Sunday, October 18, 2020

Main cause of reading problem as per Sue Lloyd


Yesterday Sue Lloyd, an expert in teaching phonics, tweeted the following:

In my experience the cause of reading problems is nearly always when children are expected to memorise words instead of decoding them.

This post is in response to her tweet.

I find that even kids who are diagnosed as severely dyslexic are able to memorise Dolch words. All my past students had no problem memorizing them by rote memory. I get them to memorise the Dolch words by repeating the letter names of the words to be learned.

The following post shows my only students for 2019 who was diagnosed as dyslexic by experts in that field. I recorded the following after his 7th one- hour lesson with me. He had memorized 57 sight words and had been taught to read many words using phonics. Listen to the 2 YouTube videos in the link here.

The following posts are related to the above student which includes the Dyslexia screening tests by the experts in that field.

My first student for 2019 (Part 1)

Questions for you to ponder: How is it that I dare say such a thing when the father said that this kid is not able to read even a single sentence? How is it that I dare say this when the father had said his son cannot spell a single word?


My first student for 2019 (Part 2)

My student’s father wrote the following:

In January I met Dr.Fauziah with my son. We had one and a half hours consultation and the doctor said that Emmanuel is dyslexic. She told me to meet Dr. Atiqah to certify his IQ test before Dr.Fauziah can issue an ‘OKU’ card (Disability Card) to enable him to go to a special class. She suggested to go to SK Kolombong. The school has a class for dyslexic students. (The names are actual names)

My first student for 2019 (Part 3)

As I have mentioned several times, the term dyslexia does not have a scientific definition and in addition a parent has no clue as to what to do after the 'diagnosis'. 

My term 'shut down kid' is a kid who has disengaged from learning to read due to confusion as a result of being taught wrongly.

My first student for 2019 (Part 4) – Actual Dyslexia Screening Test shown here with permission from the father of Emmanuel.

The Dyslexia Screening Test is a screening instrument to profile the strengths and weaknesses that are often associated with dyslexia.

The overall 'At risk Quotient' was 2.2   This is in the lowest 2 percent for children of this age and is considered a 'Strongly at risk' score.

There are five signs of dyslexia, namely: - At Risk Quotient (ARQ) is 2.2 - Strongly at risk; - Spiky skills profile; - Weak literacy (mean 1.25 - in the lowest 5 percent). - Discrepancy of 2 points between fluid IQ and phonological skills - Weak phonological skill (mean 1 - in the lowest 5 percent).

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