Since October 2013 I’ve been emerged into to the Dyslexia Nation as author Ben Foss calls it. In October I found out that my son has Dyslexia and Dysgraphia accompanied with ADD. Why is this important?
Well did you know that Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 individuals, many of whom remain undiagnosed and receive little or no intervention services?
What are the symptoms? This is straight out of the National Center for Learning Disabilities
For at Least the Past Six Months, My Child Has Had Trouble
- Understanding instructions or directions
- Repeating what has just been said in proper sequence.
- Staying on topic and getting to the point (gets bogged down in details).
- Naming people and objects.
- Speaking with precise, accurate language, proper grammar and a varied vocabulary.
- Distinguishing between words that sound similar.
- Pronouncing words correctly.
- Speaking smoothly, without much halting or use of “filler words” (like “um”).
- Understanding humor, puns and idioms.
- Reading age-appropriate content with good fluency.
- Reading aloud or silently with good understanding.
- Feeling confident and interested in reading.
- Remembering sight words and other printed words.
- Learning and remembering new vocabulary words.
- Accurately analyzing unfamiliar words (tends to guess instead).
- Reading words and letters in the correct order, seldom reversing or skipping over them.
- Understanding word problems in math.
- Mastering spelling rules.
- Spelling the same word consistently and correctly.
- Writing letters, numbers and symbols in the correct order.
- Proofreading and correcting self generated work.
- Expressing ideas in an organized way. (older children)
- Preparing/organizing writing assignments. (older children)
- Fully developing ideas in writing. (older children)
- Listening and taking notes at the same time.
Susan Barton has a few videos about Dyslexia that I recommend watching.
What is Dyslexia?
Classic Warning Signs
Gifts and Solutions
What does this matter?
The only “solution” to dyslexia is learning a different way which is echoed throughout Susan’s website Bright Solutions. Ben Foss’s book, author of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning, also encourages dyslexic’s to embrace new technology and embrace their dyslexia.
As far as the HOW they learn, that is where Orton-Gillingham-based methods come in. There are several in the market but the two I’ve used are:
I also have done a lot of reading and PRAYING and have found some great additional resources:
Here are some other great informative websites: