Dear Fans of Dyslexia,
Here at The Brilliant Dyslexic, as the founder of the company, I believe in the power of dyslexia. When I say dyslexia is a great asset, I really believe it with my whole mind and heart.
All you really need to do is look at most successful people in the world, and they usually wither have dyslexia or ADD/ADHD, or both!
All that need to happen is different reading, writing, and spelling instruction, and BAM, SUPERSTARS.
Along with my interactive alphabet, is videos to introduce each letter.
If you know you have a student with dyslexia, it is best to start instruction with a couple of letters, and the letters I chose to start with are not the regular bunch, for a couple of reasons.
Most programs start with the a, b, c, f, m, s, and t.
I did NOT chose these letters for two reasons:
1. While in college, I was lucky enough to take classes from a professor who was fascinated by memory. He had all kinds of research, tips, tricks, and information he shared with us that was fascinating to me. I use many things in my programs he taught, but I also study memory because it's simply fun! One thing he taught was that the beginning of sequences and the most commonly used letters are the easiest to memorize. When designing my program, and laying out all 44 sounds of English, I looked at those first 6 letters. Now, it is rare if students don't already know these letters and sounds. That's because they are in many, many words. I started looking at lists of words, and the word list for the Short /a/ is much longer than the list for Short /e/, Short /i/, Short /o/ and Short /u/. The Short /a/ sounds needs less practice. The introduction of letters is different in my program, and that is INTENTIONAL.
2. I was tired of reading about a Cat that Sat on a Mat. Seriously.
For dyslexic students, learning each letter needs to be consistent and the pacing is different than with non-dyslexic students. Each letter sound combination must be learned and committed to memory before moving on to the next letter and sound.
Here is a video that goes with Short /i/.
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People with dyslexia need multisensory reading instruction.
What does this mean?
Instead of a "Charlie Brown" teacher, "Blah, Blah, Blahing..." in front of the classroom, students are encouraged, no they MUST, see, say, and feel all of the sounds. And, they use their hands, manipulatives, different writing surfaces, and writing tools to assist with their memory.
This video shows how students can start differentiating between certain sounds. Usually just 2 sounds are taught at once, but in this video, many sounds are taught, as it is a demonstation video for teachers.
Hello Fans of Learning :-)
This article from Psychology Today is fantastic.
Instead of the old and tired question, "How was school today?" David Rettew M.D. wrote a wonderful article about 100 Questions to Ask Your Teen.
As a parent, we need to keep it real.
And not boring.