It is my great pleasure to be able to announce that due to high demand,  Sheri Friedman has opened up several additional slots for her incredibly valuable Dyslexia Screening for children and teens age 3 years through 12th grade.

Sheri’s one-hour virtual/remote screening allows her to identify whether or not your child is at-risk for dyslexia, and provides specific, individualized recommendations for next steps , such as whether or not a formal dyslexia evaluation is warranted, and specific interventions or services for your child/teen.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects approximately 1 in 5 children, and represents 80- 90% of all learning disabilities. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that impacts  a child’s ability to decode new words, process sounds/symbols, and/or to comprehend what they read. Left unidentified, children with dyslexia struggle in school, and without intervention, they often develop resistance, dislike, or in many cases avoidance of school, homework, and other learning activities. In many cases, children/teens with undiagnosed dyslexia fall behind in school, which leads to significant mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition, dyslexia is often misunderstood and mislabeled, as being a deficit  in attention/concentration/focus, or lack of motivation/effort.
The good news is that once dyslexia is identified, there are several empirically-validated programs that remediate dyslexia’s core deficits,  and allow children and teens to become successful in school.
However, many families may be unsure as to whether embarking on a dyslexia evaluation is right for their child. Full diagnostic dyslexia assessments can take a considerable amount of time and resources, and waitlists for these evaluations in the school districts are often daunting.
As a result, Sheri has devised this one hour remote/virtual screener which provides you with feedback, and next steps on the same day.
The Screener includes:
●      Obtaining a detailed history from caregivers
●      Administration of the Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR) Screening Tool  (which was developed during the pandemic to be administered remotely)
●      Feedback and results  provided which include individualized recommendations for your child/teen
We are excited to make this service affordable and accessible for all. Please call for our limited summer rates!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a dyslexia screener, please email or call us at / (858) 692-4187.
As our team of professionals continues to grow, I am so grateful to be a part of such a cohesive and collaborative group. SDKF services for toddlers, children, teens, and families include:
  • Targeted ASD Assessments
  • Developmental, Psychological and MultiDisciplinary Evaluations (incorporating Academic Testing)
  • Social/Emotional Learning Curriculum (SEL)
  • In-home Behavior Intervention
  • In-home Executive Functioning Support
  • Individual, Family, and Couples Psychotherapy
  • Dyslexia Screening and Intervention
  • Handwriting without Tears /Dysgraphia Intervention
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Teen Psychotherapy Groups
  • Bright Stars Video Parenting Course for parents of bright children with ASD
  • Behavior Management/Parenting Sessions
  • IEP/504 Design and Consultation Services
  • Inclusion Support
Deborah Pontillo, Ph.D. , Director
Jenaya Aguirre & Brooke Schuman, Office Managers
Kaydon Schanberger, B.A., Clinic Coordinator