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
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.
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.