Please join us for a discussion with Sprague Theobald on Blog Talk Radio on Wednesday, December 11th at 1pm EST. Mr. Theobald is a an emmy award winning documentary filmmaker who also has dyslexia and a story to tell. We cannot wait to talk with him!
Why do we confuse b, d, p and q anyway? Most of us know that this is a normal part of learning to read. Anyone who has watched a preschooler learn to read has seen him or her wonder out loud if that is a b or d they are trying to read. We have also seen this same preschooler become a first grader and figure it out after awhile when they just ‘get it.’ And then there are those who continue to mix up these letters past 2nd grade, when it becomes a red flag. The interesting, and often not answered very well, question is: why? Stanislaus Dehaene, the author of Reading in the Brain, does a great job of explaining in this in an chapter in Dyslexia Across Languages. I am going to do my best to paraphrase because I think it is important to understand how the brain has adapted to fit reading in to a space that was originally meant for other skills.
Below is an mp3 of a song about dyslexia which was written by Tessa Matus and Berne Velasquez from Belize. They would like to use it to raise awareness to help create a dyslexia organization in Belize and beyond. A video will be forthcoming, but for now please share and help them spread the word.
This flowchart is a visual aid to help a parent and/or advocate of a child with dyslexia navigate the special education process. It is meant only as a general guide. It has been adapted from the forthcoming book: Dyslexia: Decoding the System by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley of The Dyslexia Training Institute.