Dear Reading Fans,
Sometimes I feel being a Dyslexia Specialist is incredibly easy. At the least, it's very enjoyable for me.
Working with kids? - Completely Awesome
Kids with "learning challenges"? - I just don't see a challenge. All I see is a different way to strategize. No problem.
Listening to people read? - Love it!
Being patient? - I don't see a problem.
I am lucky, but only 100% of the time.
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.
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!
A teacher can't get too far in reading instruction before realizing writing instruction is close behind. When I first started teaching it was common to give students a list of twenty words to learn, with a spelling test on Friday. This model happens in many schools across the United States.
Ideally, instead of one list, we feel words should be separated into three lists:
1. Reading Words
2. Spelling Words
3. Vocabulary Words