Teaching a Dyslexic How to Read
Teaching a Dyslexic how to read is a Non-Linear Event. This means that in order to be teaching a Dyslexic, you need to teach them the non-linear ways of learning for them to comprehend your lessons. It is a skill to understand the non-linearity of how a Dyslexic actually reads. Once you understand that non-linearity of Dyslexia, Teaching a Dyslexic can really be a lot of fun.
When teaching a Dyslexic you need to be aware of what Dyslexia actually is. Dyslexia is the 3 dimensional reading of the linear alphabet which makes letters read upside down or turned. Letters turn as they read and reading certain letters become other letters as they read. A lower case n, can become a lower case u when flipped or rotated
The Importance of teaching a Dyslexic in learning to read is obvious yet how to teach a Dyslexic how to read is not obvious. Teachers and Parents are often in a very stuck position while they don’t know how to teach the children how to read when they are Dyslexic.
The first thing that is most important in educating your Dyslexic children or students is to allow them to be Dyslexic. Don’t stop gaining how they perceive and discipline them for the way that they are seeing the letters. This means that you need to allow them to draw a backwards e and realize that to begin that is a huge improvement and that they have successfully recognized the uniqueness of that letter.
Teaching a Dyslexic is not trying to train them not to be Dyslexic. It is very important not to stop all the Dyslexia characters from being written. In time the Dyslexic student will continue to learn to differentiate the letters. Grading the student during the writing assignments too soon will stop you from being able to understand what style of Dyslexia they have and how to help them in the future.
When we are teaching a Dyslexic, if we stop the Dyslexic child from writing an upside down e when the truth is that they know how to read the upside down e as a unique character in the alphabet then we hinder their learning. We can approach the teaching of reading and writing in separate orders. If the child is writing m instead of w that is more important to help them by assisting them in making this a unique letter in their writing then trying to correct an upside down e, lower case.
We need to choose as parents to accept our children as they are and with the learning capacities that they actually possess. When we are teaching a Dyslexic we must remember that they are often more brilliant and ‘full of ideas’ than we are. Children can be brilliant in many areas but their initial writing assignments may look different due to the perspectives that they see the letters. If we expect our Dyslexic child to write only in linear fashion immediately than we will not have the knowledge of being able to study their hand writing to understand which type of Dyslexic they actually are.
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The first writing samples and the early writing samples are keys to being able for an outsider to understand which way the Dyslexic child has a tendency to see the world. It may be that the children twist the letters in a certain order after it can be understood with enough writing samples that the e, g, and d are all written in a inverted image.
When we are teaching a Dyslexic we can study the children’s handwriting and find that they are not vertically turning the letters with a p and a b inverted in their writing. This will be a great discovery to understand because their is so few tests that actually work in Dyslexia testing.
If you care about your students or your own child and their ability to read you need to allow them to learn by making the mistakes in writing that will allow you to be able to assess which type of Dyslexia and perceptions that the child is seeing under. It is an incredible skill to be able to reverse image anything visually and if you are able to see which way the child reverse images visually you will be able to pick the proper fonts that will be able to help the child better know how to read.
When teaching the alphabet it is important to accept how the child writes and learn with them in progression, rather then correction. Progression rather than Correction will lead the student to a better acceptance of who they are and how they perceive things. Teaching a Dyslexic is very rewarding if we accept them and not try to change them. They can come up with the most incredible answers and responses.
Lets say that a child writes for an entire year with reverse lower case e’s in a horizontal way with a simple rotation. They may also write their s, lower case and upper case with a simple rotation. If they are able to read the unique alphabet they have consistently wrote then they could still be able to learn phonetics based on those characters successfully. When we are teaching a Dyslexic we are learning from them, more than instructing them. The special needs that Dyslexics have is to be learned from, not taught to be linear people, which they will never become.
It is an out of the box thinking teachers trick to allow the students to learn more at their own pace when writing the alphabet inverted but it is a sensitive teachers trick. The expression that it gifts the child in being more comfortable with how they actually see is a wonderful thing. It allows the child to see they are accepted and still keeps them learning to be able to improve themselves.
The real situation when it comes with writing the alphabet from a child is whether they can read the distinct letters uniquely from the others and make the sounds associated with the letters. If we spend all our time fretting over the reality that the child is dyslexic trying to correct each test result when they are drawing upside down or simply rotated e’s and other alphabetical letters then we are wasting our own time. Allow the alphabet to be what the alphabet is with the child and look at further solutions.
Solutions for Writing
A reverted E is a 3. An A can be a V, if the font letter case is confusing which often times in nusery rhymes books that letter is reversable. The W and the M can be easily mistaken as the same letter if the Font is also not different for each.
The double standard with the english alphabet is astonishing. If you take a d, lower case and rotate it, it is a b. If you take a p and invert it vertically it is a b. When teaching a Dyslexic you need to be aware of what combinations of letters are turning and which ones are not turning. Teaching a Dyslexic means that you understand that a reversed v or lower case r is still readable as a different character in the English alphabet. b is an indiscernible letter.
When teaching a Dyslexic you need to understand that if the letter is indiscernible than what are the other combinations that it turns into. This is academia’s biggest issue with Dyslexia Teaching. If you take an e, lower case and draw it upside down vertically you can still read the lower case e as a unique letter in the alphabet.
Some letters are letters that need to be focused on first and some letters need to be allowed more time to learn not to invert. The suggestion to Parents of Dyslexics and Teachers, teaching a Dyslexic child is to allow the Dyslexia into the classroom as much as possible rather than treating and inverted r like it is the devil. An inverted, lower case r, is a unique alphabetical character. The student can still pronounce an inverted lower case r.
If the student is consistently making lower case inverted r’s than they are Dyslexic and are still learning much more within the alphabet as they are likely seeing the alphabet four times over. For each letter in the english alphabet, rotated and turn produce atleast a total of 4 letters. So, remember when teaching a Dyslexic child they are learning 4 times 26 letters in lower case and 4 times 26 upper case.
Where the letters repeat each other in cipher is where the ‘Dyslexia’ tends to happen. When a Nursery Rhymes book does not connect its font correctly the upper case A can look like an upper case V. An upper case N can look like an Upper case U.
The Dyslexic student is learning and needs to be given the time to continue to learn the alphabet. It may not be a one grade process for a Dyslexic to learn the alphabet. It may take 3 years of process to learn the alphabet and learn not to twist and turn the letters in the written alphabetical form.
Foreign students in many languages have accents and other indications on their alphabets to let them know where the fonts top and the fonts bottom is. English alphabet has no indications as to which is the top or the bottom of the font. Dyslexic students who struggle with linear thinking because of their creative mindset try very hard to be obedient and cooperative. Parents of Dyslexic children need to understand that their child is not trying to have fun with or make fun of the adult learning process of the alphabet.
When teaching a Dyslexic child understand that the alphabetic letters can be turned about to create different equations. IF the alphabetical letters when turned did not produce the exact different alphabetical letters in the same alphabet we could say that Dyslexic children are making the whole thing up, but that is not the truth. The letters to repeat. The children are telling us that the letters repeat each other in their own alphabet.
Repeating letters in the alphabet causes confusion for people who are considered Dyslexics and also regular readers who may less often make mistakes but are making mistakes based off the repeated content within the alphabet. Many readers don’t pick their own font for reading because they have been told by educators that fonts don’t matter yet if you look at the fonts that make the letters distinct you will find that the reading is easier on both Dyslexics and Non-Dyslexics Readers.
Foreign students reading english are so often confused by the english alphabet that many learn how to speak english but not write it yet few are pointing to the reality that it is the english alphabet that has repeated letters that is a difficulty.
Let’s stop blaming our Dyslexic children for the realities of the english alphabet and work with them to discover the solutions which may include in their handwriting a bent d to distinguish the reading and writing of d from b in the lower case.
Dyslexia Questions and Dyslexia Answers
- Question: What are the best Tests for Dyslexia?
Answer: There are all kinds of tests for Dyslexia but many of them are humiliating to the Dyslexic student or Adult Dyslexic. The reality of Dyslexia is that is not a Dis-easement. It is not an uncomfortable thing to live with and in fact it can be a very creative condition to live in.
The Best testing for Dyslexia the accepting of Dyslexia. Many times a Dyslexic knows that they are dyslexic and yet they are unable to express it because of the social stereotypes. Testing Dyslexia is a very difficult thing to do and this is why there are so many test and so many different solutions for diagnosis of Dyslexia.
If the person tends to read upside down without difficulty or writes there letters reverse or upside down they likely have some degree of Dyslexia. If the person reads and then rereads the same sentence and each time they read it they read it as a slightly different sentence then they are likely some degree of Dyslexia.
If the person reads perry, instead of berry they are likely Dyslexic. The test of reading outload is a test by itself for Dyslexia. Many Dyslexics will not read well outload or if they have to keep a certain rhythm or speed to their reading. Many Dyslexics will also write inverted letters if they are needing to write with any quick speed.
The largest mistake in teaching a Dyslexic is in discovering Dyslexia when reading. Allowing yourself to discover how the words are alphabetically difficult is the learning process. Realizing the different combinations of letters and how they turn is the facilitation in teaching a Dyslexic how to read and write. Don’t get caught up with all the phonetics issues and differences in a negative way. Often times the phonetics mistakes that the Dyslexic incurs is because the reverse lettering of the alphabet.
- Question: What are the Practical ways to help a child with Dyslexia?
Answer: Teaching a Dyslexic is actually allowing the child to be who they are in all of their splender. Allow the Adult Dyslexic to be who they are in all of their splender. If splender, looks like sdlenper, have fun with it. Start speaking with a german accent and start to understand that people in life are different and unique. It is not the Dyslexics fault that the english alphabet’s letters can invert so easily to make completely different words and meanings.
Allowing the Dyslexic child to have fun with the different reverse lettering will gift the child comfort that they need to actually understand the Alphabetical Dyslexia Dilemma. If the child see’s all the different angles of an object and considers all possibilities the people around them would consider them smart. Yet, when the Dyslexic child considers all the alphabetical possibilities to letters they are often yelled at and made fun of by their peers. Remember that peers and beers looks identical to the Dyslexic reader. The Dyslexic reader, and reaper are also similar.
Teaching a Dyslexic to have have fun with the different combinations of letters. Teaching them how they can invert the language the way they actually view it. Taking our guards down about how ridiculous the education system is in calling Dyslexics Diseased would also help us in teaching a Dyslexic how to read or write. Education is also Epucation in reverse Dyslexic lettering.
Teaching a Dyslexic How to Read
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