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Bill to require Dyslexia testing introduced to Wisconsin Assembly

Last Sunday reporter Susan Troller reported in the Capital Times that "Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, has introduced two bills to the Wisconsin Assembly aimed at helping students with dyslexia. One bill would require that schools screen all students in kindergarten through second grade for dyslexia as well as all students in third, fourth and fifth grades who do not perform well on reading tests."

Just one more example of society believing that the government needs to be responsible. We have put our schools in charge of everything from sex education to nutrition taking more responsibilities away from parents.

While some of these extra tests may help identify some children who are falling behind, the best way for children to get help is for their parents to be reading with them and looking for signs of trouble.

1. At home tests to evaluate weather a child has a proclivity toward dyslexia are simple. Sit down and read with your child. Ask him to tell you what the letters are, ask him to sound out letters and words, or ask him to pick out a word that rhymes with another word. Check out WebMD for some more suggestions.

2. Look at the work your child is bringing home and ask her to tell you what she's working on, have her explain her answers. Does she seem to be missing a large number of answers? If she is, is it because she is working too fast or because she is having trouble understanding the question?

3. Talk to your child's teacher. The teacher who has your child in class will be the best person to tell you if your child seems to be on track or seems to be struggling.

The parent is any child's best advocate. Your child depends on you to help her through learning all of the things she will need to learn through all of her formative years. Don't let her down by waiting for schools or society to give her an education

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