Parent Checklist: 15 Ways to Help Children with ADHD and Learning Disabilities

“Identify and treat the problems as early as possible, preferably before age 10. The first years in school are crucial to beginning intervention and preventing failure and feelings of inferiority.

Help the child gain an understanding of his disability from a biological perspective. Don’t use or allow negative labels, such as “lazy,” “stupid,” or “inferior.”

Help the child learn to identify feelings, use words to describe them, and talk about them.”

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Source: www.additudemag.com

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Dyslexic kids in every class, but no centres to train them – Deccan Chronicle

“At least 10-15 per cent of school children face a learning disability or dyslexia. But, only a few schools have centres for dyslexic children in the city. “Given the number of dyslexic children, only 10 schools have learning centres. Parents must know about dyslexia. Often, parents refuse to accept that their child  is dyslexic. Every school must have learning centres for dyslexic and our next initiative is to set up such centres in schools,” said D. Chandrasekhar, founder and president of Madras Dyslexia Foundation at the week-long programme to observe Madras Dyslexia week on Tuesday.”

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Source: www.deccanchronicle.com

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Diagnosis Dyslexia, APD & Homeschool

“For us, that diagnosis catapulted us forward. We finally had movement, progress being made. I just about devoured any sort of article, blog post, or book I could find on dyslexia and APD. I prayed for direction, for perseverance and for a softened heart. I began researching how dyslexics learn, how my own daughter learns. That alone made a huge difference. I was expecting her to fit into the mold of my teaching. That didn’t work so well for me. It took me years of homeschooling and a dyslexia/APD diagnosis for me to take a look at the way I was teaching. The reality is, her diagnosis is here to stay, it’s not something that she will grow out of. So we learn to adapt. We adapt how we homeschool, we learn new tricks, we experiment with different curriculum, we give lots of hugs, say lots of prayers and remind each other to look for the glimmers of hope.”

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Source: homeschoollaunch.com

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Technology helps dyslexics decode written word

“‘I remember yearning to read the comics in the Sunday paper’…He credits assistive technology – particularly text-to-speech translation software – with helping him better comprehend the written word. There are even apps that allow him to upload scanned images of, say, classroom materials, and then download and read a text that’s highlighted in sync with an audio narration.”

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Source: www.philly.com

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Now I Understand What My Child With Dyslexia Is Going Through

“When I was asked to try the Through Your Child’s Eyes simulation of dyslexia, I jumped at the opportunity.

It went something like this:

The letters are jumbled. The clock starts ticking. You can’t read the words. You feel stressed out almost right away. You try to put words into context by reading the entire sentence, but you can’t. You have to decode. But until you flip the letters, you can’t figure out the words. It’s really hard to tell which letters are flipped. The more frustrated you get, the more you want to give up. Is reading this even worth my time? What is it trying to say? What’s the point? Keep in mind this is only a 75-second exercise. And I’m not 9 years old.”

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Source: www.understood.org

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‘Dyslexia’ Is A Meaningless Label And Should Be Ditched

From the Article: “Elliott’s argument is that dyslexia is so misused it encompasses virtually any difficulty where there is a discrepancy between reading performance and IQ. Although the numbers involved have not been quantified, an estimated 5-10% of the population are classed as dyslexic.

But far from helping children, a dyslexia diagnosis could get in the way of the targeted support they need. By taking a wide range of difficulties under its umbrella, it makes it harder to find specific solutions for specific problems. The elevation of diagnosis into the key to unlocking extra help also disadvantages those who have not been diagnosed, but whose reading difficulties are just as severe.”

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Source: www.forbes.com

My personal view: I disagree that dyslexia is a “meaningless” label and that it does more harm than good. However, I do agree with this one point: “Children who struggle to read should not need a diagnosis before they get help.”

–Rita W. El-Haddad

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