THE GIFT OF DYSLEXIA!
Dyslexic people think 'outside of the box.' They usually are very creative, gifted and have a high IQ. Their brains work differently, therefore, they have to be taught differently with a multi-level and multi-sensory approach. There have been many studies showing how the Orton-Gillingham method is highly effective at teaching those who are struggling how to read and spell.
WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
Based on the definitions of dyslexia, we understand that:
-- Dyslexia is brain-based (neurobiological) and may be inherited.
-- Dyslexia specifically impairs a person’s ability to read.
-- Dyslexia is not a general learning disability or developmental disorder.
-- It varies from person to person.
-- Phonological processing (manipulation of sounds), decoding, fluent word reading, spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding are common problems.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SYMPTOMS?
---Appears bright, highly intelligent, and articulate but unable to either read, write, or spell at grade level.
--May be labeled lazy, dumb, careless, immature, “not trying hard enough,” or “behavior problem.”
--Finds ingenious excuses not to read, spell or do school work.
--Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading.
--Confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations.
--Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words.
--Spells phonetically and inconsistently
HOW CAN THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM METHOD HELP?
ORTON--GILLINGHAM is a method and not a curriculum. It is multi-sensory, step by step approach to reading, based on the connection between sounds and the letters that represent those sounds. It breaks words into their syllables and phonemes (the smallest unit of sound) as to be able to read the word, as well as breaking down the words orally into their syllables to help spell the word.
For struggling readers it is a very best way to teach automaticity and fluency at the word level. It is a proven system that has been tested successfully for those with dyslexia and those who are poor readers.
With tutoring 2 to 3 times a week, the student will start gaining confidence in their reading skills and their progress will improve significantly.
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HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
International Dyslexia Assocation: