At the end of this session you will be able to <ul><li>List the characteristics of dyslexia </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest possible causes of dyslexia </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate dyslexics from ‘plain poor readers’ </li></ul><ul><li>Describe your child’s dyslexic profile </li></ul>
Before we start we need to recognise one thing!!! All children are different .
Dyslexic children will share some characteristics but no two dyslexic children are exactly the same. Your child is valuable and unique!
How do I know if my child is dyslexic? TASK 1 The Dyslexia Screening Test
Is there a test that will tell me if my child is dyslexic? There are tests which can signpost Dyslexia.
We must remember two points <ul><li>Some children will be better readers that others – all children are different </li></ul><ul><li>Dyslexic children have special problems that other children do not have. </li></ul>
What problems might my child have? Reading Spelling Handwriting Schoolwork Confidence Coordination
Is there a cure for dyslexia? No but there are lots of ways of helping dyslexic children.
Possible Causes of Dyslexia The first thing that needs to be said is that dyslexia is not brought about by poor parenting. On the contrary, it is the parents of dyslexic children who have taken the initiatives and have brought dyslexia to public attention.
The Brain Modern technology means that the brain can be studied in great detail. Some researches believe that the there are differences in the brains of dyslexic children
Genetics There is strong evidence that dyslexia runs in families. This does not mean that if a dyslexic man or woman has a child, the child will be dyslexic.
Memory We need to use our memory in order to be able to read and write, We need to remember what sounds letters represent when we read. We need to be able to recall letters to represent sounds when we write.
Speed of Processing We need to process a lot of visual, memory and auditory information quickly to read and write.