Knowledge of Dyslexia – The MindShift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia
Over a thousand girls and women have been diagnosed with dyslexia, and the average age of diagnosis is 12 years old.
The MindShift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia, developed by Dr. Katherine Fried and Dr. Tarusogopulos Pirrattis, is a practical guide that describes the symptoms, helps readers identify the following learning differences, and explains what is often overlooked or mistaken.
Anecdotally, it seems that the ability to read nonfiction texts or to create complex charts or charts containing complex mathematical formulas has always been associated with someone who has dyslexia. The same thing is true in classrooms.
We humans have very different abilities than animals, and the two will often overlap as our brains have evolved to process different functions. The information that is accessible to us depends on our natural abilities.
When dyslexia is mentioned, it is generally presented as someone who can’t or won’t read the same way that a non-dyslexic reader can. This causes a great deal of stigma.
There is some good research about how the development of characters and stories has shaped over the years, and there has been a shift away from naturalistic fiction. For instance, many of our favorite movies, television shows, and authors are aimed at adults.
Our brains still have a drive to keep regular schedules to control thought processes, but we don’t feel as stable as we once did. The modern U.S. population is getting older. Many of us still have irregular or unstable schedules and we are living shorter lives.
Dyslexia relates to a number of cognitive shortcomings, including a cognitive challenge in reading that occurs when reading nonfiction text is not part of the person’s natural ability. This is what is called habitual segmentation.
Naturalistic fiction that we read or the type of information that we focus on may be different from what a dyslexic reader usually experiences. For example, “I see different things” is a naturalistic fictional reading experience that is unavailable to dyslexic readers.
For children, parents and teachers, how to identify when someone has dyslexia or if someone has not identified whether someone has dyslexia is a major challenge. For this reason, one out of five children diagnosed with dyslexia is not adequately diagnosed.
Studies show that it is the inability to read and understand information that can cause the problem. It is not a question of having “inferior” language skills or being underprepared or not showing a “typical” ability.
Dyslexia can be ruled out with a simple reading test, such as the Xerox 7 (3 reading tests and an IQ test), the Stanford (used for the dyslexia test), or with a customized assessment of how people might read.
Dyslexia has a serious impact on the lives of individuals, their families, and schools. One out of every 10 students who was previously classified as having dyslexia is now an “over-divert” because the dyslexia label didn’t apply to them.
That is why it is important to understand what dyslexia is. For the first time, this is a powerful tool that allows parents, teachers, and specialists to look at children’s reading styles in a “normal” way and to see if the child needs additional help or if the child is struggling with standard reading skills. It takes understanding dyslexia and taking action to help a child learn how to read in a natural way.
Dyslexia can be recognized by simply looking at the way that the reading program is applied, the way a student is taught, or how they are evaluated. These are available on your computer or tablet. It can be helpful to have books that talk about the individual needs of all learners. There are also videos, blogs, and online resources that will enable parents, teachers, and professionals to help children learn to read and interact and understand everything that is presented to them.
Our Youth League created The MindShift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia in 2014 because there are many myths and misconceptions about this challenging and misunderstood condition. We hope that this guide will help all who read, write, and speak because we know it is important for their children to learn and respond positively to information.