They are labeled as dull or lazy without realizing what the actual problem is? In our surrounding we find a number of children feeling embarrassed and having low self esteem because they are unable to cope up with the class level and compete with their peers. The problem of Dyslexia has now been recognized as a condition of the brain which is the cause of below average academic performance especially in reading, writing, spellings or Math.
Dyslexia, which is also called as ‘developmental reading disorder’, is a neurological difference that can be present at all ages.
It is a learning disability that slows down a child’s ability to read, speak and spell.
There are three proposed cognitive subtypes of Dyslexia: auditory, visual and attentional. It is considered as both 1) learning and 2) reading disability.
Symptoms of Dyslexia:
- Difficulty with spellings, Reading Comprehension and writing.
- Directional confusion.
- Writing reversal letters and numbers: e.g. b as d, p as q and so on.
- Change of sequence of letters like left as felt, cat as act…
- Omission of letters as in wet for went.
- Difficulty in calculations.
- Reluctant to go to school.
A number of students suffering from Dyslexia also experience symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD).
- Difficulty in paying attention, listening and following directions and organizing time and work.
- Inclination to loose possessions.
- Inconsistent performance.
- Poor self esteem.
- Social immaturity.
- Lack of self-control.
Above all Dyslexia is not a diseased. It’s a simple learning disability that can be treated by just following some simple and easy steps and giving some extra time along with the routine of those students.
- Take out some extra time for those students.
- Reduce their work load.
- Give them each instruction clearly and separately.
- Make sure they have understood it well.
- Motivate them by giving encouraging remarks.
- Monitor their work so as to avoid mistakes.
- Give them time to complete their work.
- Boost their self esteem and morale.
- Help them out in every possible way.
On top of it DON’T ever loose your temper. Be patient at all times.
I am sure that your time and hard work will definitely bring up these children to the required level and bring out the best in them.