We hear the term dyslexia frequently, but we don’t often stop to consider what it means to have this common learning difference — which affects 20% of the population — and how identifying it is important if you hope to gain access to the right tools for support.
Those with dyslexia are often gifted creators and communicators but find conventional learning environments to be challenging. Recognizing some of the telltale signs of this language-based learning difference is a meaningful step towards understanding and developing those unique strengths.
Organizations like Fraser Academy are there to help you make sense of assessments and provide resources that can maximize learning outcomes. Before embarking on that journey, the first step towards empowered learning is recognizing some of these key signs.
There’s a gap
As we mentioned, people with dyslexia have tons of strengths and tend to be highly intelligent, creative, and entrepreneurial — despite experiencing challenges with reading, writing, spelling, and math.
For many of these bright people, there may be a gap between their intellectual ability and their academic performance. For instance, someone with dyslexia might have tons of great ideas, but struggle to express them in writing.
This apparent gap could manifest itself in a myriad of other ways, like having difficulties staying organized, keeping personal belongings in order, managing time, following a series of instructions, or grasping grammatical concepts.
Struggling with sounds
Another common barrier for those with dyslexia is understanding the relationship between letter symbols and their sounds. This means someone who is very articulate could have difficulties sounding out unfamiliar words or reading things aloud.
For children with dyslexia, this could mean they’re a slower reader than their peers and have trouble fully comprehending written material. That said, by exploring different learning strategies and teaching methods, these setbacks can be overcome.
Feelings of frustration
As you can imagine, it’s not easy to learn in an environment that’s not conducive to how your brain processes information. Having to put more effort into learning than your peers — or falling behind academically — can lead to feelings of frustration and low self-esteem.
The sooner a learning difference is recognized, the sooner negative experiences can be thwarted and replaced with positive ones — all thanks to the development of skills that allow for self-awareness and independent learning. Instead of being bogged down by the sense that something is amiss, access to the right resources allows students to mitigate their weaknesses and discover their many strengths.
Fraser Academy helps students with dyslexia become successful, independent learners who can harness their intellect. Their skilled educators create a personalized learning environment that’s tailored to individual styles of learning.
Identifying a learning difference is the first step towards finding learning strategies, teaching methods, and an educational environment that will allow those with dyslexia to thrive.
To learn more about the range of programs and resources available, you can visit FraserAcademy.ca/x/.
You’re also invited to join a virtual open house on January 26 at 7 pm to get more familiar with how to empower students with diagnosed language-based learning differences.