Think dyslexia and many cite seeing letters backwards or spelling difficulties. But there’s more going on in such children.
Let me give you an example. A teacher wanted her Grade One students to draw a picture of themselves. But one child drew a picture of the student sitting beside him.
The teacher was upset and told the boy that he wasn’t listening to her instructions. The boy replied that she told him to “draw what he sees” in reference to a self-portrait.
He added that he “drew what he could see” which was the boy next to him; he obviously couldn’t draw himself because he couldn’t “see himself”. The teacher was obviously confused by his answer.
More than just reading problems
Many think dyslexia is just about reading problems. It is isn’t. It also about learning and thinking differently. Students with dyslexia tend to be literal in their speech or interpretation of the world around them – especially instructions.
Karey Hope, founder of Dyslexia Victoria Online, says that in this kind of situation, it’s best to be specific with your instructions.
“If you find your child does not understand what you are saying or asking then maybe you could try to be more complete and clear with your words or ask the child what they think you meant so you can correct what they have confused.
“I believe practice of this type of clarity with words will help to avoid misunderstanding that can be beneficial in any situation with anyone.”
Children with dyslexia are not stupid
Let’s get this right: a child with dyslexia understands his or her world. They know what is going one and can process that. It’s just that they process it differently from us.
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