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I barely made it through school. I read real slow. But I like to find things that nobody else has found, like a dinosaur egg that has an embryo inside. Well, there are 36 of them in the world, and I found 35. -- Dr. John R. Horner, American paleontologist

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.  Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Children with dyslexia can be taught to read better, but they learn in a different way so they must be taught using different methods.   Our understanding of dyslexia has increased significantly over the past twenty years.  Extensive research has revealed a number of scientifically based approaches that help children and adults with dyslexia to read better.  There is hope and the future is bright for improving the reading levels of individuals with dyslexia.

 

Traditional Methods of Teaching Reading

Traditional methods of teaching reading emphasize learning the alphabet before learning to read.  This might be a good approach for non-dyslexic readers, but doesn’t work for those with dyslexia.  Individuals with dyslexia will learn better if they are taught to read and spell as they learn the alphabet using a slow, systematic, multi-sensory approach.  Traditional methods teach reading assuming we read from left to right.  While words follow each other from left to right, reading the words does not follow a simple left to right reading of the letters.  Pairs of letters form sounds that must be mastered to read and there are numerous exceptions that must be remembered.  Individuals with dyslexia are, in general, logical, unfortunately, the English language is not.   Traditional approaches focus on teaching phonics in grades 1 and 2, after which children are supposed to know how to read, so in grade 3 and beyond children read to learn.  Individuals with dyslexia take longer to master the sounds, words and grammatical structure of sentences.  So, the traditional approach doesn’t work for students with dyslexia.


Free and Appropriate Public Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a Federal Law, guarantees children with learning disabilities a “free and appropriate public education”.  But dyslexic students need to be taught differently.  Teachers trained in traditional methods of reading often lack the knowledge, skills, tools and skills to vary the instructional content in a way that allows students with learning disabilities to obtain the most from their regular education classes.  In other words, traditional teachers frequently fail to provide learning disabled students with a free and appropriate public education.  As a result, many learning disabled students struggle to keep up academically with their peers who do not have learning disabilities.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, in 2005 – 2006, only 57% of students with learning disabilities exited school with a regular high school diploma.


Scientifically Proven Methods of Teaching

Students with language based learning disabilities, when properly taught, learn to read and are better able to succeed in school.  Scientifically proven methods of teaching include Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell.  Children with dyslexia can rise above their circumstances and persevere when others would quit.  Dyselxia builds strong people with character and perseverance.