Updated: October 4, 2018 6:06:00 pm
Dyslexia is a common learning disorder, so common that it’s believed to occur in one out of every 10 people. Often thought of as a “hidden disability,” it affects the brain’s ability to process written and spoken language.
By Vijay Babu Gandhi
Dyslexia is termed as a learning disability and is a neurological condition. Kids with dyslexia have trouble reading fluently. It may also affect reading comprehension, math, writing and spelling ability too. It’s a condition that lasts a lifetime, but a wide range of teaching methods and strategies have been developed to help those affected by dyslexia to overcome it and lead successful, productive lives.
According to International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is “characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities”. Dyslexia affects one in 10 individuals, many of whom remain undiagnosed and receive little or no intervention services.
Many parents and teachers are still not aware of learning disabilities and often tend to mistake them for laziness. A dyslexic child can feel burdened and helpless, which can evoke a feeling of self-doubt, low esteem, anger and distress among them. A learning disability is not connected to lack of intelligence. Kids with dyslexia are no less than other kids, however they learn and grasp in a different way. With appropriate intervention and right instructions, almost all individuals with dyslexia can do well. There are many famous people with dyslexia and many success stories. A few of them are Thomas Edison, Steven Spielberg and Walt Disney.
Face off with Dyslexia
These days, many alternatives have emerged for making learning easier for dyslexic children. Parents have to be the pillar of strength and support for kids suffering from dyslexia. As a parent, one should make their kids undergo proper assessment to diagnose the difficulty while reading and writing.
As a parent or mentor, you should communicate with dyslexic kids in a positive and patient manner so it becomes easier for them to grasp things. If your child is young, one can use innovative techniques like flash cards, explorative boxes, etc, to make them learn and read in a better manner.
Each child is special and unique. Early childhood is crucial for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. The experiences children receive in these years help shape the adults they become.
All children learn in different ways. Some children process information easily when they see it, some when they hear it and some others when they have practical knowledge of it and can touch it. Thus, making them learn via flash cards could be one option. If your child is learning spellings or even concepts, writing them down on small cards and repeatedly showing it to them will help the child understand and learn these concepts much faster. Another option that works well with kids with learning disability can be the explorative fun learning boxes as these are aimed at overall brain and skill development of kids. The hands-on-activities provide experiential learning, which helps kids understand the concepts through fun and play. These boxes have the right kind of multisensory activities that help dyslexic children understand concepts better.
For parents of children with special needs, the fun and explorative subscription boxes come as a big advantage as they no longer have to go in search of activities for their little ones everyday. They come packed with engaging and fun activities that enhance cognitive, motor and sensory skills of children.
Explorative activity-based boxes help kids in laying and building a strong foundation for the future. These play-based science and art activity kits introduce fresh concepts, easy learning and bring about independent thinking in children. The research-based activities are crafted by child psychologists, game designers and pedagogy experts, understanding the needs of special ones and curate learning in a fun way for them.
(The writer is Co-Founder, Kinder R&D Centre.)
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