Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is Foundations different than other tutoring?

    Unlike other tutoring options in your area, Foundations is focused solely on the treatment of dyslexia. Our Centers are led by licensed psychologists who believe in treating the “whole person” and are able to analyze and factor in all behavioral and learning issues that may affect an individual’s ability to learn. Additionally, Foundations’ psychologists have the ability and knowledge to diagnose dyslexia. And, we are one of the few practices in the state of Indiana and surrounding areas with screeners and tutors trained in the Barton Reading & Spelling System, which is recognized internationally as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia.

  • How can Foundations help treat dyslexia?

    Foundations’ practitioners and tutors are well trained to treat dyslexia. First, we conduct extensive screening or comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations to determine the specific aspects of an individual’s dyslexia so that we know exactly how to proceed with treatment. Next, a tutoring plan is developed that is tailored to the needs of each individual with his or her personal goals in mind. We also monitor progress, track goals, and provide extended education to individuals and families. 

  • How long does treatment take?

    There is not an exact treatment timeframe that works for every person with dyslexia. We recommend a thorough screening at the beginning of the process to determine individual needs and next steps. Typically, individuals receive tutoring sessions two times per week, and tutoring plans last two to three years.

  • Will insurance pay for dyslexia treatment?

    Insurance typically does not pay for services related to dyslexia because it is not considered medically necessary. However, check with your insurance provider to determine if services may be covered. Foundations can provide a statement to submit to insurance companies for reimbursement if services are covered.

  • What is dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services.

    Source: The International Dyslexia Association

  • What causes dyslexia?

    The exact causes of dyslexia are still not completely clear, but anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a person with dyslexia develops and functions. Moreover, most people with dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds, a key factor in their reading difficulties. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods, individuals with dyslexia can learn successfully.

    Source: The International Dyslexia Association

  • What are the effects of dyslexia?

    The impact that dyslexia has is different for each person and depends on the severity of the condition and the effectiveness of instruction or remediation. The core difficulty is with word recognition and reading fluency, spelling, and writing. Some people with dyslexia manage to learn early reading and spelling tasks, especially with excellent instruction, but later experience their most debilitating problems when more complex language skills are required, such as grammar, understanding textbook material, and writing essays.

    People with dyslexia can also have problems with spoken language, even after they have been exposed to good language models in their homes and good language instruction in school. They may find it difficult to express themselves clearly, or to fully comprehend what others mean when they speak. Such language problems are often difficult to recognize, but they can lead to major problems in school, in the workplace, and in relating to other people. The effects of dyslexia reach well beyond the classroom.

    Dyslexia can also affect a person’s self-image. Students with dyslexia often end up feeling “dumb” and less capable than they actually are. After experiencing a great deal of stress due to academic problems, a student may become discouraged about continuing in school.

    Source: The International Dyslexia Association