Hello! So today we will be finishing our blog discussion on dyslexia by discussing some ways you and your student’s teachers can help them overcome some of the challenges they face daily. These are simple accommodations that give them the opportunity to reach their full potential in the classroom as well as at home when they are doing homework!
This is not an exhaustive list by far but a good step in the right direction for many students. If you need help determining specific accommodations that may benefit your student reach out to us today at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hi all! So, today we are going to continue our discussion on Dyslexia. We have discussed what Dyslexia is and how it is diagnosed (if you missed it, click here to catch yourself up!) Today, we will be talking about what happens after the diagnosis?
So, your child has received a diagnosis of Dyslexia. The question is now- how do we “treat” it? Well, unfortunately there is no pill to swallow that provides a cure. However, with the right type of intervention those with Dyslexia can make huge gains in the areas of reading, spelling, writing, and language.
Now, you’re probably asking yourself these questions: “Where do I go for the right type of intervention? How do I know the proposed program is going to work for MY child?” While there is no one specific program identified as the “gold standard” for teaching students to read, all programs should fit within several guidelines and be provided at an appropriate frequency and duration.
We here at Hyperion follow the guidelines set by The International Dyslexia Association which supports a “structured literacy approach”. A structured literacy approach stresses that it is important the student receives systematic (logical order: easiest to hardest), direct (student/teacher interaction), and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, sight words and comprehension and also receives practice in these skills in order to develop fluency (Shaywitz, 2003). Unless testing showed that the student had average skills in one (or more) of those areas, it should be worked on during intervention.
In addition to these guidelines, there is a consensus that instruction be multisensory which means that the student is given visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learning opportunities. By using multisensory techniques catered to each individual child, there is a much greater understanding of concepts.
We know that finding support and interventions for your child can be scary and overwhelming, but remember that we are here to help!
So, this month we’ve been discussing all things Dyslexia. If your child is having reading or writing challenges you may have wondered, “Does my child possibly have Dyslexia?” Today we are going to talk about the signs of Dyslexia and how to go about receiving a diagnosis. While we encourage you to read through these common signs, please not to panic or diagnose your child yourself! We do hope that if you are noticing these common signs, that you speak to your child’s teacher, doctor or us here at Hyperion about them immediately.
So what are the signs of Dyslexia?
So what do you do if you see these signs?
Receiving a diagnosis of Dyslexia can involve participating in testing with multiple professionals including a psychologist, neuropsychologist, speech-language pathologist, and/or special educator. Areas to be assessed include:
So, what can you expect after the diagnosis?
Stay tuned! We will return next week to share some information about what to consider after receiving a Dyslexia diagnosis.
Resource: Sally Shaywitz, Overcoming Dyslexia
Emily here! Happy October! I do hope you are enjoying all things fall. The cooler weather, apple cider donuts, and comfy sweaters are certainly making me feel wonderful. October also brings with it Dyslexia Awareness Month. We at Hyperion LLS are going to bring you lots of information about Dyslexia throughout the month, but let us start increasing our awareness through accepting a definition of Dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Association defines Dyslexia as :
If that definition seems a little difficult to grasp don't worry- you are not alone in that and I can help you unpack it a little. The first part of the definition says that Dyslexia is "neurobiological in origin". This means that there is a change in the way the brain works or processes information. We can actually see, using some pretty fancy technology called fMRI, how the brain of a person with Dyslexia lights up differently during reading when compared to someone who doesn't have the same challenge. These brain changes cause a person to have difficulty processing and storing the sound system (phonological aspects) of a language. This does not have to do with a person's vision or intelligence and happens even when a student receives typical academic instruction in the classroom. This difficulty with mapping the sound system of language in the brain can impact a person's spelling, reading abilities, and vocabulary. If you would like to learn a little bit more about what Dyslexia is you might find this short video to be very helpful.
That is a lot of information to take in so I won't bombard you with much more today. I do want to share this poem with you before we close though. It was written by an 8th grader I work with who has been diagnosed with Dyslexia. I think her words speak louder than many definitions I could provide you with. Maybe try something so soothe... like.. I know this is a lot of information and we will continue to explore the in's and out's throughout the month. But please know this: Your child CAN BE TAUGHT. With the proper plan, they CAN LEAD A NORMAL LIFE. It's every parents' goal to raise their children to their highest potential and we're here to help.
Throughout the month follow us here on the blog as well as on Instagram (@hyperionlanguageandlearning), Facebook (@HyperionLLS), and Twitter (@HyperionLLS) to learn more about what Dyslexia is, how it is diagnosed, how it is treated, and how we as parents and educators can provide support and accommodations for children and adults with Dyslexia.