We would answer the question of what is dyslexia much different than most
We have found there are many different types of dyslexia. Many students have what we call right-brain dyslexia — that is the student learns differently and would benefit from a hands-on approach that plays to the student’s strengths.
What is Dyslexia This is the response from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia at a Glance
- Dyslexia is the name for specific learning disabilities in reading.
- Dyslexia is often characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling.
- Dyslexia may cause problems with reading comprehension and slow down vocabulary growth.
- Dyslexia may result in poor reading fluency and reading out loud.
- Dyslexia is neurological and often genetic.
- Dyslexia is not the result of poor instruction.
- With the proper support, almost all people with dyslexia can become good readers and writers.
Dyslexia symptoms often look just like this.
What if you looked at a typical student with dyslexia and found that:
– The student one sees as dyslexic is a right-brain learner who learns best when the child sees and experiences information
– The student often skips words and lines when reading. Eye teaming and a visual-spatial learner are often co-morbid conditions. This means they are often, but not always present in the same child.
Same for attention — Attention issues are often but not always present for the dyslexic child.
Let’s say one the student is referred for dyslexia programs — with the top choice being a phonics-based program.
The challenge is that this will help reading fluency, but five issues are likely to persist:
– A problem with frequently used word vocabulary (e.g. but, when. except, etc) would not be improved
– Word recognition skills may not be improved if the student is looking for a visual vs. a sound pattern
– The student may continue to skip words and lines
– Attention issues are likely to persist
– Frustration and anxiety are likely to persist
What would happen if the student with right-brain dyslexia was provided a right-brain program that:
– Improve vocabulary for frequently used words and word recognition
– Eye teaming challenge was identified and addressed
– Attention challenge was confirmed and addressed
– Frustration and anxiety was reduced as the student succeeds
We have seen this in over 2000 students, but the “What is Dyslexia” question is still answered as a phonics-based program
If you would like to see if your child has right-brain dyslexia and is a right-brain learner who has an attention and/or eye teaming issue visit www.3dlearner.com