Dyslexia, Reading

& Spelling Difficulties


"I used to have trouble with reading and spelling because my brain kind of dropped pieces of information. Now I'm getting those pieces. I'm proud of my reading. Now I can read a lot of things, and I can read things faster now. I am also getting my work done faster at school, so I have less homework."

- Ashley O., age 11

Symptoms of Weak Phonemic Awareness

  1. Omitting, reversing, repeating, substituting, adding sounds in words

  2. Relying on guessing from context

  3. Difficulty sounding out words

  4. Omitting or adding little words or word endings

To read more about dyslexia, see Dyslexia and the New Science of Reading

Our Students

At Northwest Reading Clinic, we treat individuals with common learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Many of our students have a weakness in phonemic awareness, which results in reading and spelling difficulties. Students are unable to judge whether the sounds they pronounce match the letters they see. Thus, many guess from context or memorize words, as they do not have a reliable strategy to break words into parts and put them back together again.

Our Method

Students at Northwest Reading Clinic learn to:

  1. Connect visual and auditory cues with movements felt in the mouth when

  2. sounds are said

  3. Use mouth movements to self-correct reading and spelling errors

  4. Process the number and sequence of sounds in words

  5. Read and spell using common phonetic rules, prefixes, and suffixes

"If I found out a friend of mine was going to come to Northwest Reading Clinic, I'd say 'Good for you. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.’ "

- Leah S., age 12

"I called your office on the recommendation of a friend. A little over a year later, my son can't stop reading. He reads signs as we drive along in the car, reads books to me, reads all kinds of things in his environment. I am amazed."

- Sandy M., parent

“It's fun to read books to see what happens. My hard work has been worth it."

- Andrew F., age 8

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Northwest Reading Clinic, Inc.

Students use their eyes

to look at the letters,

their ears to hear

the sounds,


and their mouths

to feel the sounds.

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