Dyslexia has become one of the most controversial learning disorders out there. It’s no wonder. People with no education or experience in the field, martial arts instructors and the like, who’ve never even worked with a dyslexic child in an academic setting, are suddenly professing to be experts. Or hiring a team of experts. Oh, yeah. After you give them a tub of money.
Schools are ignoring the problem, letting these brilliant kids slip through the cracks. Sure, they might offer up a reading program as a solution, but that only goes so far.
Following are five myths that everybody should be aware of:
You will outgrow dyslexia. This is something a lot of parents hold tightly to, thinking that their child will simply outgrow this condition. Sadly, this isn’t true. Sure, some kids learn to push through it, but it never goes away. Ask any celebrity about their journey to fortune and fame, and they’ll tell you it wasn’t easy.
If you try harder you’ll learn. Well, if this were true then we wouldn’t have a problem at all. Most kids with dyslexia try harder than any other students. Their wiring is different – no matter how hard they try, new neural pathways won’t be built in their brains until they are made to do so.
Academic intervention programs will cure dyslexia, especially those where memorizing spelling and reading rules are stressed. If this were true, dyslexic kids would be reading and functioning well. They’d be writing and spelling with ease. Think about it. If these kids had strong visual and auditory memory abilities, then they wouldn’t need extra intervention. They would have learned and retained the information the first time it was presented.
Students with dyslexia aren’t’ as smart as their peers. This isn’t true by definition of the disorder. These kids are brilliant, often presenting gifts of one sort or another. Many of our speakers, architects, and actors/actresses are dyslexic.
Giving a dyslexic students technology assistance, modifications, and accommodations will prepare them for life. I wish this were true, but by giving these bright kids “crutches”, you don’t prepare them for higher education or the job market. They need modifications and accommodations initially, but they also need a plan of action to help them overcome this paralyzing condition. Yes, it can be done. And that is no myth!
You can overcome dyslexia!