Course: CACHE ELP SEN (SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS) TEACHING ASSISTANT
Assignment Number: Assignment 5
Date Submitted: 2/3/15
Number of pages: 6
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning disability which affects a person’s ability to read and a number of other areas of learning. Many believe that people with Dyslexia only have problems reading left to right or with recognizing words when they see them, but in fact Dyslexia also affects the person’s phonics, spelling, visual and verbal responses. Most who suffer with Dyslexia inherited it but there are a few people who developed it after a brain injury or if they suffer from dementia.
Research is focusing on techniques for early diagnosis and finding a genetic foundation of the disorder. There is also research taking place on the connection between neurophysiologic processes and cognitive abilities and their relationship and involvement in the task of reading.
Many people who suffer with Dyslexia are gifted in the subject of art, and are very creative.
A few indicators of dyslexia can appear from an early age. They will still be noticeable when the dyslexic child leaves school. These include, obvious 'good' and 'bad' days, for no apparent reason, confusion between directional words, e.g. up/down, in/out.
A child who suffers from Dyslexia may have difficulty with sequence, e.g. coloured bead sequence and later with days of the week or numbers. They may also have a slow development in speech. Their memory may be very poor, the inability to remember labels for known objects e.g. chair, table, and door. (SEN unit 6, 2014:66-68)
A child may also, when at school age, have difficulty in reading and writing, they may write there ‘b’ and ‘d’ the wrong way round, they may even leave letters out or move words around. They may have difficulty understanding what they have read and need to read it a couple of times. It will take them a longer period of time...