Saturday, November 6, 2010
“Myth 5: People with dyslexia see things backwards.
Fact: Dyslexia is not caused by a vision problem, although reading difficulties very often are. Children need to have their eyes (and ears) checked regularly – and if there is a reading problem make sure the optometrist knows this. There are lots of exercises and strategies that can be used. If these sort the reading problem out, then the difficulty is not likely to be dyslexia.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Phonological Awareness Deficit is not the cause of dyslexics being unable to read fluently - A Myth Busted
It is a fallacy to state that phonological awareness deficit is the main or even one of the causes of dyslexia as claimed by many researchers and Dyslexia Associations.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
For those of you who did not read the comment by Alan Gurbutt I reproduce it here:
Alan Gurbutt said...
Thank you so much for your unique insight. You have provided a useful alternative to challenge the homogeneous belief, so prevalent in the UK, that dyslexia is a learning disability.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
This article is in response to the comment by Liz Ditz on my article dated 21.8.2010.
She had written, “I am not sure why you haven't received responses to your letters of inquiry”.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
The questions that arise in my mind are: “Why is this so? Why is it that they could not read when in school but are able to learn to read when they get older?” I believe the answer is simply that as an adult they can reason out and realize that they have been trying to learn English in a logical way when many of the words are not spelt logically. When this realization sets in they have no problem learning to read in English. There is no underlying reason (except perhaps that they had not been taught the way they should have been taught) as to why most of them had not learned in the first place.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Many children find learning to read in English easy but not so a dyslexic. Dyslexia is a learning style with strengths and weaknesses. With timely intervention and effective instruction dyslexics can learn at a rapid rate and can even do exceptionally well in school.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Dr.Selznick: I think your approach of being clear and direct with the kids is good. Not sure about the kids you deal with in your area, but many here could care less. I think with your passionate approach to linguistic explanations and the evolution of the English language, I am sure they are soaking up your wisdom!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thank you so much for entertaining my thoughts and findings. This is very kind of you. I hope we and my readers can all benefit from this discussion.
I have come to learn that most of the people "shut down" when something different from their experience or understanding is mentioned. They do not read with an open mind. I believe one should listen to any suggestion and weigh it before accepting or discarding it.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Here are some of the observations that I can share with you relative to some of the issues that you raise:
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Phonics aims at teaching children the skills necessary to decode a word.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The power of expectation cannot be overestimated. It is well known and has been called the Pygmalion effect. Your expectations of your student is a key factor in how well he performs in his school work.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I as in idea, iron, island and item.
I as in ignorant, ill, improve and in.
I as in irk
Note: I regret I was unable to post my article last Wednesday as I was out station. Similarly I will also be out station for a week from first of May.
For lesson 20 click here :
Friday, April 16, 2010
E as in each, eel, equal and evil.
E as in earn, early, earth and err.
E as in ebony, echo, elbow and elephant.
E as in eight, eighteen and eighty.
E as in elastic, elect, enough and erupt.
E as in either
E as in ewe.
For lesson 19 click here :
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
It is best to explain to a dyslexic child the sounds represented by each letter in the English alphabets as and when you come across it when reading. This way he will not be confused as to why the letter “A” was pronounced one way at an earlier date and now pronounced another way.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
We in Malaysia have always taken for granted about children speaking two, three, four or more languages. This is not the case in other countries as I came to realize recently. Some people in a group I belong to seem to make a big deal about their children speaking one foreign language.
Friday, April 2, 2010
On the 1st of April a member from a group I belong to commented on my article about the Australian boy in Japan. I have copied the relevant part of her comments below:
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Recently one of the members of a group I belong to asked “……..I am not sure if it is just delayed learning or if there is another underlying cause for his difficulties.”
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I think it is an interesting read.
AS a result of the new Lisbon Treaty signed only last Friday-The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
When I spoke with primary schools teachers about 5 years ago I was shocked that not one of the more than 10 teachers I spoke to knew what dyslexia was.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
A few readers had complained that they were unable to download lesson one. I am sorry, this was because for my first lesson I had used Microsoft office which some of you may not have. Hakim advised me to change it to PDF format which I had done from lesson 2. Now lesson one too has been formatted in PDF format.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
This is the best time to introduce another sound represented by the letter ‘a’. This sound for ‘a’ is ‘er’. Compare this with the first ‘a’ that your student learnt – ‘a’ – ‘air’. Make sure that he understands this well.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
My question is,“What is the dyslexic association doing about all these research reports?”
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The article is dated 10th July 1999. That was 10 years ago. You can read the full article here.
I have copied some of the salient points :
A BILINGUAL boy who speaks fluent Japanese and English yet is dyslexic in English is helping scientists to shed fresh light on the causes of word blindness.
The boy was born in Japan and went to school there, where he learnt to speak and read in Japanese, but he spoke English at home with his British mother and Australian father
"It shows that dyslexia is not purely a reading problem because this boy can read, it's just that he can't read in English," Professor Butterworth said.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Bahasa Malaysia (The Malay Language)
This is our National Language and all students have to learn this language. The only letter that represents more than one sound in Bahasa Malaysia is the letter ‘e’. It can be pronounced ‘er’ or ‘ay’.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
In 2004 one of my neighbours asked me to tutor his son. I said that I have not given tuition to any child and asked him to look for a proper tuition teacher. He replied that since my children have done exceptionally well in school I should be able to help his son. After much persuasion, I agreed to try. After three lessons which were nerve racking he told me that his son was dyslexic. His son John (not his real name) had just completed a year in a public primary school and was going to be transferred to a private school in Kota Kinabalu and would be placed in primary one as he could hardly read. I had not heard the word dyslexic and checked the internet to learn about dyslexia. Having checked a few sites I took it up as a challenge to teach John. By this time I had taken a liking to John as he was a jovial child.