What is dyslexia?
As part of my series through January on teaching students with dyslexia and kinesthetic learners we begin with: What is dyslexia?
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke definition describes dyslexia as “difficulty with spelling, phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), or rapid visual-verbal responding”. It is considered a cognitive disorder, not a problem with intelligence. However, emotional problems often arise because of it.
Dyslexia is characterized by great difficulty with reading despite normal intelligence. People are affected differently and to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties with spelling, reading, and writing, sounding out words, pronouncing words and reading comprehension.
Those of us teaching students with dyslexia may witness a variety of effects from such a struggle. These include, but are not limited to – frustration, lack of cooperation, lack of focus, bad attitude, anger, hopelessness, and struggles with self-esteem (and that’s just for the mom!). Seriously though, dealing with dyslexia without the proper support and tools is not a good idea. We need it and our children deserve it.
The longer you go without dealing with suspected signs of dyslexia, the bigger the chance is that your child will deal with depression, anxiety, strained relationships and feel like giving up on their school work.
Signs of Dyslexia
In finding ‘what is dyslexia?’ we must look at the signs. Students may struggle to recognize words used regularly. Recalling sequencing of events in reading is difficult. They may appear to not be paying attention at all as they have little memory or recall of words and letters.
If you find yourself going over the same words and letters over and over again without your child recognizing them (sometimes even immediately after review) . . . you may have a problem with dyslexia on your hands!
More Resources for ‘What is Dyslexia?’
In this series through the month of January, we will be learning more about how dyslexia affects your child, and what you can do about it! We will be sharing tips for dyslexic and kinesthetic learners with encouragement and freebies along the way.
Freebie – Set 1 Dyslexia Worksheets
These 6 worksheets are specially designed to help your dyslexic student by engaging both the left and right sides of the brain. Follow our series to learn more about why that matters! ALL students can benefit by using these worksheets.