The current definition from the International Dyslexia Association states:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Many elementary school teachers have limited resources related to dyslexia and other learning differences. Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know was developed to open the door for these educators to a better understanding of dyslexia.
This handbook is intended to support all teachers in their passion to help every child reach his or her fullest potential. Use it to raise awareness, share best practices, and be a resource to your school’s administration and staff.
Inside you’ll learn more about find topics such as:
- Signs and symptoms of dyslexia
- Classroom strategies, tips, and tools
- Components of effective reading instruction
- Screening, evaluation, and diagnosis
We encourage you to share this handbook with as many people as possible. The more educators we can inform, the more children we can help!
Having a child diagnosed with dyslexia can be a traumatic experience. While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things. Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Schwab.
Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success!!
Alexander G. Bell, Tom Cruise, Cher, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, General George Patton, Nelson Rockefellar, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picaso, Charles Schwab, John F. Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Whoopi Goldberg, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Winkler, and George Washington are well known for entertaining, discovering, inventing, creating, singing, and much more. Did you know that they have also been found to be dyslexic? Find out more about famous people with dyslexia at…
Students who start reading for 20 minutes nightly in Kindergarten will have read for the equivalent of 60 days by the end of 6th grade. Students who read for 5 minutes nightly will have read for 12 days. Students who read for 1 minute nightly will have read for 3 days. Look at the results. Such a small sacrifice that yields HUGE dividends. We practice sports to become better at the games we play. We practice music to become better too. Reading works the same way….just practice!