical work with children, adolescents, and young adults, she has emphasized the critical importance of integrating neuropsychological assessment findings to the application of accommodations to the classroom and home environments in a “user-friendly” manner. Dr. Schiltz supports a comprehensive team approach in the assessment and remediation of children who struggle with cognitive, learning, behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties. She sees a variety of students who are referred subsequent to or in the process of being diagnosed with a suspected learning disorder, attentional and concentrational compromises, suspected social communication disorder, memory disorder, neurotoxin exposure, scuba diving illnesses, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injury, cognitive changes due to medical illness or surgery, substance abuse disorder, pervasive developmental disorders, high cognitive ability profiles, among other neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions. Her experience has come from assessing children and working on intervention teams both in the hospital units as well as university and private-practice based settings. In addition to her private practice and academic supervisory duties, Dr. Schiltz has written, co-written, and/or presented over 81 papers, manuscripts, and publications. Her book, Beyond the Label, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. The book, along with coauthors Amy M. Schonfeld and Tara Niendam, helps parents and educators recognize the warning signs that may indicate a potential problem with a child and explain how to find the best help. Throughout the book, the authors stress that by focusing on behaviors and not labels, parents will be able to better understand the whats, whys, and hows of a child's learning and emotional challenges.

More Parenting Videos from Karen Schiltz, PhD >