What is it?Dyslexia comes from the Greek word meaning difficulty with words.
Meaning? Dys lexia Difficult. Word.Difficulty with Difficulty with words. Difficulty withconfidence. time management. But its just not that!!!Difficulty with reading. Difficulty with memory. Difficulty with Spelling. Difficulty with numbers.
Dyslexia is… „A specific learning difference which is neurological in origin and may, for a given level of ability, cause unexpected difficulties in the acquisition of certain literacy and numeracy skills.‟ Some dyslexics have outstanding creative skills. Others have strong oral skills. They all have strengths. Dyslexia can occur despite normal intellectual ability and teaching.
Dyslexia Affects… All races, gender, sexuality, nationality, ages (does not diminish with age). No-one is exempt. Usually more males are identified, as they are easier to identify and recognise the signs of dyslexia in. Some dyslexics tend to develop good coping strategies from an early age and disguise it well.
Coping with dyslexia… No cure for dyslexics just coping strategies/ things that help them. Dyslexia is not just one thing, it is a combination of difficulties and problems in many areas including literacy (reading, writing, spelling) and numeracy, as well as other things like organisation, processing, memory, confidence and coordination. An understanding of these difficulties and problems allows us to put effective and appropriate support in place to help people.
Dyslexia is… Dyslexia is hereditary passed on through generations of the family. 10% of the population are dyslexic in the UK, 4% are deemed severely dyslexic. 4% of HE/ FE students are dyslexic. Each persons dyslexia is like a thumb print ~ all different and unique to that person.
Problems associated with dyslexia… Do not have a good short term memory. Reading. Writing. Spelling. Maths. Confidence. Dexterity. Sequencing. Visual. Lateral thinking. Self esteem/ bad attitude. Attention span. A confident dyslexic will learn more than someone with a low self esteem.
What are dyslexics good at… Thinking out of the box. Planning. Holistic thinking. Visual and auditory aspects. Innovated. Motivated by experiences. Risk takers ~ do not mind failing. Determined. Focused. Good leaders. Good at delegating. Creative. They are usually millionaires!!
Learning Styles… “If a student cannot learn in the way we teach them, we need to teach them in the way they learn.” As the pathway to the memory is through the senses, the more senses that are used at one time, the more direct and powerful the learning. It helps if dyslexics can listen to things, visualise things, smell things, taste and touch items. It helps them to learn better in the style that suits them more. Note we remember 90 % of what we read, hear, see, say AND do. This is the most effective way of learning for all students.