Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Contrary to most beliefs, Dyslexia occurs due to a dysfunctionality in the brain (Broca’s area) and not the eyes, where they believe dyslextic people see words or letters jumbled up. Those of us with dyslexia see words and letters the same, but struggle with manipulating and processing them. 

 

Symptoms of Dyslexia

  • read and write very slowly
  • confuse the order of letters in words
  • put letters the wrong way round (such as writing "b" instead of "d")
  • have poor or inconsistent spelling
  • understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that's written down
  • find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions
  • struggle with planning and organisation

 

Causes of Dyslexia

  • Genetics: dyslexia stems from differences in parts of the brain that process language. Dyslexia often runs in the family. 

 

How can I support my child with Dyslexia?

  • Be a reading buddy 
  • Provide a quiet space 
  • Use large print text 
  • Use colours to illustrate words 
  • Using audio support or text-to-speech softwares 
  • Multisensory learning 
  • Guiding questions when reading 

 

Examples of such teaching methods:

  1. Using colours
     
  1. Multisensory learning 
    1. Integrating visual, auditory, tactile (touch) and kinesthetic (movement) learning elements
    2. Visual learning:
    3. Kinesthetic + Tactile learning (trips to museums or animal parks) 

 

“We should not only try to see the world through their eyes, but understand it through their brains” - Sandman-Hurley

 

Let’s change the way we view dyslexia: 

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