Learning Curve: Can Dyslexia be effectively managed?

Posted : 26-Oct-2017

Do you remember Ishaan Awasthi of Taare Zameen Par? – the story of a struggling 9 year old kid with Dyslexia. Well, the movie was all about a kid who doesn’t seem to get anything right at his boarding school, but then he meets an art teacher who helps him to realise his hidden potential. The movie gives us a very important message to understand and recognize dyslexia not as a disease, but as a learning disorder.


Understanding dyslexia


Most of us have a definite pattern of processing information, but a person with dyslexia has a different way of processing information in the brain, dyslexia is often identified in a person with poor spelling and difficulty sounding out words in reading. However, the bright side of dyslexia is  a gift to creativity, a thinking that is out-of-the-box and an ability to see a larger picture.


Around 5-10% of the younger population have dyslexia, people with dyslexia typically experience difficulties with reading or decoding text. It may take a longer period to process the information and to comprehend. At schools, educators have to take special attention towards the student who are identified as slow learners, not only with students with dyslexia, but also for students who show differential learning abilities, since learning is very individual. Technology in education is proving to be a big aid for people with dyslexia, with technology tutors can now take varied approach. For an instance instead of taking notes during a lecture, learners can find easier to follow  discussions, allowing them to record the discussions to listen and watch it afterwards.


One of the most effective way is providing the students with digital handout, they can adapt for themselves. In fact, to present their learning outcomes in a different way students can go for video, podcast or mind map instead of going in a rather conventional way of writing an essay. By following these means of technologically availed services – dyslexia students can independently nurture their digital skills and can give them an ownership to be an independent tasker ahead in life. They can always plan to take the advantage of a range of software and apps on their personal device to plan and organise their work, meet deadlines, assignments and revision – Importantly, the institutions supports them to take these leads. The bottom line is giving dyslexic kids ample time so that they can figure out things at their own pace.


Top tips to assist learners with dyslexia


1. Give learners choice – Help learners to choose their access courseware materials.


2. Supporting with free and open source software such as mindmap, text-to-speech, this is because it is easy to plan and organise ideas visually rather than writing.


3. The use of multimedia such as audio and video to support understanding and encourage engagement.


4. Praise much and avoid criticism – A person with dyslexia need motivation so that s/he can learn to overcome the difficulties.


5. Provide an opportunity to answer question orally – Students with Dyslexia can do well to demonstrate and answer orally, but unable to do on writing.


To conclude, Dyslexia is a learning disorder that does not affect the intelligence. It has been clinically found that individuals with learning disabilities are smart or as smarter than their peers. Dyslexia can be managed effectively, the article explains all about it. Parents are encouraged to change the dialogue around dyslexia at home or school. 



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