Dyslexia is not a disease. Dyslexia is neurological.
There is no medicine that will
cure dyslexia. The brain works differently. But having dyslexia does not
mean you lack intelligence. Imagine your brain is like a computer that is
being put to work on a task that it was never designed for.
"It has nothing to do with how intelligent you are.
You can be extremely bright and still have dyslexia."
- Tim Tebow
Early identification is important.
But make sure you get the
right type of assessment! There are lots of reasons why someone can fall
behind at school so it is really important to first get hearing and eyesight
An assessment for dyslexia should analyze neurodiversity. This means
identifying an individual's learning strengths and weakness. A weakness in
specific learning skills will indicate the type of dyslexia and be used to
find the most effective strategies.
WARNING – Many assessments that identify dyslexic difficulties do not use
the word 'dyslexia'. Words like 'Auditory Processing Disorder' and 'Visual
Memory Deficit' are used to diagnose the specific type of dyslexia. Remember
that dyslexia is neuro diverse – it affects people in different ways.
Believe in yourself. You can succeed. An impact of dyslexia is low self-confidence. When you can't seem to do
the things other people find easy then you start to believe it when people
tell you you're lazy or stupid. But when you stop trying there is no hope of
success. The first step is to make a dyslexic understand that they can
succeed with a different approach.
People with dyslexia can achieve success by using different
learning methods. Dyslexics don't remember by just seeing and hearing a word
a few times - they forget! But a rule or strategy provides a way of working
Start thinking about how you learn best and how you can adapt
your learning. Then create your own strategies.
What help is
teaching This can be expensive but with the right
teacher it is very effective.
Orton-Gillingham training is desirable. There is no quick fix. Expect many years
Nessy is an online learning program that has
been created by dyslexics, and specialist teachers. Nessy will assess, provide
strategies, rules and learning games. This is an affordable and effective
solution when a tutor is beyond your means.