It’s also very anxiety-provoking: ‘What teaching methods will work and where can I find them?’ ‘Will my child feel “stupid”?’ ‘Will she have to repeat grades?’ ‘How will this affect his self confidence?’ 'What if...’
Stop. Take a deep breath. Start here.
A: There’s no one ‘disability’ called dyslexia.
Each instance of dyslexia is different. Think of it as a fusion of a talent or predisposition, environmental influences and unsuccessful learning experiences.... every dyslexic will have his or her own issues. It’s not a simply a check list, but rather “the mother of all learning disabilities”, closely associated with ADD/ADHD, Autism and Hyperactivity.
B: Too visual to learn?
Some believe dyslexia can be triggered when a child is “too good” at recognising real life objects, making it harder for them to replace those very clear mental images with printed symbols such as letters and words. Disorientated and confused, a child can quickly feel stressed and “stupid” or “slow”... leading many to some rather ingenuous cover behaviours.
C: Dyslexia can be a gift
Multi-dimensional thinking is faster than verbal thinking, which means dyslexics tend to be more curious, creative, inventive and intuitive than average. As they learn in
such a 3-D way, once a skill is learnt – it often becomes almost instinctive.
This ABC is adapted from a synopsis of Name The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D Davis. To buy the book, click here. To suggest other dyslexia reading... let us know in the comments below.