Going to school should be a place of fun and excitement, not stress and chaos. For a child with a learning disability such as dyslexia, school is a scary and unwelcoming place. Tasks that other children find joyous and simple to undertake are challenging and frustrating. Quite often, a diagnosis such as dyslexia goes undetected until a child begins to read and write, with differences between these children and their peers becoming more prevalent with every literary task they are given.
If a diagnosis of dyslexia occurs early on, usually in the first few years of a child’s education, it is possible to address learning difficulties and create a joyous learning experience once more. On the other hand, if these students slip through the cracks, it becomes more difficult to deal with learning concerns and emotional anxieties that come with not being able to process information as their peers do.
Silent suffering: Things Parents And Teachers Must Know About Dyslexia
Students may suffer in silence for a time, not realizing that their difficulties in processing are not what others are experiencing. They may not be able to advocate for themselves, so it is essential that parents and teachers have a good understanding of what to look for and how to create a supportive learning environment for these children. Here is how you can help:
- Understand that a child with dyslexia gets physically exhausted after a long day of processing. Because the brain is less efficient at processing letters, sounds, and words, the child has to work harder to unscramble all of the information that is being shown to them. They will be tired–have some type of downtime or refreshing activity that they can participate in after school before switching right over to more homework.
- There will be good days……and there will be bad days. Some days a child may feel like they are really conquering his learning challenges, and others it seems as if they have forgotten all of the progress they have made. This is bound to take an emotional toll as well. Be understanding and supportive as you stress that you are in it for the long haul; you are there to make sure that they receive all of the help they need.
- Dyslexia affects everyone differently. The impact that dyslexia has on a child depends on the severity of their condition as well as the time at which it was diagnosed and interventions begin. While some children with early interventions in place can learn to read, write, and process written information efficiently, others may have difficulty with that as well as challenges with understanding spoken language patterns. Children with dyslexia can also struggle with memory and recall issues, which makes tasks like math facts memorization difficult as well. Intervention and treatment will teach children coping strategies to manage their difficulties in the classroom and beyond, so it is essential that these be started as soon as possible.
- Dyslexia is a neurological disorder that is passed down through families. Researchers at Yale School Of Medicine have linked a mutation in the DCDC2 gene to dyslexia, with the result being a disruption in the formation of brain circuits that make it possible to process written information. Chances are, if the family has a history of dyslexia, it is far more likely for a child to have the disorder.
- Children with dyslexia may have social and emotional difficulties as well. It is difficult for a child to realize that they learn differently from their peers. Over time, if dyslexia is not properly diagnosed and treated, it can lead to social difficulties for children and adults as well as emotional issues such as anxiety and low self-esteem. Early intervention aids in reducing or eliminating these issues with proper support from parents, teachers, and peers.
- Dyslexia is a common learning disorder, and the child is not at fault! An estimated 40 million Americans have dyslexia. A portion of this staggering population has not even been formally diagnosed, and they are living and functioning with the condition daily. The good news is, many people who have dyslexia go on to lead successful, happy lives after high school and college, thanks to people that rally around them in support of fostering their natural talents and abilities.
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Putting interventions and learning strategies in place to target learning difficulties will be instrumental in creating a learning environment that primes students for success. At My Multiplication Magic, we combine the latest educational research along with cutting-edge technologies to make learning accessible. Dyslexia can touch almost all aspects of a child’s education; we want to work with you to develop strategies for success that make sense to all learners. Let’s learn together in a fun and engaging environment–contact us today at www.mymultiplicationmagic.com to get started on your path to success!
Sue Bridgman/CEO & Founder of My Multiplication Magic
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