A Web site selling “help for smart kids struggling with reading and dyslexia” promises “Before you leave this site, you will discover the answers your child needs to be a successful reader.” Mira and Mark Halpert claim that “Gifted students Operating with a Learning Disability” are actually right-brained learners who think in pictures. On every page that I examined at the extensive Web site, they ask parents to complete this checklist and send it to them.
My child is able to remember things that happened long ago.
Once my child visits a place, they will remember it in detail.
My child has a difficult time following directions
My child has a difficult time copying material from the chalk/white board.
My child has a difficult time paying attention in the classroom.
When my child is interested in something they can focus on it for a long time.
My child is behind in reading
They recommend teaching sight words, seeing developmental optometrists, and lots of other nonsense. As evidence they offer testimonials. They do not refer to scholarly literature.
With so much bologna, all one needs is a couple of slices of bread and some mayonaise…. I hesitate to provide publicity for the site by linking to it, but it’s a good idea to let people see what’s being marketed to the unsuspecting.