I had to take my son out of school for 5 months to rebuild his confidence after all the damage that was created, his 1-2-1 worker actually used to sit next to him bonking him on the head with rolled up paper when he wasn't concentrating!Thank you for starting this post. I am currently beginning the quest to understand dyslexia because my 7 year old daughter has it. It has taken a LOT of effort to get help for it and mostly I am finding coping skills on the internet, not through the school system.
The schooling system leaves much to be admired in this area. If she has a good school then it is likely she will find it easier. Personally i had to really fight hard to get my son into a school where they actually understood what is happening with him. The nightmares i could tell you about! The SENCO for his old school refused to believe he even had dyslexia until i produced the report.
I taught 5th grade and had an extremely bright boy in my class who had thankfully been diagnosed early, so working with his reading coach helped me understand it better and learn to teach outside the box. The interesting thing is that dyslexics benefit from multi-sensory teaching techniques that actually help the entire class as well since we all remember better when learning through different styles even the ones that are not our strengths.
YES! Multisensory teaching benefits all children as it combines all learning styles.
Traditional elementary teaching relies heavily on visual learning which is often where the dyslexic struggles to bring in information accurately. Many dyslexics do better in college where the focus switches to more auditory style. My daughter has amazing social intelligence (at age two she started dumping the sand from her shoes in the trash can without being told or modeled) and self-confidence. She is also gifted with perfect pitch and loves to sing and play instruments.
Yes again! it's really good to hear from someone with a similiar experience as a parent. I'm so glad you can see her strengths, and i'm sure you will push for the best for her. Co-incedently my son also had the sweetest little singing voice, his nursery teacher said he sounded like an angel.
Her father who is also dyslexic is a gifted mechanic and immediately understands how to fix things that make most men swear. He has found his niche as a trouble shooter for an electronics firm and he loves everything about his job but the paper work! He also has this amazing way of seeing things in 3D in his head so once he's been someplace he never forgets how to get there (although figuring it out from a map is harder for him). I appreciate his amazing genius with 3D and he relies on me to pay bills, and read through legal documents so we make a great team. I also love to read out loud to him at night while he plays his video games.
Yes the thinking in 3d is an amazing ability! Have you asked your daughter if she thinks like this?
When I began researching this I read that dyslexia is not a problem in societies where they write right to left or top to bottom because the brain naturally perceives symbolism from right to left (Unfortuately, I didn't bookmark so I don't have a name to back up this speculation). The article said also that dyslexics are gifted at hands on skills that were more important in hunter/gatherer and agricultural societies so I agree that it is a gift/handicap based on societal norms.
Yes, it is also less of a problem in other countries with languages that are spelt how they sound-like spanish.
So in the meantime, I have a lot of work cut out for me to help my daughter learn to read which is difficult, but luckily she loves stories and is very imaginative so she loves books. I just hope that school will not destroy her amazing self-confidence and the moment it threatens it--I'm homeschooling!
I have found a program that is working for us, it is expensive to get in the facilatator (1 week intensive) but it is also possible to buy the materials and do it at home yourself and you can phone them for support.