What is Dyslexia?
Do you suspect your child may have dyslexia? Some of the most common characteristics of dyslexia may include:
*trouble remembering letter sounds
*difficulty with spelling
*difficulty with multisyllabic words
*afraid to read out loud
*avoids books because of their size
*letter and number reversals
*difficulty with organizing thoughts
*trouble with handwriting
*need more time to process information
Parents of children who have received the diagnosis of "dyslexia" can often feel overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. The first thing I'd like to encourage you with is that research points to the fact that children with dyslexia can learn coping strategies and grow up to lead very productive lives. While dyslexia is a neurobiological condition that remains with a person for life, dyslexic children have a high chance for learning to read and write given the correct type of reading instruction.
The type of instruction that works best for the dyslexic mind is explicit, systematic, and diagnostic. This is also known as Structured Literacy. It encompasses the following elements: phonology, sound-symbol relationship, syllables, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Orton-Gillingham based methods, like Slingerland©, are among the leading methods for reading intervention. The Slingerland© Approach incorporates the use of multisensory learning within the structured literacy framework.