Dyslexia – 5 Reasons to Say it!

Say Dyslexia

What are the 5 Reasons to Say Dyslexia?

  1. The Science. Say Dyslexia because of Science. Dyslexia is supported by over a century of basic, clinical, and educational research. Why shouldn’t we connect day-to-day experiences with scientific understanding?
  2. A Dyslexia-Appropriate Education. Say Dyslexia because of Education. Unless dyslexia is recognised by name in our schools, students have no chance of having their distinctive patterns of strengths and challenges and specific educational needs recognised. Dyslexia is not just reading. The intelligence and creativity of dyslexic children and adults needs to be recognised, children need to be challenged at their levels of intelligence, and in addition specific needs in reading, writing, spelling, processing speed, math, memory, and organisation need to be addressed.
  3. Dyslexic Strengths Say Dyslexia because of Strengths. The intelligence and creativity of dyslexic adults and students have been recognised since the very first reports of dyslexia were created and they seem to be as integral to the fundamental features of dyslexia as its most common challenges. It’s vitally important to recognise cognitive strengths to build on student strengths and tailor education to the strongest routes of learning and memory. Dyslexic students shouldn’t have to wait until adulthood to discover their talents and abilities; strengths should be discover and nurtured and all students should learn about the positive heritage of dyslexic men and women throughout history.
  4. Dyslexic Community Say Dyslexia because of Community. Dyslexic students, adults, and parents of dyslexic children need to be able find each other to share, learn, help each other, and find support. For many across the UK and Ireland today, dyslexia is invisible. But invisibility makes it that much harder to find advice from others who have “been there, done that” and it’s harder for young people to discover that their part of a ‘tribe’.
  5.  Positive Action and Change there have been profound changes in attitudes toward dyslexia. Parents and teachers are much more aware that at least 10% (and as many as 20%) of all children have a reading challenge. But more importantly, they are becoming aware that these children are some of the brightest and most creative. Children with dyslexia struggle to make the connections required for reading, but they make other connections that the rest of us miss.  Consider this statistic: 33% of successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic. Many actors, researchers and artists have overcome huge reading challenges to become leaders in their professions. Dyslexia does not need to be a barrier to success in life.

“Schoolvision at McCrystal opticians… Delivering effective solutions to approx. 90% of those with symptoms of dyslexia”