Understanding The Struggles of Students with Dyslexia!
School districts across the country are constantly in pursuit of high test scores, sufficient financial support, and intelligent, altruistic teachers. But perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects –one that is most necessary to prompt positive change in and out of the classroom –is courage.
Educators around the world must find the courage to step out of their comfort zone to understand Dyslexia. Doing so will empower them to help identify those students who struggle with reading, writing, and spelling as possibly being dyslexic. Sharing this information with the parents and the school could have a positive, life-changing impact on the student.
What is Dyslexia?
DYS = difficulty LEXIA = language
Dyslexia, in the simplest terms, means difficulty with language.
Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read, write, and spell in your native language despite having average to above-average intelligence.
Dyslexia is not uncommon. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of the population (1 out of 5 people) are dyslexic.
The Different Variations
The severity of Dyslexia can range from mild to severe, and school is often difficult for children with Dyslexia. Their struggles in the classroom environment often lead to low self-esteem because they do not feel as smart as their peers. It is critical to understand that Dyslexia does not impact one's intelligence.
In fact, dyslexics are average to above average in intelligence. With the correct instructional approach and appropriate accommodations, students with Dyslexia can excel in the classroom and even surpass their peers.
If three or more of these warning signs exist, especially if there is Dyslexia or AD/HD in the family tree, the child should be tested for Dyslexia when the child becomes five years old. Older children should be tested as soon as possible. Remember, it is never too late to be diagnosed and to get help.
Dyslexia ranges from mild to moderate or severe to profound, and no two people with Dyslexia are the same. The severity and co-morbidities (ADHD) can vary.
If you have three or more warning signs, it could be Dyslexia! If your child has trouble in the early levels of school, get help immediately!
Do not wait to see if your child will grow out of it.
All of the other symptoms plus:
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Personal Journey with Dyslexia
In this powerful 24-minute video, Shawn Cork, 19, shares his personal journey with Dyslexia and how his specialized tutoring with York Educational Services changed his life forever.