I am a long time lurker, first time poster. DD is recently turned 8, 2nd grade, always home schooled. I have long suspected dyslexia, but she always was making progress with phonics/reading, just never quite with the master I though she should have or "taking off." She is very bright, very verbal, with a large vocabulary and excellent listening comprehension. Will listen to chapter after chapter and beg for more, and understand what's going on. If she could read chapter books, she totally would. Adults who talk to her typically think she's very bright. Very good social skills for her age, almost too good, lots of empathy and tact.
So, a brief summary. She has been in Vision Therapy since last fall when a screening revealed difficulty with side-to-side tracking, eye teaming, and saccades. She has had a lot of improvement in reading over that time. She still guesses a lot (she is very good at contextual guessing) and makes a lot of mistakes she shouldn't make, based on the amount of phonics instruction she's had. We were using LoE: Foundations and Let's Read. If I use my finger to help her track, she can read about a paragraph of Little House on the Prairie or about a page of Boxcar Children before tuckering out (buddy reading). But she still gets hung up on words she should know how to decode/blend, especially those beginning with consonant combinations (snug, globe). And she cannot spell. She misspells "and." In the past month, she has spend "and" as "end" and as "aed" (?!?!). Handwriting is an issue as well, but not one we've been prioritizing -- we do a page of Getty-Dubai every day, but I've been hoping the VT would help with it.
Yesterday we (finally, why did this take me so long?) did the Barton screening. She did not pass part C (she passed A and B, though she did miss one clapping syllables question). She got 4 wrong even after repeat. And yes, /a/ vs /e/ was one of the ones she couldn't do. Also, we've been practicing a Latin song for her children's choir, and even when looking at my mouth she has trouble repeating the words back to me. Like, I say "Laudantes" very clearly, breaking up the syllables, she can't say it back without error.
So we clearly need something like LiPS and Foundation in Sounds. I saw in another post that some of you have reservations about FiS, but has anyone actually tried it yet? It's pretty new and I am not finding any reviews except what's on their website. But Susan Barton's stamp of approval should count for something, right? I just don't know if I have the mental bandwidth to wrap my brain around figuring out LiPS right now (I have 3 other kids, including an 8-month-old baby), and affording a tutor would be really hard. My inclination is to order FiS like today or tomorrow, but I'd really like to hear first if there are reasons I shouldn't.
We had a screening (brief IQ test and some other screens) with a psychologist, and we were told, "She is smart, her verbal IQ is higher than nonverbal (there was a 20+ point gap, I think verbal was 130-something, "superior," and nonverbal was 111, "average range," but this was before VT--she could not count a horizontal row accurately with 1-to-1 correspondence before VT), she probably has some kind of LD, you may need a specialist eval but I don't know where to refer you that would take your insurance, try the Dyslexia Center (which is far away and has a waiting list), I will refer her for OT for handwriting (have not gotten the promised call about this)." Oh, and "don't crush her spirit."