Is there any hope of my child actually catching up to his peers?
Yes, students and children who get explicit and systematic evidence-based intervention often are able to meet grade level expectations and certainly accelerate their learning. And the more that they accelerate their learning with those good interventions the better they're able to access the core classroom instruction that's occurring at their grade level and with their peers. And many many students achieve that and are successful readers. It's possible that they may need the support and the intervention throughout their schooling to maintain that and to be successful, but many students can reach those levels.
Jeanne Wanzek is the Currey-Ingram Chair and associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.