“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I learn.
Involve me and I remember.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“My teachers say I’m addled . . . my father thought I was stupid,
and I almost decided I must be a dunce.”
~ Thomas Edison
“He told me that his teachers reported that . . .
he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.”
~ Hans Albert Einstein (Albert Einstein’s father)
“I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days.
It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.”
~ Winston Churchill
“If I wasn’t dyslexic, I probably wouldn’t have won the Games.
If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily,
sports would have come easily. . . and I never would have realized
that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.”
~ Bruce Jenner
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment
Although we often look for negative symptoms, dyslexic children will demonstrate many gifted areas.
Strengths seen in young children:
The ability to figure things out
Eager to embrace new ideas
A good understanding of new concepts
A large vocabulary for their age group
Enjoyment in solving puzzles or building activities
Strengths seen in school age children:
Excellent thinking skills: a strong ability to conceptualize and reason
Can think outside the box
Learn best when learning is connected and has meaning; may not do well with rote memorization
Continue to have a strong ability to see the big picture
High level of understanding and comprehension when read to
Can understand at a high level when there is interest in the topic;
May over learn technical words in an area of interest
Surprisingly advanced listening vocabulary
Excellence in areas not dependent on reading,...
Mispronunciation of names and words
Difficulty remembering names of people and places
May confuse names of places that sound alike
Vocabulary, both spoken and written, becomes more limited relative to their peers
Difficulty remembering words and coming up with the "right" word
Reading individual words may become more accurate, but continues to be very tiring
May get tired when reading
Embarrassed by reading aloud - may avoid those situations
May have difficulty with uncommon, strange or foreign words on menus
(in these situations, may say "I'll have what you're having")
Most reading is very slow, especially books or manuals - may have to read two to three times to understand it
Often find that there's no time for a social life because studying takes so much time
Often prefer books with figures, charts, and graphics or books with fewer words and lots of white on the page
Very poor written expression - prefer uncomplicated...
Dysgraphia: slow, non-automatic handwriting. Handwriting is difficult.
Failure to understand that words come apart (for example "sandbox" contains two words, "sand" and "box")
Difficulty identifying the individual sounds in a word (for example "cat" contains three distinct sounds)
Inability to associate correct sounds with the correct letters.
Difficulty reading common one syllable words (such as "hop," "cat," "sit")
Complaints about how hard reading is or running and hiding when it's time to read.
Difficulty with directionality; may write letters backwards (such as "d" and "b")
Reading errors that show no connection to the sounds of the letters in the word:
Child will say “puppy” instead of the written word “dog” in an illustrated page with a dog shown.
Letter or number reversal continuing past first grade.
Speech that is not fluent - may pause or hesitate...
Mispronounced words or persistent baby talk
Constant confusion of left versus right
Late establishing a dominant hand
Difficulty learning to tie shoes
Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
Can’t create words that rhyme
Trouble learning common nursery rhymes, such as “Jack and Jill”
Doesn't recognize rhyming patterns such as "cat, bat, rat"
A close relative with dyslexia
Failure to know the letters in their own name
Mixing up sounds in multi-syllabic words:
For example, aminal for animal, bisghetti for spaghetti, hekalopter for helicopter, etc.
Having your child tested for dyslexia is a personal decision. Most parents have watched their child(ren) struggle over the years, knowing something isn’t quite right, but yet have no idea what could be causing the difficulties.
Parents may refer to testing to get a picture of the severity and range of the problems. Testing is usually done by a psychologist or a speech therapist. It can be very time consuming and expensive, although the cost may be covered by insurance. Testing
often scares both the child(ren) and the parents. It can be a traumatic experience and a little overwhelming for both. Recognize it’s only a gauge to help you see where you might want to begin remediation.
Testing offers the proof necessary to receive classroom accommodations; such as longer testing period, having the test given orally rather than written, one on one assistance in the classroom, etc.
Some parents feel screening is preferred to testing, because it allows them to see the areas of...
Dyslexia is considered a learning disability. It’s actually a language processing disorder that makes reading, writing, spelling and occasionally speech, difficult. The dyslexic brain is built and wired differently than the average brain. It’s been shown
that the right hemisphere of a dyslexic brain can be up to 25% larger. Yep. Dyslexics are actually GIFTED! That’s why so many creative people and inventors are dyslexic. Although some skills, like reading and writing, are more difficult, dyslexic folks seem
to be gifted in a lot of creative areas.
Dyslexia is an inherited condition. If you have dyslexic parents, you have a 50% chance of being dyslexic. If you are dyslexic, your children have a 50% chance of being dyslexic too.
Dyslexia affects people differently. Some children demonstrate speech delays at a very young age, while others are successful in school until about third grade. Although poor reading, writing and spelling are usually indicators, there are many other...