Sunday, March 1, 2020

Dyslexia vs Shut down kids

In one of my posts on LinkedIn a visitor, Graeme Wadlow, had made the following comment. Here is a link to the article he has referred to and for those who insist on Research reports there is a whole list of research reports links attached.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a man made problem concerning decoding and recoding the visual notation of speech, or the graphic symbols society chooses to represent the sounds of speech.

There are two types of dyslexia. Acquired Dyslexia, also known as Alexia, is caused by brain injury, stroke, atrophy, etc which is concerned with those loosing or have lost the previously acquired skills to decode and recode the visual notation of speech.

And Developmental Dyslexia which has a genetic cause. There are three cognitive subtypes of Developmental Dyslexia - Auditory, Visual and Attentional. Which means that an Auditory Processing Disorder, a Visual Processing Disorder, an Attention Deficit / Disorder, or any combination of these issues can cause the Dyslexic Symptom
So those who are classified as being dyslexic need to identify the underlying cognitive / clinical / medical cause of their dyslexic symptom, so that they can fully understand the nature of their own specific disability, and the limitations it or they impose. And more importantly identify the alternative compensating skills and abilities that they will be best able to access to work around their personal limitations.

As stated by me since 2010, after 6 years of teaching so-called dyslexic kids, all the students I have taught are actually instructional casualties. They are kids who have shut down or disengaged from learning to read due to bad instruction.

I repeat the last sentence in the article above: ‘This will also prevent others who do not have one of these disabilities from falsely claiming to be dyslexic.’

Many educators have talked about faulty instruction and ‘Dysteachia’ without knowing what it is that is taught wrongly. 

I have explained why kids disengage from learning to read and are wrongly classified as dyslexic.

Those educators interested in learning why many kids fail to read and would like to help me reduce illiteracy are welcome to my YouTube channel. The first one can be assessed at

Today, 29.2.20202, I have published Shut Down Kids 9.

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