As a Dyslexia/Bilingual Interventionist I have had the pleasure of working with brilliant minds that just need some more time, structure, reminders and repititions in areas of reading and writing.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurologican in origin. Let's be clear that this neorological origin it's separeted from mental disabilities, brain demage and primary emotional disturbances. Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling and decoding skills. If these difficulties persist will cause secondary problems such as vocabulary growth and reading comprehension.
Instruction for students with dyslexia problems include:
-Phonological awareness - the basis for a good reading ( phonemes, syllable types, spelling)
-Oral language Development - (building foundation skills for comprehension)
-Read Aloud - (read stories to students and check for comprehension by asking simple and complex questions)
-Developing Metacognitove Skills -( reading materials that introduce narrative , expository and poetry texts)
-Writing - (paragraphs)
-Progress monitoring - ( word identification, passage comprehension, vocabulary and fluency)
Source of Information
Here are some signs that a student has Dyslexia.
- does the student have difficulty learning the letter names and sound?
-does the student struggle to hear and maniputlate sounds in words, such as removing sounds in
-does the student repeateadly misspell and misread frequently used words?
-does the student read a word correctly on one line and then fail to recognise it later in the text?
-does the student not progress at the expected rate even whith extra help being provided?
-does the student have a family memeber that has dyslexia or difficulties with reading and
-does the student have trouble knowing that sounds can be represented by letters or group of
- does the student read slowly and inaccurately?
-does the student have trouble remembering how to spell words over time?
As some signs can be observed, a team consisted of management, classroom teacher and dyslexia teachers will act upon contacting parents with their observations. Finally parents will be contact ed for permission in assessing students.
As I work with so many students and teachers, I have the wonderful oppotunity to learn more about reading and writing. The source of knowledge comes from professional reading, participating staff developments, read aloud and and discussions with students. The experience of continous learning and working with teachers and students keeps me humble, considerate of others and always on the learning pace. I enjoy very much!
Reading and writing are elements that complement each other and become a window to the world. For anyone to become literate the best way to do it is to read, read and read. Writing about what you know it is easier and words can flow with confidence.
Favorite Read Aloud
My Lucky Day; Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs; Thank you Mr. Falk; Tacky the Penguin (to name a few).
Classrooms that Work - Robert Marzano
Schools That Work - Where All Children Read and Write
The Book Whisper - Donalyn Miller