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FAQ’s


How can I get a diagnosis of dyslexia?
A child or adult can be evaluated for dyslexia by a trained professional. The IDA Hawai‘i Branch maintains a resource list of private testing centers and psychologists in the state who provide testing for dyslexia. These professionals are trained to do a psychological assessment as opposed to a mental health evaluation. Inclusion on the list does not imply a recommendation or an endorsement by the IDA or the IDA Hawai‘i Branch. Go to the Resources page of this website to download the list of providers and contact them directly for more information about their professional services and fees.


Can a person be cured of dyslexia?
Dyslexia does not have a cure. It is a neurologically based difference that results in difficulties with various aspects of written and spoken language. Individuals with dyslexia are often gifted in other areas. With the assistance of a sensitive, trained, professional and an appropriate program of instruction, children and adults with dyslexia can successfully develop good language skills.


How does a person with dyslexia learn best?
It is best for a person with dyslexia to be taught reading, writing and spelling using a multi-sensory teaching method such as Orton-Gillingham or Alphabetic Phonics. A person with dyslexia may experience weaknesses in one or more receptive or expressive channels, yet be very strong in other forms of learning such as artistic expression, music or athletic ability.


What is a multisensory method?
Multisensory teaching methods use many sensory channels for learning language sounds simultaneously or within the same lesson. This may be referred to as VAKT, or visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile. Teaching with this method allows learning to take place in areas of strength and will support learning in areas of weakness.


Do you have a tutor list that you can mail to me?
A list of private tutors trained in one or more Structured Literacy (aka Multisensory Structured Language-MSL) approach is available at the Resources page of this website.  Inclusion on the list does not imply a recommendation or an endorsement by the IDA or the IDA Hawai‘i Branch. Go to the Resources page of this website to download the list of private tutors and contact them directly for more information about their professional services and fees.


Can you mail DVDs, CDs and books to me from the IDA Hawai‘i Branch library?
Generally, persons wanting to borrow a DVD, CD or a book are asked to visit the IDA Hawai‘i Branch office. However, some persons may not be able to visit the office. In these instances, the IDA Hawai‘i Branch will mail the materials. The borrower/purchaser may be asked to pay postage costs.


Do you accept credit cards?
The IDA Hawai‘i Branch accepts MasterCard and Visa credit cards for donations, payment of audiotape and videotape rental fees and book purchases.


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