The Association believes that the use of psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin, is detrimental to the child’s physical well being. The understanding of this belief will help the parent to understand the Association's goals of a better sustainable lifestyle for the attendee. The Association believes attendance at the tutoring programs is a first step to overcoming the burdens that dyslexia presents. Other lifestyle changes that will be taught during the program will help the attendee attain his/her potential.
How To Qualify
In order to participate in a program, a person must first be screened and found eligible. The screening will be administered only to those children whose parents/guardians want them to enter an approved, supervised tutoring research program sponsored by the Charles L. Shedd Kentucky Association.
The parent should send a letter to the Association office requesting a screening for their child and include the following: the child’s full name, date of birth, age, grade and school, the parent’s name, address, and phone number. There is a screening request form enclosed if you wish to use it.
If an adult is requesting a screening, the letter should contain the full name, date of birth, age, last grade completed, address, and phone number.
Screening is held by appointment only. The screening fee is $150 ($110 for 2nd, 3rd, etc. child in same family). The screening is sent to a psychological consultant for review to see if the child does or does not qualify for the tutoring programs. When that review is competed, a letter is sent to the parent, by the Association stating: “Yes, your child qualifies” or “No, your child does not qualify”.
If you want a written evaluation (test scores, etc.) you may want to take your child to a psychologist or if your child has already been evaluated, a copy of the written professional diagnosis indicating dyslexia, ADD or ADHD and a $90 check or money order may be sent to the Association office. This information will be used to determine if enrollment is recommended or if a screening is necessary. The report must contain a diagnosis and an I.Q. score.
THE NEXT STEP AFTER SCREENING
Children and adults who qualify may enroll in the Association’s Tutorial Research Program. A parent, is encouraged to participate in the program with their child. Dr. Shedd’s research showed that if a parent was involved in the program with their child, that child made much better progress. Being involved gives the parent a greater understanding of their child’s needs.
PARENT/TUTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
Two workshops, a Basic and a Practical, are held before each tutoring trimester begins. These are provided by the Association primarily to train the parent/tutor who will be participating in the program with their child.
The Basic Workshop is “The Identification & Remediation of the Dyslexic, ADD & ADHD Child. “ The Practical Workshop is the actual training in Dr. Shedd’s “Approach to Literacy” materials and multi-sensory techniques utilized with the student. These workshops are held on the same day, one in the A.M. and one in the P.M., one week before the start of each trimester.