October is Dyslexia awareness month
During the month of October ‘Light it Red’ is a volunteer initiative organised by Code REaD Dyslexia Network, a national registered charity. ‘Light it Red’ involves encouraging local communities to help us shine a light on Dyslexia and open up the conversation by hosting an event for Light it Red for Dyslexia.
The Light it Red for Dyslexia Campaign begins October 1 and goes through until November 15th (extended due to the various Australian School Holidays).
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. In short, Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading
Difficulties in classroom/learning environments
· Difficulties with decoding, fluent word recognition, rapid automatic naming, and/or reading-comprehension skills
· Difficulty decoding new words or breaking them down into manageable chunks they can then sound out. This causes difficulty with reading, writing and spelling
· Difficulty decoding logos and signs
· Struggle when trying to learn the rules to games
· Have difficulty keeping track of multi-step directions
· May also experience working memory deficits related to the acquisition of new symbolic information, rote learning, sequential information, and an inaccurate response to written or verbal information.
· Organisational difficulties and poor time management may have implications for structuring conceptually understood work and the acquisition of revision and assessment of subject learning
Strategies to help a participant with dyslexia:
· Repetition and review of skills. Physically performing the skill as an example when showing your participant a new skill can be extremely helpful.
· Helping students set realistic goals for themselves. Many students with dyslexia set perfectionistic and unattainable goals. By helping the child set an attainable goal, teachers can change the cycle of failure.
- To assist in setting goals try using the “just right challenge
· Clarify or simplify written directions
· Block out extraneous stimuli and highlight essential information.
· Use short, simple instructions
· Repetition of skills will assist in learning and maintaining skills
· Maintain daily routines. Many students with learning problems need the structure of daily routines to know and do what is expected.
· Simultaneously combine verbal and visual information
· Use mnemonic instruction. Mnemonic devices can be used to help students remember key information or steps in a learning strategy
· Use image-based visuals to help with processing instructions
· Use time-bound activities for initiation, attention and concentration
Olympian Duncan Goodhew, and his success story living life with Dyslexia
Olympian Duncan Goodhew was 23 when he won a gold medal for Great Britain in Moscow. He struggled academically and at 13 was diagnosed with dyslexia. He recalls that on the day he was told he had dyslexia he also had to swim a medley in the pool.
His PE teacher’s assessment was unequivocal. “He will swim for his school, his county, his district, his country and he will probably go beyond that too.”
It was this belief in him that made Duncan determined to reach the top. As a child who found living with both dyslexia and hair loss “corrosive to the self-esteem”, swimming changed his life.
Dean Bragonier and very big swim
Dean Bragonier will take a dip for dyslexia: 50 miles, while avoiding jellyfish, exhaustion, and sharks.
Dean Bragonier embarks on a 27-part, freestyle circumnavigation of Martha’s Vineyard at State Beach in Oak Bluffs. Forty-two-year-old Mr. Bragonier, a dyslexic, is the founder of NoticeAbility, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating a dyslexic-specific middle school curriculum. In addition to raising awareness about dyslexia, Mr. Bragonier is undertaking what will be a 50-nautical-mile swimming adventure to draw donations to NoticeAbility, in an effort to hit a $145,000 target for curriculum development. Several Island businesses, such as Wallace & Co., the Mansion House, Big Sky, Atria, the Art Cliff Diner, 7a, and this newspaper, have lent their support.
For every one of the 27 legs of his swim, Mr. Bragonier will post a video blog featuring different aspects of the journey, alongside different folks from on- and off-Island who were born with dyslexia
Benefits of Swimming:
· Engaging in physical and activity has many benefits that can contribute to a child’s positive self-image and may even help to improve academic performance.
· Playing sports can help to motivate a student to improve the kind of organisational skills they need to academically succeed
· Regular physical activity can enhance concentration and focus, improve mood, and help to relieve the kinds of stress that can beset any over-scheduled, struggling student.