Neurological Learning Disability: Dyslexia

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Dyslexia is not a condition, it is not something that will go away and it is not contagious. Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that a person is born with and will have to learn to live with. It is a neurological learning disability that causes problems with language based-skills and can affect around 10 to 20% of the population ("Dyslexia," 2014). A person that has dyslexia can have difficulties with the areas of reading, writing, spelling, speaking, math, and or short-term memory. Having dyslexia does not mean that one is not smart, it just means that their brain functions in a different way. Dyslexia happens in people of all ethnicities and socio-economic status, however it is common to see more than one person of a family to have…show more content…
During the lesson it is good to repeat the concept more than once as this helps the child with dyslexia remember the concept easier. Students with dyslexia need time to process the information provided to them therefore it’s important to slow down and ask questions. Lastly, a child with dyslexia can have difficulty with abrupt changes of activities. Teachers need to let students know when an activity is coming to an end by counting down the minutes starting by five; this will avoid frustrations.
Strategies for Families and Colleagues Helping a child with dyslexia to do their homework and projects can be a challenge for parents and family members. Parents of a child with dyslexia can help them improve their school experience by keeping an open communication with the child and their teachers. First and foremost the parents should talk to their child about Dyslexia. The child might have questions or concerns about their learning disability. A parent must provide knowledge, reassurance and support in order to understand their condition. It is important to inform the child that this is something they where born with and that it will not go away although they can learn to handle it. As the child with Dyslexia faces emotional and academic challenges he or she may lose confidence in themselves. Support and acceptance from a parent is critical in this matter.
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