The day Mario‘s parents chose to enroll in my course, they were completely at the end of their rope. Their son Mario was in third grade and he was reading at a first grade level. The school said that he was developing just fine, he was making progress, and he was just, “a little bit slower” than his classmates. His teacher insisted that Mario needed more time to close the gap between his grade level and his reading level, and that by the end of the year everything would just, “work itself out.”
The problem was, the parents, Angela and Rick, had two other children who had no learning issues. When it came to their third child having difficulty, they knew that something seemed to be very different. This is what I call a red flag moment, and you never want to ignore a red flag. Instead of waiting for third grade to pass by to see if Mario would close the gap in his learning the parents decided to make an appointment with me.
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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.
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!