How Does Dyslexia Affect Learning?
Almost all children with dyslexia have difficulty with the phonological system of language—phonological awareness. Phonological awareness refers to the ability to detect or manipulate the sounds in words that are heard. From this develops phonemic awareness, which is the essential ability to perceive that words are made up of a unique combination of sounds and that the order of those sounds is of critical importance. Children with poor phonemic awareness have difficulty learning the sound/symbol relationships essential for sounding out words, a skill that is necessary to become an efficient reader. New words cannot be sounded out, so children with dyslexia often try to rely on memorization, sight word reading, and/or guessing. Reading therefore becomes laborious and frustrating.
Because reading comes so easily to others, it is not uncommon to see children teased by peers and berated for being lazy by teachers who do not understand this learning disability.Some children act out with frustration and behavioral changes, while others withdraw with low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression. Many children do often excel in another area (e.g., music, drama, or athletics) which, when encouraged, can help overcome the social and emotional difficulties they have experienced. With help, most people can lead happy, productive, and successful lives (e.g., Winston Churchill, Anderson Cooper, Bruce Jenner).
Why is Tampa Day School a Good Place for Children with Dyslexia?
Tampa Day School understands that all children with dyslexia can learn to read, but they may learn to read in very different ways. Each child will learn best if the teacher understands the learning style of the child and how to teach to that style. Our students with dyslexia do learn to “break the code”. We help them do this by:
- Uncovering the true cause of the reading difficulty through careful study
- Offering daily systematic phonetic instruction which is geared to address the phonological weaknesses
- Teaching to the learning style of the child, not forcing him or her into a “one-size-fits-all approach”
- Utilizing cutting-edge teaching methods including the Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach
- Creating a customized learning plan for each child
- Focusing on the child’s strengths to help build self-esteem
- Recognizing each child as a unique individual with value
To learn more about dyslexia, check out our Dyslexia Fact Sheet.
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