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Dyslexia is a different way of thinking. There are significant differences in brain function among children with dyslexia. Sadly, the diagnosis often comes after a child has fallen behind, frustrated by schoolwork, and is giving up. Most teachers do not understand the challenges of dyslexia. Testing as early as possible is important. When dyslexia is identified, students can get the help they need.

Educators need to start getting creative.

Dyslexia is a different way of thinking and a result of cerebrodiversity. It can be confusing for a student to be in a typical learning environment.

  • Each person's brain operates a little differently from any other person’s brain.
  • Typical teaching methods are not always compatible with the way a dyslexic learns
  • Most educational methods cater to using one broad approach for all students.

Dyslexia occurs because brains are organized differently

Children with dyslexia tend to struggle with phonics or sounding out words. There are three areas that can challenge the dyslexic brain:

  • Phoneme awareness
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
When dyslexia is identified early, students can get the necessary resources and help that they need.

15-20% of Americans have reading disabilities, we need more educational support.

When dyslexia is identified early, students can get the necessary resources and help that they need. After diagnosis, specially trained teachers provide extra instruction. They also help the child develop new ways to read, spell, and comprehend class lessons.

Key Takeaways:

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The first and most important step is understanding what dyslexia is and what it is not.
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Learning to read requires a new, non-traditional method.
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To overcome the challenges, a child must work to get several brain functions to cooperate with each other.

Understanding dyslexia is the first and most important step in dealing with the condition.

Dyslexic children’s brains are organized differently. Thus, learning to read for a dyslexic child requires non-traditional methods. Students may have confusion over learning methods that don’t work for them, but seemingly work well for others. Diagnosis often comes after the student has experienced repeated scholastic failures and fallen behind their peers. However, testing for possible dyslexia allows early intervention, as early as kindergarten or first grade. Once diagnosed, a child is able to learn to read with the help of specially trained teachers and necessary resources.

 

If a child suffers for a long period before getting help it is likely they will suffer damage to self-esteem.

Dyslexics are not the only "Different Thinkers". Many of the world's best creators throughout history saw things in a different way. We need to find ways to enhance our teaching systems to help these children get the best education in a way that they will thrive.

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