EMPATHY: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Read the poem below for a glimpse...
"Sometimes I seem uninterested or maybe even lazy.
I have trouble with spelling and my memory is hazy. My letters and numbers reverse but they don't mean to. My Mom understands because hers do it too. Comprehension is tricky, times tables are worse, and don't get me started on learning another language - the absolute worst!
I dread going to school because I can't read aloud without slowing, and writing things down is even more slow going. I'm inclined to be messy and I limit my words, rhyming is awkward and I don't feel heard. I'm creative, smart and talented but I just can't make the grades. I'm doing the very best I can, but I don't know
how to change."
Participate in the IDA Dyslexia Dash 5K virtually, unless you're in Georgia and can run it for real!
Talk to your student's Special Education teacher about indicators of Dyslexia and ask about accommodations
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Dyslexia is the most common neural-cognitive disorder. In the United States, NIH research has shown that dyslexia affects 5-10% of the population, with estimates as high as 17%. Dyslexia is mainly a problem with reading accurately and fluently.
Common Signs & Symptoms
In Young Children
- Delayed Speech
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Severe Reactions to Childhood Illnesses
- Late to Establish a Dominate Hand
- Constant Confusion of Left vs Right
- Can't Create Words that Rhyme
- A Close Relative with Dyslexia
In School Aged Children
- Dysgraphia (slow, non-automated handwriting that is difficult to read)
- Letter or Number Reversals Past the End of First Grade
- Slow, Choppy, Inaccurate Reading
- Dreads Going to School
- Extremely Messy Room, Backpack and Desk
- Trouble with Multiplication Facts
Teenagers & Adults
- Limited Vocabulary in Writing
- Extremely Poor Written Expression
- Unable to Master a Foreign Language
- Slow Reader
- Terrible Spelling
- Difficulty Reading Printed Music
- May Have to Read a Page 2-3 Times Before Understanding it
What's the Good News?
It's common to list off celebrities but I guarantee there are people you know who have Dyslexia and are thriving. Ask your family members! Maybe you'll learn something new about a loved one in your life.
From left: Whoopi Goldberg, Albert Einstein, Caitlyn Jenner, Robin Williams, Magic Johnson, John Lennon, Jennifer Aniston, Muhammad Ali
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