The word dyslexia comes from the Greek rood dys, which means ‘bad, difficult, abnormal’ (e.g. dysfunctional, dystopia, dystrophy), and lex, which means‘word’(lexicon, lexicography). Dyslexia means“word problems”.
Apart from the crippling effects that dyslexia has in the classroom, diminished social and emotional wellbeing are often suffered by people with this condition. Their suffering is multiplied if, on top of it, they are not well taught.
Decades of discussion and refinement have led to much agreement on the definition, diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. That’s not to say that the science on the condition is settled. In fact there are still many unanswered questions and, sadly, a lot of room for misinterpretation and misleading answers.
This is why advocacy is so important. If you suspect dyslexia in a child you know, avoid the pitfalls of snake-oil merchants and poorly trained practitioners by consulting one of the organisations below:
The International Dyslexia Association
They will help you locate approved services and groups all over the world.
This Australian not-for-profit organisation: “Our Vision is for all people with dyslexia to be understood, acknowledged, empowered and to have equal access to opportunity.”
Organisations like the above actively campaign for evidence-supported teaching and interventions in schools. Below is a video about one of the campaigns to rid schools of predictable reading material that children are forced to guess at, as opposed to decodable reading material that children can independently read according to the code that they have been taught.
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