WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
Dyslexia is a neurological difficulty for which, at present, there is no cure. However, ways can be found of coping with the difficulty and people with dyslexia can lead very successful lives.
Dyslexia is a difficulty that is independent of a child’s intelligence. Recognition of dyslexia can help to ensure that the child’s difficulties do not lead to underachievement in the classroom.
Dyslexia is most commonly characterised by difficulties with the acquisition of reading, spelling and writing skills. Spoken language may also be affected, as can aspects of mathematics
- Underachievement academically
- Can perform well orally but finds difficulty with reading, writing and spelling
- Spells phonetically or erratically
- Can be considered clumsy
- Restless, poor concentration span, inattentive, forgetful, easily tired
- Poor organisational skills
However, dyslexic people can be talented in many ways e.g. they can have strongly developed spatial awareness, have good problem solving skills and can often present themselves well orally.
Dyslexic children should receive small group, structured, multi-sensory teaching which involves the children in using their ears, eyes and movement in some way. They will also need much over-learning which, essentially, means being taught the same thing several times but in different ways. Homework should be done in shorter blocks of 15-20 minutes. Ensure homework is completed in a quiet place with no distractions. Be aware that your child will have disappointments but with encouragement and help they will find ways of coping with them.