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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines dyslexia as a variable often familial learning disability involving difficulties in acquiring and processing language that is typically manifested by a lack of proficiency in reading, spelling, and writing. Dyslexics do not have below average intelligence and usually do not have problems in school subjects other than language and math. Dyslexia is diagnosed by psychological and educational tests, and the difficulty in processing cannot be a result of another condition such as poor vision. The condition persists throughout the lifetime of an individual, and most of have developed routines and methods to cope and overcome the disability.


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Building Confidence

A major problem that accompanies dyslexia in school age children is the lack of self-confidence. Unresponsive to the conventional teaching/learning methods, a dyslexic child may come to the conclusion that he (or she) is slower than the other kids, which further discourages learning. The best scenario is to identify that a child has dyslexia and be able to confront the condition before his self-confidence is torn down by schoolmates, teachers, and school. In order to renew interests in learning successfully, the child’s confidence must be rebuilt, and the mindset that he is slower than the other kids must be corrected. Often dyslexic children excel in other areas such as physical coordination or creativity, and these strengths must be brought to light and encouraged. Making a list of things he is good at versus things that he is “not so good” at can help him see that there are many activities outside of academia where he might be better than his schoolmates. Offering praise and rewards for admirable actions in school unrelated to academics will begin to build his confidence and allow him to realize that he is not stupid, but different than the other kids.


T & T

For a child that hasn’t given up or has renewed his interest in learning, there are numerous techniques and tips that parents of dyslexic children have developed, in addition to paid classes and sessions, to help keep up with school work and everyday living. To help with reading, making reading a game, reading with the child aloud, reading “big kid” chapter books, or using colored transparencies all have worked in helping a dyslexic child read. Using magnetic letters on the refrigerator, baking cupcakes, using word processors or flashcards, and playing educational computer games may help with learning spelling. Wearing a bracelet or holding your left thumb and index finger out as an L can help differentiate between left and right. Mnemonics and hand signs can help with commonly misspelled words or confusing letters such as “b” and “d” or “p” and “q.” A list of hints and tips for parents provided by parents with dyslexic children and dyslexics can be found online at [1]. These seemingly simple tricks can follow a dyslexic child for life and help him learn to cope with everyday living when reading, spelling, writing, or math is required.


Proud to be a Dyslexic?

Dyslexia, determined to have a genetic component, frequently occurs in multiple members of the same family. Numerous theories exists to identify the cause of dyslexia, including chromosome regions, different brain structures, deficits in phonological awareness, and dyslexia being a natural occurring variant that only became a problem when reading was imposed on the general public. If the true biological cause is determined, there is no doubt researchers will continue to work towards a “cure,” but would you really want to cure it? Numerous famous scientists, politicians, and entertainers such as Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Leonardo da Vinci, and Walter Disney all had difficulties learning as a child but ultimately accomplishing amazing feats of creativity and genius.




References

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Dyslexia Treatment, www.dyslexia-parent.com

Dyslexia - MayoClinic.com

www.dyslexia.com

www.wikipedia.org


Author: Allen Chang