According to the Singleton (2000) of Orton Dyslexia Society, dslexia is ‘a neurologically-based, oten familial disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language’. Tis means that dyslexia is often inherited, ad is limited to the linguistic area of intelligence. Sch definition further suggests that dyslexia is neither a debilitating condition that may worsen each day nor a deadly communicable disease. Tis definition imparts the hope that dyslexic children will have enough skills to catch up with the reading requirement in mainstream classes, epecially when guided with ‘careful systematic efforts’ (Reid 2011 p.
A a reading specialist for dyslexic children, Ihave been interested in turning dyslexic children into successful students who could not only read accurately but also perform academic tasks with excellent outcomes. Ihave encountered dyslexic children who were unable to read at first but turned out to be successful lawyers and doctors later on. Bsed on my experience, Irealised that dyslexic children should not be underestimated. Rther, te teacher should be the source of strength and inspiration, te one to give all the encouragement that child needs in order to progress.
Athough they have difficulty reading, dslexic children are in fact smart and talented in other fields besides reading. Sarbick and Marshall (2004 p. 275) provide an account of children with dyslexia who later became famous in their own right. Te truth about dyslexic children makes my work as a reading specialist truly significant and the performance of my students always serves as the reward in a day’s work. Te students I handled lately included five dyslexic children with varying depths of reading difficulty self esteem problem.
Te children, nmely, Cmeron, Carlie, Eika, Hmish, Kte, ad Noah are in the 9th grade. Smilar to most children with dyslexia, m students presented self esteem problems at the start of the program. Te survey questionnaire I administered, wich included the Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale, sowed that the children had very poor self esteem. Tis condition impedes them from trying and doing their best, tus their reading performance was greatly impacted. I was not surprising to learn that most of the children had difficulty reading because bore the imprint of being dyslexic.
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