This year Dyslexia Awareness Week begins on Halloween- the 31st of October and runs for the whole week to November 6th, promoting fresh awareness on a condition which affects an estimated 10% of the population in the UK and a shocking 300 million people worldwide.
Whilst Halloween appears to be the perfect time to joke about ‘spells’ and ‘spellings’, the people running into difficulties with dyslexia find it no laughing matter; often unable to control the organisational disarray within their written language. This is often first characterised by problems of accuracy in reading , sequencing and spelling within literacy. If left undiagnosed, it can often result in poor self-image, isolation, loss of self-confidence and social seclusion for an individual.
Dyslexia Awareness Week is aimed to advertise the misconceptions around treating the condition as well as helping to illustrate the signs of the condition itself. The biggest problems to arise in the UK particularly, are those of specialist training for staff within schools. Often children are faced with the wrong kind of support , or none at all within school due to lack of comprehensive understanding on the teachers’ parts. Often these children are very bright, but can be dismissed and told to learn in whichever ways the teacher sees fit, but as this is unsuitable treatment , the child falls into a pattern of failing tests and losing confidence through no fault of their own.
Recent research has proved that Dyslexic children conduct a different way of learning within their sense of organised understanding. It has appeared that they respond better to 3D graphics , using accumulative and sensory ways of learning, rather than traditional methods.
Dyslexia Action, at the forefront of this years awareness campaign have recently set up an initiative where specialists are introduced to schools and integrate with parent –teacher associations within the UK, showing them how to approach the condition and use the best of the resources available to help pupils. Their spokesman Dr John Rack stated “Evidence shows that children who struggle with reading lack good phonic skills. It is there sensible to monitor and assist the phonic skills from as early as year one, in order to assist the children”.
Although there is a long way to go with current research, a positive approach can still be promoted on the subject of Dyslexia. Whilst academically debilitating and frustrating for the sufferer, it pays to remember some of the most successful and influential people in history have been dyslexic also.
These include: Thomas Edison the great inventor, Steve Jobs; founder of Apple, Authors Hans Christian Anderson and Lewis Carroll- to name a few. Perhaps one of the most literal cases of ‘great minds thinking alike’ and clearly illustrating the brightness within the mind of a dyslexic.
For more information see: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
This year the theme is ‘Focus on dyslexia’.
© Tess Egerton 2011