Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty in reading. Also called Specific Reading Disability (SRD), dyslexia is a common learning disability in children. Dyslexia occurs in children with normal vision and intelligence. Sometimes, dyslexia goes undiagnosed for years and isn't recognized until adulthood. There's no cure for dyslexia. It's a lifelong condition caused by inherited traits that affect how your brain works. However, most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays an important role. (Mayo Clinic)
My son is 8 years old and dyslexic. There is a strong history of dyslexia in my family so it was not a surprise, what was a surprise was the severity of my son's condition. This meant that main stream school was impossible. We made the choice to send W to ELG (Essential Learning Group) for 18 months. Here the staff could spend the one-on-one time needed and give W the strategies he required to memorise words. W now has a reading age 6 months higher than his actual age and is attending a main stream school with no reading difficulties. Dyslexia doesn't go away, however the earlier it is detected the easier it is to teach your child coping strategies. W now uses the Nessy Learning Programme for 30 minutes every day.
As dyslexia is one of the most common learning differences it is both the best provided for and researched. There a lot of great websites, and even books written and laid out specfically for dyslexic readers, (www.barringtonstoke.co.uk).
There are also a lot of new type faces that are easier for dyslexics to read, this link:
discusses one such type face with links to others.
The Apple iTunes "App Store" has lots of grade appropriate reading / comprehenision applications. These tend to use small paragraphs followed by immediate questions to ensure that the passage has been understood. This has worked better for my son, as a book can appear overwhealming while a papragraph is do-able. In addition, the papragraphs tend to be fact based, which as a boy, he enjoys more than stories.
Apps and Books
Nessy - Dyslexia Quest tests what area of reading your child is having difficulty with in a fun game
Letter reflex - help for children who mix up PQ and BD
Reading comprehension - type "Reading Comprehension XX" in the search feature of the Apple iTunes App store to get a great list of apps. (Replace XX with the appropriate grade level for your child).
Visual Attn - helps children follow the lines in reading
Dr. Sally Shaywitz conceptualized the “Sea of Strengths” model of dyslexia, which emphasizes an array of higher critical thinking abilities and creativity found in dyslexic children and adults who struggle with written language. She explains, “You may be dyslexic if you read slowly and with much effort. But you’re often the one to solve the problem. You can’t spell and have messy handwriting, but your writing shows terrific imagination. You have trouble remembering dates and names, but you also think out of the box and grasp the big picture. You have difficulty retrieving and pronouncing spoken words, but you also have an excellent vocabulary and great ideas.”
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