I am a Dyslexia Specialist and educator with over 30 years of experience. I am passionate about teaching children to read. When children unlock the reading maze, their lives change. I am fortunate to be able to help foster these skills and be a part of the “a-Ha!” moment when it all finally starts to make sense.
Before I knew about the science of the dyslexic brain, I sometimes felt helpless when faced with a student who was clearly talented in many ways, yet struggled with the process of learning to read. Now, I have the tools to not only help children learn to read but become more confident readers.
I’ve also seen first-hand the effects of overlooked dyslexia. The effects on a child’s self-esteem can be long-lasting and linger on into adult life. Children see others around them learning with such apparent ease, and come to the conclusion that they are just “not smart.”
But most children with dyslexia have normal to higher-than-normal intelligence. In fact, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, the co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia, defines dyslexia as an unexpected difficulty in reading given an average intelligence and a demonstrated incentive to learn. Children with dyslexia typically have well-developed higher cognitive abilities (general intelligence, vocabulary development, and reasoning skills).
Science and experience demonstrate that children do not grow out of dyslexia. They will, however, derive great benefit from a multi-sensory, explicit and cumulative approach such as the one I use.