Simply put, dyslexia is a brain that functions a little differently. Functioning MRI studies have shown that when a person with dyslexia reads, the activated areas of his/her brain looks quite a bit different than a non-dyslexic person. This brain difference doesn’t just affect reading, but lots of areas in a child’s life, and it looks different in every person. Outside of reading difficulties, here are some other possible signs:
Dyslexia occurs on a continuum, so not all will have trouble with everything on the list and others may have all of these things plus some. It is also highly heritable, much like the color of their eyes or how tall they will be.
One thing they all have in common, though, is that they have average to high intelligence. They are also gifted in other areas such as sports, music, art, etc., and they are big picture thinkers. When their natural gifts and abilities are paired with proper reading intervention, many go on to be leading inventors, famous actors, and CEOs of companies.
First, let me explain how it helped my child. My son Austin struggled in school beginning in kindergarten, but I couldn’t figure out what was wrong or how to help him. I kept thinking that maybe he would grow out of it or eventually just catch on, but he just seemed to get further and further behind.
I was a first grade teacher with a master’s degree that made a living teaching other people’s children to read, yet I couldn’t teach my own child. I was frustrated and spent many nights in tears because I didn’t know how to help.
Austin was diagnosed with dyslexia in the 3rd grade, but there was no help offered at our school at the time. It seemed as if everyone around me was scared to even say the word, so I went searching for an answer on my own.
I have since gone through training in a dyslexia program and also went back to school for 15 more college hours, earning a dyslexia endorsement on my Arkansas teaching license.
Two years ago, I began using that dyslexia program at Genoa Elementary and have been amazed at the amount of growth that has taken place in a short amount of time with my students. Kids are finally being taught in a way that conforms to how they learn, and they are absolutely soaring for the first time in their lives!
The program essentially “rewires” the dyslexic brain to function more like a non-dyslexic brain when reading words.
The lessons are fun to learn and use all of the senses, allowing children to be up and moving for much of the lesson. Since every lesson is taught to mastery, the length of the program varies and could range from one year to three years, depending on the degree of dyslexia experienced by your child.
This is not a quick fix, but studies have shown that the “rewiring” is permanent, which is exactly what we are looking for!
Well, at the end of his 4th grade year he received a top reading award for AR points, and at the end of his 5th grade year he received an award for reading over one million words in one year!
He says reading is one of his favorite things to do, and he’s happy to discuss the topic of dyslexia with anyone that will listen.
Imagine – enjoying something that once brought only tears and frustration!
I have seen this program work over and over again, and I’m excited to bring it to even more children.
Teaching dyslexic children is a true passion for me, and I can’t wait to begin helping your student!
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