READ Evaluation & Dyslexia Center

R.E.A.D. Evaluation and Dyslexia Center™ provides full evaluations for struggling readers. Melody is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist in the state of Texas.

Melody Herring, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI, RPED

Melody has worked in public education for more than 20 years. She has served as a special education and general education teacher, elementary and middle school campus administrator, a dyslexia therapist, and an educational diagnostician. She received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Educational Administration from Texa

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Rep. Houchin introduces 21st Century Dyslexia Act to help overlooked students succeed – WRBI Radio 10/30/2023

https://wrbiradio.com/rep-houchin-introduces-21st-century-dyslexia-act-to-help-overlooked-students-succeed/

Rep. Houchin introduces 21st Century Dyslexia Act to help overlooked students succeed – WRBI Radio Rep. Houchin introduces 21st Century Dyslexia Act to help overlooked students succeed October 27, 2023 Tom Snape Congresswoman Erin Houchin (R-IN- 09). (Provided Photo) (Washington, D.C.) – Congresswoman Erin Houchin (R-IN-09), a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the bi...

10/02/2023

Early identification. Proper remediation. We need to end the " wait and see" model where we tell parents the child is a " late bloomer" or will " catch up later." The " wait and see" leads to the " wait to fail" which is outdated. The “wait-to-fail” is often part of the “ fail-to-teach” literacy model.

Evaluate. Remediate. Accommodate. Educate. Advocate. Congratulate. Feel great. Validate. Graduate. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate.

Update 2023: See EarlyBird Education.

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Photos from READ Evaluation & Dyslexia Center's post 09/30/2023

It has been another whirlwind trip ✈️ to Chicago! I am truly grateful for the opportunity I had to present to the ALTA Illinois Chapter on the assessment and identification of dyslexia.
I LOVE empowering educators and parents with a deeper understanding of the most common (and under-identified) learning disability. ❤️❤️

08/11/2023
Photos from READ Evaluation & Dyslexia Center's post 05/22/2023

To say I am impressed with the Ohio State Department of Education is an understatement! The new Ohio Dyslexia Guidebook is IMPRESSIVE!

Just spent the day in Wapakoneta, Ohio training a group of school psychologists, SLPs, dyslexia therapists, interventionists, and campus/district administrators from 10 surrounding districts prepare for the implementation of new regulations. I pray they walked away from a long day of me talking (and perhaps even a cartwheel to keep them awake😳) feeling more knowledgeable and empowered when it comes to the identification of dyslexia. Thank you, Kassie Hill, for having me out and extending the invitation to others. I love that you are deeply invested in your staff and focused on equipping them for what lies ahead! Students in Wapakoneta City Schools (and surrounding schools) are truly blessed by your leadership!

Exhausted….YES! Fulfilled…BIG YES! ❤️

04/28/2023

Ready to learn!

Photos from READ Evaluation & Dyslexia Center's post 04/17/2023

A few years considering it…
A few months being encouraged…
One phone call to actually commit…
Less than two months to plan…
MANY late nights pulling it all together…
A whirlwind of a weekend in Chicago teaching three full days on assessing for dyslexia…
DONE!

I am in awe of the way God continues to pave a path that felt like just pipe dream a few years ago. Tara Chapman, I can’t thank you enough for your constant encouragement and persistent push to get me out of my comfort zone. If it weren’t for you, I would still be “just considering” it. I pray that every minute I spent, slide I prepared, and word I spoke makes a difference in the lives of children struggling to read!

** This a just a few of the amazing women I trained…and four states represented here! These are the only pictures I got from the weekend but definitely one of the highlights!

03/05/2023

ALTA members are highly trained! Visit ALTAread.org

Watch the Film Now — The Right to Read 03/03/2023

The “Right to Read” documentary is available to watch for free from March 2nd - March 9th. It is EXCELLENT!

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Watch the Film Now — The Right to Read Thank you for your interest in our special virtual screening of The Right to Read in celebration of National Read Across America Day. Access the film by clicking the button below. Use this invitation code to screen the film: TRT-READ Watch the film Now INVITATION CODE: TRT-READ Download discuss.....

02/15/2023

ALTA members are changing the future for many children – one life at a time!

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02/05/2023

ALTA Certification indicates that a CALT has achieved the highest level of expertise in working with students with dyslexia. ?

11/02/2022

Parents, advocate for your child. Show them you are in their corner and be the voice that they desperately want someone to hear! You know your child better than anyone, and often a child with dyslexia will hold in their frustrations and anxiety until they get home (you’re their safe space). If we don’t catch them early, it’s so much more difficult to get them caught up to their peers. Advocate!! As a teacher, I don’t see that as a threat...I see it as partnering with someone who is an expert on my student!

10/31/2022

? ALTA sets the highest standards for certifying dyslexia professionals. Students with dyslexia deserve the intensive, effective instruction ALTA Professionals provide.

10/29/2022

Did you know the English language is one of the most difficult language systems to master? Our language borrows from AngloSaxon, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin, all of which combine to create some irregular words that often do not follow one-to-one letter sound association. For instance, did you know the letter “a” makes 5 sounds? All of this combines to make mastering our native tongue even more difficult for kids with dyslexia.

10/28/2022

Did you know functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has provided us with new information on how the dyslexic brain works, strengthening the understanding that those with dyslexia have difficulty sounding out the smallest meaningful segments of language, called phonemes? (The word "cat" has three phonemes: /k/ /a/ /t/. )
When individuals with dyslexia are asked to sound out words, fMRI technology, by measuring blood flow, shows far less activity in the back of the brain and more activity in the front. In proficient readers, most of the activity occurs in the back of the brain.

10/27/2022

Dyslexia is a “weakness in a sea of strengths”, meaning the failure to take on reading is completely unexpected. When assessing for dyslexia we should always consider the student’s strengths and ability to learn in the absence of print.

10/26/2022

Did you know every new word a child encounters is in essence a “nonsense word”? When students are able to develop both their oral blending skills with letter sound recognition, sounding out nonsense words (such as clab) is much more proficient and will assist in their ability to accurately and quickly discover one syllable words.

Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong 10/25/2022

Do you know how your children are being taught to read? GREAT podcast!

Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong There's an idea about how children learn to read that's held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this new podcast, host Emily H...

10/25/2022

Did you know one of the biggest myths today is that dyslexia is a vision problem? A few years back we learned that an eye doctor had diagnosed Jennifer Aniston with dyslexia following an eye exam. Dyslexia experts worried that this information could mislead individuals into thinking that dyslexia can be cured by glasses or eye therapy, when in fact research shows dyslexia is not a vision issue at all. The hallmark sign of dyslexia is based on speech SOUNDS, which has nothing to do with what the child SEES. Knowing that a high percentage of individuals have dyslexia, there is a good chance Aniston actually has this learning disability... especially if she struggled to read as a child. However, while true that vision therapy and corrective lenses can be of great benefit for those with certain optical issues, please know such remediation attempts will never be sufficient in assisting a child with overcoming the reading deficits that arise from having dyslexia. A good dyslexia evaluation will often first rule out visual issues with the struggling reader before even attempting their assessments.

10/24/2022

Does my child have dyslexia? Here are a few areas to take note of. Younger students with dyslexia almost always struggle with producing rhyming words ( #1) due to the struggle to hear separate parts of the word (onset/rime). Another indicator is if they knew a particular word yesterday but not today - or they know it on one page but not the next ( #2).
Advocate for your child...your voice is much stronger and your child is counting on you!

The Truth About Reading [OFFICIAL TRAILER] 10/23/2022

Take a moment to watch this heartbreaking video on a documentary about how our public schools are failing our students when it comes to reading. This is why I do what I do! Texas has made great strides recently in trying to get districts to move away from whole language (memorizing words) to a stronger phonics approach, but even some of the stronger districts I’ve worked in fail to have a solid understanding of what that looks like. I promise you, public schools are STILL teaching whole language, which leads to the results seen in this heartbreaking documentary.

The Truth About Reading [OFFICIAL TRAILER]

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