I believe a dyslexic child should be made aware that he is dyslexic as soon as the parents find out that he is dyslexic. He must be made to understand what dyslexia means.
He must be made aware that he has his strengths and his weaknesses. Tell him that he is not learning disabled. Tell him instead that he has a preferential learning style. Tell him it is like the difference between a right hander and a left hander. Both a right hander and a left hander can do the same thing except in a different way.
It is better to inform a child that he is dyslexic because he will be aware of the difference between himself and the other students in his class. Knowing that he has a learning preference, he will know that he is not stupid and will not lose his self esteem and confidence. After a short intervention of one to one coaching he will be able to cope well
with traditional teaching methods.
Extracted from an article : Tside. You may read the whole article here.
Andrew Eleftheriou, 19, was diagnosed with dyslexia – which affects reading and spelling – just four years ago.
Today Andrew described to Tside how this late diagnosis – half way through his GCSE’s – effected his life.
Andrew said: ” Throughout school my grades were always quite low and I felt I couldn’t concentrate on anything.
“I was really naughty and disruptive in my lessons, and this meant I was in trouble quite a lot.
“But when I diagnosed with dyslexia both my teachers and me knew that was the reason I was struggling. From that point things got much better.”
........... Andrew added: “Being diagnosed really changed by life. I don’t think I would have done so well.”
Most of my student’s parents hide the fact that their child is dyslexic. I believe this will do more harm than good.
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