|Dyslexia is defined as a specific learning disability that is characterized by difficulties in decoding, word recognition and poor spelling. It may also include deficits in reading comprehension and writing. Generally speaking, people with dyslexia have average to above average intelligence and can often do grade level work with the right accommodations. Dyslexics have a reputation for being bright, creative, and possess a strong work ethic. They typically have talents in other areas such as math, art, music, sports, etc. In fact, some students with dyslexia are also in gifted and Pre-AP programs.
Because reading is required in every subject, students with dyslexia often have difficulty demonstrating what they know about content areas. Accommodations allow students to demonstrate their knowledge in a subject. One of my favorite illustrations about accommodations goes something like this:
Two people are walking up 10 flights of stairs. One of them is carrying a 50 pound box. Who wouldn't allow one to use the elevator?
MY FAVORITE RESOURCES:
National Center for Learning Disabilities www.ncld.org
This website has a wealth of information from definitions of learning disabilities to blogs from people living with them.
A large amount of the resouces on this site also have a link to podcasts and webcasts so you can watch or listen to
the material, making it accessible to everyone regardless of your ability to read!
International Dyslexia Association - www.interdys.org
This webiste has very easy to understand FAQ's about dyslexia, intervention, and related disorders.
Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, MD.
Straight Talk about Reading by Louisa Moats
Parenting the Struggling Reader by Louisa Moats and Susan Hall
All Kinds of Minds by Mel Levine
BOOKS for talking to your child about dyslexia:
The Alphabet War by Diane Burton Robb
Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
The Hank Zipzer series
( Hank is a 3rd-4th grade boy who struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. He has two faithful friends who help him out of the trouble he OFTEN finds himself in. The books are funny, chaotic, but also about accepting Hank the way he is)