I love my blog. It has helped me connect with like minded people, air my views, obtain differing opinions and make enduring friendships. It has been exciting to think that there are many new blogs out there that I am yet to discover. But, today I am going to ask for your help.
I am asking that you please read this post, comment and re-tweet it.
My daughter was this week diagnosed with Dyslexia. Whilst I was naturally disappointed that my child would experience learning difficulties, I wasn't thrown into disarray with the diagnosis. I knew my daughter had a problem. She is very bright but has been finding it extremely difficult to progress in English, despite working very hard and advancing in all other subjects. I am, however, disappointed that I might not be able to keep a promise that I have recently made. The other day, whilst I was reading to her, she stopped me and said,
"Daddy, I wish I could read like you. I would love to be able to read on my own. Just like the other kids in my class."
I said to her,
"Don't worry baby. You continue to work hard and we'll get you there."
Only it might not be that easy. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent reading and spelling. More precisely, in my daughter's case, I have been advised that she has difficulty with sequential learning and visual recognition. This means that she finds it hard to place letters in the correct order and it can be difficult for her to read words, remember them and place them in her writing. Effectively my daughter cannot learn to read and, therefore, she cannot read to learn.
In some ways, I feel lucky that my daughter has been diagnosed relatively young and can now be provided with a different system of learning such that she can progress to her maximum potential (dyslexia being a condition that affects people across the range of intellectual abilities). Moreover, I am blessed that my daughter has a good teacher, who has been trained to spot the signs of dyslexia, and sent her for tests. Not all children are so lucky and that is where you come in. If we, as parents, can identify the signs of dyslexia then we can help our children.
The signs of dyslexia are:
- Difficulties with reading,
- Difficulties with spelling,
- Poor sequencing skills,
- Poor short term memory,
- Lack of phonological awareness - ability to beak down words and recognise separate units of sound,
- Confusion with left and right,
- Problems with reading comprehension,
- Difficulties with mathematics,
- Difficulties with musical notation,
- Poor handwriting,
- Difficulties expressing thoughts orally,
- Poor organisational skills,
- Is there someone else in the house with similar difficulties?
If you suspect your child has dyslexia there are numerous organisations that can help such as;
I am exploring them both at the moment.
Dyslexia is not a condition to be ashamed of. Many famous people have dyslexia and I would like to leave the last word with one of them;
Credit to Dyslexia Action for the content of much of this post.