The Right Approach to Dyslexia

“Dyslexia is not a disease or identifiable physical condition, but a learning style”.

Dyslexia is a term we commonly hear about these days. Research says that every second person in a crowd out of twenty is diagnosed with the said disorder. It is the most common type of learning disorder seen. Dyslexia is a disorder that affects one’s reading and writing capacity. In a broader perspective, it can be defined as a neurological disorder that affects a person’s cognitive capacity in reading and spelling fluency as compared to other people who have age-appropriate reading capability. People with the condition generally have trouble reading quickly and reading without making mistakes. They may also generally have trouble understanding what they read.

A person with dyslexia is just anyone else, like you and me. They typically have above average intelligence, they can talk and sometimes think out of the box, which other people without dyslexia may not do or formulate. Children with dyslexia are generally as smart as their peers, but because of their trouble with reading, they tend to fare poorly in school. They can also face challenges when it comes to spelling, writing or speaking clearly. The severity of the disorder varies from person to person. While those with a mild form might eventually learn to cope, most will need a little more effort to overcome it. But in most scenarios, they can still complete schooling and go to college. To put it across quite simply, anyone with Dyslexia can learn to read if they get the right instruction.

However, the irony is that due to the lack of awareness among people, even to this day, their learning style remains unnoticed. More often than not society wrongly labels them morons, careless, dull and so on.

But do you think these names and labels justify the challenges they face and the struggles they have to fight in their day to day life? The answer is definitely NO. It’s time to look for an answer.

As it is rightly said, “For every problem, there is a solution as no question is ever left unanswered”. As with all challenges one faces, the earlier the intervention, the better the outcome. Receiving a diagnosis early on also means better support and intervention and this can make a huge difference in managing the disorder.  The right approach to dealing with Dyslexia is a timely acknowledgement by the family members and society, through early intervention programs and therapies. These are conducted by a team of Special Educators, psychologists and occupational therapists. They provide guidelines and help navigate the world of a Dyslexic person and understand the world through their perspective. Dyslexia affects every learner differently in reading, writing and spelling abilities. Therefore the intervention plans made by the therapist cater to their individual needs and conditions. Let’s briefly understand the team effort that is involved in helping a dyslexic person.

Psychologist- A psychologist will conduct a clinical assessment of the individual and describe the findings, indicating areas that need intervention.

This is followed by reaching out to a Special educator. A Special Educator will form an Individualized plan of education for the learner as per their needs. This could be diversified visual learning, auditory learning, kinesthetic learning, tactile learning and so on. In some cases, the intervention is done by an Occupational Therapist. This is a professional who will cater to any other challenges the individual faces, such as ADHD, writing issues etc.

Though there is no cure for Dyslexia, one must remember that there are plenty of tools and ways to manage it. With the right support and teaching approaches a person with Dyslexia can overcome their reading challenges and excel too.  

If you have concerns about the learning challenges that your student or child face, reach out to our team at Tactopus, who can conduct a thorough assessment and guide you in the right direction.

As the famous quote goes “Dyslexia is not a disease to have and to be cured of, but a way of thinking & learning.”

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