Many of you saw this when I originally posted it a few months ago, and it was incredibly popular. However, we have a lot of new people and I thought they might want to see it, as well. Dyslexia is often accompanied by other conditions such as ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of myths about dyslexia. One myth that my parents had to battle was, “Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until third grade”. Early intervention is so important, yet many schools still believe that nothing can or should be done until third grade. Thankfully, my parents knew better and I received the help I needed. Which myths have you had to battle?
How do you find a professional with the right qualifications to test you or your child?
The International Dyslexia Association has a partial list of providers: http://www.interdys.org/FindAProvider.htm
Your local branch of the IDA should have a more thorough list of providers in your area. You can find your branch here:http://www.interdys.org/searchbystate.aspx
Most states have Dyslexia Centers you can contact. Indiana, for example, has the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, an outstanding resource for information and help.
There are websites that contain lists of providers, like this one (scroll down a page or so): http://www.iser.com/dyslexia.html
Most states have parent support groups on either Facebook or on Yahoo Groups, and the parents are always willing to provide recommendations and honest feedback about testing facilities.
Your pediatrician may be able to make recommendations.
Librarians are usually quite concerned about literacy and often know the doctors and testing facilities in their region who deal with any condition that deals with a child’s ability to read.
If your child displays some of the symptoms of dyslexia, especially if there is a family history, how can you confirm your suspicion that he or she has dyslexia?
Very few schools can or will test for dyslexia. You will most likely need to hire a specially trained professional yourself. Also, most of us are required to take several tests, not just one.
Here is a comprehensive list of the tests most commonly used to diagnose dyslexia: http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/dyslexics/learn-about-dyslexia/dyslexia-testing/tests
It is rare that a child displays all of the common symptoms of dyslexia. Each person is unique and will have their own combination of symptoms and levels of severity.
Common symptoms of dyslexia by age. What additional symptoms would you add?
Pre-K to Grade 2 (I would add difficulty tying shoes):http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-children-pre-k-to-grade-2
Grade 3 - Grade 8 (I would add difficulty telling time using an analog clock): http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-children-in-grades-3-8
Grade 9 - Grade 12: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-teens
College Students: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-and-warning-signs-in-adults
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. At least 10% of students are affected by dyslexia. Please help raise awareness by talking to your friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers and others about dyslexia!
I’ll be addressing different topics each day this month. Many thanks to all of you for your suggestions!
I’ll kick things off by reminding you of the information and free resources available on http://dyslexickids.net/. At DyslexicKids.net, you’ll find a free interactive eBook downloadable through iTunes (click on the “Resources” tab), you can sign up for free tutoring, join a support group for children and teens with dyslexia, and learn more about dyslexia.
Dyslexia Conference from 2:00 - 5:00 on October 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Free and open to the public. Speakers will be from 2:00 - 4:00 in the Globe Room of the main library; assistive technology hands-on demonstrations will be from 4:00 - 5:00 in the Young Adults conference room.
"It is possible to turn dyslexia into a positive rather than a negative. I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate other tasks, a skill that set me in good stead to develop the whole Virgin Group. Having dyslexia means having to trust others to help you with tasks or do them on your behalf – this ability to let go is vital for entrepreneurs." ~Richard Branson, famous dyslexic
Students with dyslexia often need accommodations in order to complete the same assignments as other students. But what accommodations should you request?
Keep in mind that accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, give students an unfair advantage, or change what a test measures. They simply make it possible for students with dyslexia to show what they know.
Here are a few possible accommodations taken from an article by NCLD (http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/accommodations-education/accommodations-include-iep-504-students-ld).
Do any of you use a smartpen to take notes in class? I use the Livescribe Sky. It was difficult to set up on Windows 8, but now that it is set up, it is a joy to use. It appears there’s a new model on the way with even more features:
A documentary film currently by Luis Macias that seeks to help educators and parents understand what dyslexia is, explain why it is important for students struggling with reading, writing, and spelling to be screened for dyslexia as early as possible, and show the effect proper tutoring and classroom accommodations can have on the ability for these students to have a chance at being successful in school.
Set aside an hour and watch the film “Embracing Dyslexia” here: