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What does it mean if your child has Dyslexia?

What will it mean for my child to have a diagnosis of Dyslexia?
12-August-20
What does it mean if your child has Dyslexia?

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a language based learning difference where the person has an underlying difficulty linking what letters look like to the sound they make.

This means that they may have difficulty with spelling, reading and writing.

Dyslexia is not related in any way to how intelligent a person is and people with different IQ's display the same difficulties.

People with dyslexia often have difficulty in the three main areas below:

  1. Working Memory
  2. Speed of retrieval of information from long term memory
  3. Phonological processing
  • Working MemoryThis is like your brains "post it note" and it is where you store information as you work with it e.g. If I want to do a Maths problem I must remember the steps and use the information in sequence or if I want to remember what I just read I must hold it in my working memory in order to answer questions.
  • If my working memory is poor I will have problems listening and concentrating, following instructions and sometimes processing what you are asking me to do.
  • I need extra time to complete tasks and do exams and I need you to give me thinking time when you ask me a question
  • Speed of retrieval of information from long term memory
  • This means how quickly I can complete a mental task
  • It is the speed in which I can understand and react to the information I receive- this can be visual information (a written instruction I must follow), auditory information (you ask me to do something) or kinaesthetic (you do some sort of movement and I must copy you).
  • Generally it will take me slightly longer to react or respond if I have a difficulty in this area
  • Phonological Processing
  • This is my ability to recognise and work with sounds in words
  • Generally I will find phonics difficult and may learn better by learning sight words
  • If I find this area difficult I will struggle to read and to recognise words I haven't seen before

Some facts to remember

I will learn to read if I am taught how I learn

I am a visual learner and I think in pictures- this is important because I learn by seeing- I need to watch movies, practice with games and see to understand. I do not learn by listening. Generally if you make things visual for me I will learn quicker e.g. write something down or draw me a diagram

I think outside the box and I have amazing things to teach you if you recognise my talents and help me succeed. It is incredibly difficult to have the difficulties I have in school as the curriculum is very language based. Try and understand me and help me become confident by recognising my talents and accepting me for who I am.

Some amazing people with dyslexia changed the world- Leonardo da Vinci- the famous painter, Steve Jobs- apple computers, Mozart- the incredible composer, Muhammad Ali- the famous boxer, Steven Speilberg- the world famous director and Tom Cruise- the famous actor to name a few.

The secret is to work hard, never give up and always remember that all the hard work will be worth it in the end.

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