What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that is often misunderstood. It is a complex learning disorder and its effects are significant and obvious due to the impact that it has on language and general learning.
As a starting point, I always like to inform students, parents and educational professionals that people who are diagnosed with Dyslexia must have a good level of intelligence to meet a diagnosis. So people with Dyslexia are bright, but working with literacy-based concepts is confusing as language is literally jumbled in their minds. People with Dyslexia have a disorganised lexicon, or a disorganised internal dictionary. All of the information is usually there, but it’s hard to find and tiring to sort through. This means that people with Dyslexia often suffer from fatigue, frustration and feelings of helplessness when learning. Dyslexia causes difficulty with reading, spelling, writing and even speaking, most typically caused by confusion with understanding letter sounds, reading single words and spelling.
Support for Dyslexic Students
Over the last few months, I have been racking my brains about how to provide the best support for the students with Dyslexia that I assess and diagnose. I often provide a long list of recommendations, but feel as though I am not being helpful in a practical way. After speaking with our Brisbane Speech Pathologist, Niluka, I realised that the best person to support people with Dyslexia to learn would be a specialist in language – cue Speech Pathologists!
Speech Pathologists and Dyslexia
Speech Pathologists, or speech and language therapists, have specialised knowledge and expertise in the instruction of literacy and communication. They have training in literacy-specific skills such as linguistics, phonological and phonemic awareness, reading, writing a variety of text types and second language acquisition. Speech Pathologists have an intrinsic understanding of the complex interplay of numerous factors involved in the process of language learning and development, which prepares them to work with students from a full spectrum of abilities. Speech Pathologists are able to assist students who have language delays or disorders, students who have difficulties in any area of Literacy and students who are achieving highly at school.
Tutoring for Dyslexia
After my lightbulb moment, I decided to contact the best tutoring company in Queensland – Optimise Learning. Why did I choose them? They have developed a unique tutoring approach that follows the Australian National Curriculum and works collaboratively with the student’s school teachers. I hadn’t come across a tutoring company like this before and I am so pleased now that I have found them. It also helps that Tracey and Peter, the creators of the program, are such amazing people!
So…. back to the point of this post… Specialist tutoring from a speech and language therapist can not only increase your child’s confidence and abilities in literacy, but can also enable them to improve their communicative capacities.
Contact our Speech Therapist Brisbane
Scope Clinical Services, in collaboration with Optimise Learning, are very excited to offer students the opportunity to have tutoring sessions with a qualified speech pathologist. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to learn how we can assist to develop your child’s academic progress.