On Dyslexia

Are you a parent of a child diagnosed late with dyslexia?

For so may young learners, their struggle to form and recognise letters accurately, and their following struggle to write letters and words accurately, is left “until they grow out of it”, without any formal checking on the cause, or assistance in overcoming this basic literacy task. Dyslexia may be the late diagnosis, and I was not surprised in reading a NZ Education site’s article that the diagnosis may not be made formerly until the child is at age eight or even ten – Too late for too many.
As Comments were permitted, I dashed off a quick response, as follows…

“ECE centres, kindergartens and, yes, parents can help here.
The tactile approach to learning to read and/or write is effective. (I don’t mean making words out of playdough.)
It starts much sooner – at crawling (on hands and knees, not by using hands to haul the puku along the floor). Too many parents try to push their baby through the hands and knees stage too quickly. It is the “cross-over” connection between right-hand, left leg /
left hand, right leg motion which helps the two brain halves form and build a strong cross-connection via the hippocampus of sensations and motor skills.

chalk writing ready

Tactile experiences (post the crawling phase) in which the child can grasp objects and make deliberate movement, include using chalk on concrete, finger-tracing outlined letters and later words, or those drawn on fine sandpaper. These are examples of the child getting sensory feedback when drawing or writing.
In infant rooms I’ve taught in, I used these “games” for children who seemed to be heading for a dyslexic “diagnosis”. Two years of large muscle movement in tracing/writing letters did seem to help them in writing letters and words, and in word recognition and reading.”

I wish I’d thought enough to add: Within infant rooms, setting up crawling tunnels for a rainy-day physical activity for all is another way to give these cross-body experiences to young children.

That article was …
No place for a ‘she’ll be right’ approach when it comes to dyslexia
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Former school principal and founder of Learning Matters Ltd, Carla McNeil, argues that New Zealanders can no longer afford to take the ‘she’ll be right’ approach when it comes to addressing dyslexia.
By Education Central – October 3, 2019

Other Ps.O.V. on chalk work can be found here and here

Comments which contribute to the layman’s understanding are all welcome.
Are you a parent of a child diagnosed late with dyslexia? I would be interested in how soon you recognised there was a hitch and how you felt, and how soon/long before a confirmed diagnosis was made. Let us know, please in which nation you and your child is/was at the time?



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