Imagine being the mother of a third grader and your child’s teacher tells you that your child is in danger of repeating the third grade because he or she is not meeting reading gains, or reading below grade level. As a parent, one of the first questions asked is, “What do you mean my child is going to fail third grade?” In our society, we know that reading is a big issue. In Florida, of course, if a student does not pass the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (F.C.A.T), the student can repeat that grade up to three times. The sad thing is that the previous years’ teachers did not catch this problem way before the child even got this far. Reading difficulties are apparent when one misreads words or has trouble sounding out words and spelling words. One of the most common disorders that are noticeable in younger children is dyslexia.
This learning disability can hinder a child from learning like other children, but it does not prevent children from partaking in the learning process. However, children with dyslexia need to understand that they are not illiterate, or unintelligent. They need to know that their brain is letting them see words, and letters or sounds differently. They should also know that there is help for them and that their teachers, administrators, educational support teams, and parents will continue to work with them throughout their school years.
It is important for children to know that they are not alone. When children do not understand what is happening to them to can develop an inferiority complex. They feel they are dumb, stupid, or not normal. All care and consideration of explaining this disorder to children is primary. Dyslexia can have a major impact on sensitive students, especially as they mature. Younger children do not really understand what is going on, but with age, children will begin to question their own abilities. At this point intervention is the best solution.
Children with dyslexia have a difficult time processing the correct sequence of events. While children with dyslexia may remember an event one-way, children with dyslexia will remember it very different way. This is not to say that children are lying, but rather it is taking them a long time to process the events. Therefore, children with dyslexia can gain and learn from the same experiences as other children, but in a very different way.
Dyslexia Affect Children in More Ways than One
Dyslexia is a disorder of the brain, where the brain fails to function properly. Because of this, a person may have a hard time processing sounds and words within the environment. This disorder is genetic in nature – meaning it is probably part of a family, genetic, which comes from a family member. Dyslexia is a disorder that does not just go away and can typically last a lifetime. However, one good thing about it is that it is treatable, if not preventable. Some students may require the assistance of a reading specialist or speech pathologist. Over time, as long as the treatments are consistent, a person can improve his reading skills.
Dyslexia not only affects children, this disorder affect adults as well. People with dyslexia have a difficult time comprehending what they read, and a more difficult time writing what they see. Their words are usually unreadable, and their writing is oftentimes the same. This learning and reading disability is serious, but there are ways for schools to help children overcome this disability in the classroom. What is more surprising is that most people do not know what dyslexia is, or recognize the signs of dyslexia. They go through their entire life, thinking that their situation is not fixable, or that it is some type of intelligence flaw.
Children with dyslexia have a different time with written tests. They have to read the information and record or transfer their answers to another form. This is not easy, knowing that dyslexia does not allow the students to read the words correctly. This is discouraging for children who are really trying their best to do their best. Children with dyslexia fail to meet their expectations. Most children with dyslexia are perfectionists. They feel bad if they make a mistake or do not perform as well as others think they should.
Parents and teachers can help students achieve maximum performance on tests, and in the classroom, by allowing students to practice. Practicing what will be on the tests can prepare students for any surprises. Students who know what to expect are better able to handle their situation. The brain can understand and process quite a bit of information. The way the information is available to the students, makes a huge difference in how the information registers in the brain. The brain is a wonderful, complex machine, which stores and processes information as quickly as it enters the eyes.
Dyslexia does not affect Children’s Intellect
Dyslexia disorder has nothing to do with intelligence. Many smart and intellectual people have contributed great ideas, and discoveries, even though they suffer or suffered from dyslexia. Dyslexia disorder causes a lot of controversy among teachers and educators, which dates back to 1968. The Federation at the time gave the definition of dyslexia as the inability of children to keep up with the language, reading, and spelling. The disorder lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. Although, it cannot is not the type of disorder that goes away with medicine, it is manageable. At least until people learn how to cope with the disorder, and work with it and not against it. In the meantime, there are ways that educators can help children complete their work, improve in their reading, writing, and spelling, and overall succeed in every aspect of life.
However, success is not attainable if parents are not a part of the solution. Parents need to understand that they can make a difference in their children’s life, if they work with their child’s teacher, support personnel, and others to develop a workable educational plan. The student’s I.E.P .or instructional education plan should include various methods and techniques that teachers, therapists, and other educators use, to help students reach their maximum learning potential.
Important Facts About Dyslexia
Many bright and brilliant children with dyslexia are now bright and brilliant adults. Dyslexia has nothing to do with how intelligent children are, or how creative. In fact, dyslexia does not define how smart children are or how well they can read, write, or spell. It does make a profound statement that says children are unique and special. Even though most children have a difficult time understanding and processing the information they need, they are still able to learn.
Dyslexia in no way measures the intelligence of children. However, dyslexia can cause severe emotional trauma in children and in their families. Children who want to succeed often put more pressure on themselves to perform above their expectations. This could be because other children make fun of children who they believe is “slow” or not smart. Educators can level the playing field and explain to other children what dyslexia is and how it can affect not only children, but adults as well.
Although, dyslexia is not contagious, it could be hereditary. Children with dyslexia exhibit several problems such as anger and depression. Students with anxiety show signs of fear, confusion, and frustration.
It is sad to say, but dyslexia is not the type of disorder that makes itself noticeable. In the early years of students, life dyslexia normally goes undetectable, until a good teacher who has experience with various learning disorders, recognizes the signs. Children with dyslexia disorder have many struggles to overcome. They experience problems in reading, writing, spelling and sounding out letters at a young age. Many parents are not familiar with all the aspects dyslexia or the kind of uncertainty their children faces in the classroom.
Many teachers tend to think that children are acting out, or that they do not want to do their class work. It is not that children do not want to complete their work, but rather because they are having problems processing their work. One of the best ways for teachers and educators to diagnose dyslexia is by performing an evaluation.
A series of short tests will reveal any signs of dyslexia and its complexity. The tests do not analyze or predict students’ performance, or create individual profiles. Computers do the testing through an online testing site, such as B.D.A. No test is 100 percent accurate. The tests do give an indication or the probability rating of a person’s dyslexia. The tests show if the probability is relatively high, moderately slow, or medium. In some cases, the tests may give a false negative or a false positive result.
For instance, students with a very low probability of dyslexia may show up as being a high risk. Retesting is always a choice. In cases such as false negative and positive results, a checklist screening can make testing a littler simpler. The dyslexia checklist will help to determine if any further observations are appropriate. A teacher with a specialization in special education or specific learning might be able to make a thorough assessment. The tests the teachers use are different from the tests the psychologist use.
It might take up to three full hours for a full assessment. This is because the psychologist has to write a report and include important details. The report will list a variety of recommendations and support for children who test positive for dyslexia. Once educators and psychologists reach, a diagnosis educator can best decide which course of action to take. Sometimes a plan to implement a support system may take the efforts of both teachers and parents working together.
Dyslexia is similar to children having a handicap; the disorder can have a negative and a profound effect on the entire family. Although, dyslexia is not visible its effect is easy to overlook or misunderstand. One of the biggest causes of family disagreements is jealousy. Siblings are often upset or jealous of each other, because other children might feel that one child is getting more attention because of an illness. This is normal for children to feel this way and for families to struggle to find a solution.
In some cases, dyslexia may run in the family. This means that parents may have problems with their children’s learning disabilities. Teachers might call and inquire to parents about problems the children might be having at school. However, children with dyslexia do not want to draw any extra attention. Parents who do not understand the impact of dyslexia may say something like “Johnny can do better if he will only buckle down and pay attention to the teacher.”
This is an inappropriate statement to make, considering that little, Johnny is probably trying desperately to pass all of his classes, and stay on top of his schoolwork. Families with one of more children with dyslexia really struggle to maintain a positive family structure. This is not easy, because several children have the same learning disabilities, and now the tension at home is thick enough to cut with a knife.
Parents may want to seek counseling services for themselves, and for their children. Counseling can help families to accept all the emotional discomfort, anger, depression, and uncertainty that come with having dyslexic children. The pressure is more so on the parents, who have to try to understand what their dyslexic children is going to, and yet understand the strain that the disorder is placing on the other children in the family.
School psychologists and guidance counselors can shed some light on how dyslexic children view, process, and relate to their learning experience. This reassurance will help families understand that they are not alone, in trying to understand the ramifications of dyslexia. Families are actually stronger than they realize. With the help and support of families, children with dyslexia can become brilliant scientists, doctors, architects, lawyers. All they need to do is take value in who they are, and be grateful that they are unique, one of a kind and special.
Dyslexia does not hinder or prevent children from succeeding and accomplishing their goals. In fact, here are a short summary of famous people with dyslexia, who have went on to achieve great success in their lives. These people have worked through their learning disability, and they are now very good at what they do. One such person is a well-liked female comedian, who have starred in many movies, and how even hosted on one of the television shows. Who is the funny, high-spirited actress, that played in the box star movie ‘Ghost?” It is none other than Whoopi Goldberg.
Another famous woman with dyslexia went on to make history. She was the first woman ever to make her way across the North and the South poles. Not even people without dyslexia were able to cross these two poles.
Another famous female with dyslexia helped to expose a state utility company, and with her help and the help of the towns people she helped the citizens to receive a huge lump sum of more than 333 million dollars in a lawsuit settlement. This was the largest lawsuit ever to be awarded in the United States.
Stephen J Cannell and Emmy Award winner, a T V producer, a writer, and an author help to create and produce more than 38 television shows. Some of the masterpieces he created were “Renegade,” Jump Street,” “Wise guy,” and “Silk Stalkings.” His contribution to media television comes to the creation of more than 1500 shows, and 350 episodes. Included in his masterpieces are the “A –Team””Rockford Files.”
Nolan Ryan is another famous people who made his debut in the Hall of Flame Baseball as a pitcher for the New York Mets. He played for six successful years from 1965 to 1971. His contribution to the game lead to the New York Mets World Series in 1969 and to the California Angels 1972 through 1976, and the Houston Astros in the year 1980, followed by the a big hit in 1989 for the Texas Rangers.
Everyone knows Charles Schwab, but not everyone knows he is dyslexia. That right the self made billionaire is the chairman and founder of one of the largest and most prestigious security brokerage firm in the United States. Assets for his company are more than 800 billion dollars. Schwab has locations throughout the United States and his company is still providing financial security to businesses and individuals today.
Henry Winkler, also known as the “Fonz,” and the star of Happy Days is dyslexic. He is best known for the Fonz role for 10 long years, from 1974 to 1984. He is an actor, a director and a producer. He studied drama at the Yale School for four years, from 1967 through 1971. He also starred in a movie called “Little Nicky.”
Funny man and serious actor Danny Glover have a learning disability. He is famous for his role in “Lethal Weapon,” “Color Purple,” and dozens of other movies. His dyslexia has not stopped him from being the successful actor that he is.
Singer and funny lady “Cher” is also a person of interest who suffers from dyslexia. She won an Academy Award for their role in the Movie “Moonstruck.” The award was given to her in 1987.
Other people of interest that are well known, and that suffer from a learning disability are;
John T Chambers
Sir Richard Branson
Patricia Buckley Moss
These are at least hundreds of famous or well-known actors, actresses, and professionals who have achieved success, despite of their learning disability. Their stories only goes to show that people can succeed if they are given the opportunity to represent themselves in a way that make sense to them. Although, they see the world differently, they can still make a generous contribution to medicine, science, art, media networking, television and radio.