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USE WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT DYSLEXIA NOW

When I began teaching in the late 1960's, even most college education professors knew nothing about dyslexia. When we had a student with a severe reading problem in my community whose parents who would not give up on him, I learned quickly.  I was aided by a professor in my state who had done a lot of research.  

Over the last several decades tremendous scientific advances have been made in understanding the cause, symptoms, and  teaching students with dyslexia.  However, across the nation, educators have been in denial:  we have not been identifying students with dyslexia.  We have also failed to apply known techniques in addressing dyslexia.  Sadly, many parents don't even discover that their children have dyslexia until after years of struggles, trials and tribulations.  Some never do.  Students face the misery or failure early in their lives.  Their motivation to learn is snuffed out as they are deprived of self-esteem.  They are often labeled as lazy or disruptive.

The long term effects of unaddressed dyslexia on young adults include school failure, depression, increased risk of suicide, delinquency, and lack of gainful employment.

If dyslexia is address appropriately these students can overcome their disability and can become super-star learners.

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Luqman Michel on Sunday, June 03, 2018 2:30 PM
Yes, across the world educators have been in denial as to why a majority of kids classified as dyslexic are shut down/disengaged kids because of wrong instructions. For over 35 years (as of 2010) it was extensively written that dyslexics are a result of phonological awareness deficit. I Challenged this theory in 2010. Now they have come up with light receptors in the eye confusing kids as the reason for dyslexia. I have been teaching dyslexic kids for 14 years and all my students could read in Malay which uses the same 26 alphabets as does English. Yet they could not read in English. If they have been unable to read in English because of phonological awareness deficit how was I able to bring them to grade level within 4 months of 3 hours teaching per week? If it is because of light receptors in their eyes, what did I do to remove those light receptors. Granted a very small percentage (perhaps less than 2% of the kids in the world) may have phonological awareness deficit. However a majority of kids who leave school are kids who disengage from learning to read because of wrong instructions. I have just published a book on my findings. It comes complete with corroborative evidence on why kids shut down. Get a copy of my book from Amazon : 'Shut Down Kids'.
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