Issues regarding children with Dyslexia
Dyslexia is the name given to children or adults who experience difficulty with learning to read. Often they perform quite well in other learning areas for some time but eventually the dyslexic problem they have will effect on their overall learning. Dyslexic children tend to spell words in a peculiar way with letters back to front or in the wrong sequence. They often know which letters to write but they will place them in the wrong order................. e.g. English - Engilsh does - dose when - wehn
Children who suffer from dyslexia struggle with learning to read and spell, affecting their confidence in some learning areas because of their inability, often comparing with others their own age. It can be made worse for them by people who do not understand the condition and believe these children are lazy, unwilling to learn or plain stupid which of course is not correct.
A great deal of research has been done over the years and help is available for those who wish to take advantage of what is on offer. Dyslexic children need special attention and care with a structured program used daily. If your child suffers from a mild form of dyslexia their condition will improve rapidly using proper teaching methods helping them excel.
If you have a child with a severe case of dyslexia it will take time to resolve, you will need to be patient, understanding, persistent and loving. Reading and spelling will eventually come in most cases, although sometimes it will be slow progress for the rest of ones life. But it is better to be slow and have the ability to read, than not able to read at all.
Because dyslexia is a topic that needs to be looked at in great length it is not covered here, however if you need help you could try typing in 'dyslexia' in a major search engine or take a look at the web sites specializing on this topic provided below.
http://www.dyslexiaassociation.org.au/ The ADA is a professional association borne from real life specialist teachers and related professionals in the field including speech and language therapists and informed psychologists who have encountered and embraced the need to learn about dyslexia and the teaching they require.
http://www.dyslexia-inst.org.uk/ The Dyslexia Institute (DI) is an educational charity, founded in 1972, for the assessment and teaching of people with dyslexia and for the training of teachers. It has grown to become the only national dyslexia teaching organization in the world. The DI puts a high priority on research into ways of improving the effectiveness of its teaching, and on the development of teaching materials. The DI Guild is the DI's professional body with open membership. It welcomes individuals with an interest in dyslexia. The Dyslexia Institute, 133 Gresham Road, Staines, MIDDX, TW18 2AJ, UK, Phone 01784 463851, Fax 01784 460747
http://www.dyslexia-speld.com THE DYSLEXIA-SPELD FOUNDATION WA (Inc) provides a range of services and family support throughout Western Australia to enable children and adults with specific learning disabilities to realize their greatest potential.
http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk BRITISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) campaigns for a dyslexia friendly society where barriers to dyslexic people do not exist. The BDA works to ensure that ALL people with dyslexia fulfil their potential. To achieve this we need to create change, set standards and support and enable people. It is the voice of dyslexic people; it listens to their views, represents their agendas and presses for long lasting sustainable change.
http://www.dyslexia.com Why is dyslexia a gift? Dyslexic people are visual, multi-dimensional thinkers. We are intuitive and highly creative, and excel at hands-on learning. Because we think in pictures, it is sometimes hard for us to understand letters, numbers, symbols, and written words. We can learn to read, write and study efficiently when we use methods geared to our unique learning style.
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/DYS_DysArticleintro.html A new model of this reading disorder emphasizes defects in the language-processing rather than the visual system. It explains why some very smart people have trouble learning to read.
http://www.learninglinks.org.au Learning Links is an Australian charity and non-profit organization assisting children who have difficulty learning. We work with families to provide a complete service for children in need. Our service brings together teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and family counselors to work towards each individual child's goals. Learning Links helps children to be the best they can be.
http://www.ld.org National Centre for Learning Disabilities. There are urgent challenges in the world of LD that call for innovative solutions. We know that more than a third of adolescents with learning disabilities drop out of high school, only 30 percent earn a diploma, and a mere 14 percent enroll at a two- or four-year college. The problems reflected in these statistics have roots in early childhood, and affect individuals throughout their lifespan.
http://www.dystalk.com/ dysTalk is an information-sharing social enterprise devised by Will Orr-Ewing and Josh Pull
http://www.smartkidswithld.org/Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities provides information, support and inspiration to parents of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, while also educating the public about the remarkable gifts and talents of these kids.
http://www.nldontheweb.org/ Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), also called Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, is a developmental disability which all too often goes undiagnosed. Individuals with this potentially debilitating disorder generally suffer in silence.
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