Help Kids Get the Reading Assessments They Need
Hi, In my last post, I shared the story of why I became an author and created Treasure Kai.
My youngest son is dyslexic and I found while he loves stories and learning, he seeks fun and interactive ways to do it.
Thus, I created Treasure Kai stories (book apps) and a website with fun and educational content.
I mentioned that I have a BOHAG (a Big Hairy Audacious Goal). And I do!
While my youngest son is dyslexic, my older son had reading difficulties as well.
The Importance of Reading Assessments
Through educational assessments, we were able to determine what types of reading difficulties they had and provide remediation that helped each of them
Many people don’t know that there are different types of dyslexia requiring very different types of help. My sons were completely different!
The best way to determine how to help a child with a reading difficulty is to have an educational assessment. And these aren’t cheap.
Not All Kids Who Need an Assessment Get One
I’m grateful that we had the resources to pay for assessments and tutoring for our kids.
As a children’s author, I’ve visited nearly 100 schools to do author talks and have met many children who have reading difficulties, but don’t have the resources to get help. These are clever kids whose brains just work a different way when it comes to reading. But many of them feel “stupid” because they can’t read well.
I’ve seen the impact that reading difficulties can have on a child’s self esteem first hand, so my BOHAG is to be able to scholarship literacy assessments and even tutoring for kids.
I don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, but I know we’ll do it.
For years I’ve been donating part of my book sales to school libraries and literacy causes.
I’m now evaluating how this model translates to book app sales.
So if anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them.
Thanks and treasure reading!
Karen Guinn Robertson J