The main reason for reading is to gain information, how you receive the information is unimportant. In fact, reading to your child and/or using audiobooks and immersion readers can only help increase your child’s reading skills.
Dyslexia is a language based learning disability: problems with reading, writing, spelling and/or math – not with an ability to think! Just like Autism, there is a spectrum from mild to severe – no two dyslexics are exactly alike. It is a lifelong disability, you can’t outgrow it. However, through remediation and accommodations, its impact can be moderated.
Controlled readers or decodable books are books that contain only the phonetic sounds and skills your child has mastered. And, yes, they are important! Give a student a book they can fully decode and they can not only practice their learned decoding skills, but also increase their confidence and reading fluency.
The ramifications for not doing so can be enormous, both on personal and societal levels. Every year student waits to receive effective intervention levels, the effect of the intervention diminishes 25%-50%. Early identification and intervention is four times more effective than taking the “wait to fail” path.