Updated: Mar 17, 2019
Have you ever wondered WHAT IS dyslexia?
It’s confusing because dyslexia symptoms can show up in different ways unique to an individual.
For some, mixing up the numbers when dialing the phone can be embarrassing, filling in bubbles on the correct line during a standardized test is challenging, and following numerous instructions can be difficult.
Others get headaches while reading when the words and letters change positions on the page. Some dyslexics have reported that the words remain still but are unable to blend the individual sounds to accurately read the words.
When you hear the word or diagnosis of dyslexia it sounds bad, like a really bad thing to have.
Well quite the contrary! Read on...
Making Sense of Dyslexia
Let’s start out with the technical definition of dyslexia.
Dyslexia (n) a learning difficulty primarily associated with problems with written language such as reading, writing, spelling, and in some cases, working with numbers, stemming from naturally occurring variations in brain structure and function.
Whoa! That’s a lot of information to unpack, especially the part about ‘naturally occurring variations in the brain structure and function’.
You may be thinking, “If my child’s brain is wired in this way there’s no hope for them, right?” WRONG!
All it means is that they think in a different way than others. They take in information in a different way. They process information in a different way.
You could say that your child has a totally different perspective, a way of thinking that is actually ‘unique’.
Children with dyslexia are able to think differently seeing the whole picture before breaking it down into its parts.
What gets in the way is our traditional educational system. It wasn’t developed to teach material in a way that is easy for someone with dyslexia to process.
Hi, I’m Jean Harville, founder of Private Reading Tutoring.
After teaching in both public and private schools, specialized clinics, and tutoring programs, I have created an opportunity to reach even more students who are struggling to read by taking my tutoring program into the online space.
Having worked with children with dyslexia, I have come to appreciate their unique way of thinking.
Instead of being viewed as a disability, dyslexia can be seen as reflecting a certain type of learning style.
This learning style is the way in which your child perceives, conceptualizes, organizes, and recalls information.
It is helpful to understand which learning style is your child’s strongest, the best way they take in new material.
Let me give you some examples:
Enjoys working with construction blocks or solving jigsaw puzzles
Talented in art, drama, music, or other creative endeavors
Able to quickly provide the answer to complex mathematical problems or puzzles, but unable to explain the steps used to solve the problem
Can easily take apart and reassemble toys and household objects
Parents sometimes delay seeking help, because they have been told by teachers that their child is too smart to have dyslexia.
Remember, many teachers have not been trained to recognize dyslexia. This may keep them from noticing the signs of a child who is struggling in their reading.
If the child is bright and actively participates in class activities by using their strengths of being able to verbally engage and visually understand the assignment, they may ‘seem’ to be just fine.
However, when the skills of reading and writing are required, the child may falter.
Working with someone who is trained to understand how to teach your child using their learning strengths can be very beneficial.
Someone who can assess the weak areas, find the gaps in their learning, and create a plan on how to strengthen those skills will be important to their success in learning to read.
I appreciate your time in reading my article. I hope you have a better understanding on what dyslexia is and how it can affect a child’s ability to learn to read.
Private Reading Tutoring
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