Orton Gillingham Multisensory Tools: What is Dyslexia?

Orton Gillingham Multisensory Tools: What is Dyslexia?

Posted by Tammi Brandon on 27th Jun 2018

Brainspring Master Instructor Tammi speaks about the ins and outs of dyslexia. See the video below, and enjoy!



Helpful Hints: What is Dyslexia?

Reading is a complex series of events, how does anyone really learn how to read?

First, we have to connect letters and sounds, then we take those sounds and form them into a word, lastly taking the word and assigning meaning to it. We have to repeat this with every word in a sentence and then assign a greater overall meaning to that sentence.

What Dyslexia is Not …

*Dyslexia is not a vision problem.

*Dyslexia is not curable, and one does not outgrow dyslexia, however, with appropriate intervention, a dyslexic can become a proficient reader.

*Dyslexia is not a lack of intelligence, creativity, hard work, or determination.

What Dyslexia is …

*Dyslexia is a brain-based condition in which the dyslexic brain functions differently than the non-dyslexic brain.

*Dyslexia is a life-long condition that impacts reading, spelling, and writing.

*Dyslexia is fairly common, affecting up to 20% of the population in the United States.

*Dyslexia also tends to run in the family.

What are the Symptoms of Dyslexia?

*Dyslexia is so much more than letter reversals. Object naming, word retrieval, word attack, sight word recognition, spelling, and reading fluency can all be challenging for individuals with dyslexia.

*Dyslexics also have difficulty with mispronouncing words, dates, times and directions (left/right, north/south), and learning a foreign language.

*Early symptoms include trouble with rhyming, difficulty isolating syllables, associating letters with their sounds, identifying and manipulating sounds within words.

*Dyslexia is diagnosed based on frequency and severity of the issues listed above.

*Early intervention is important, but it’s never too late.

What Can You Do to Help the Dyslexic Student?

*Adjust your teaching methods to meet the needs of the dyslexic learner.

*An accredited Orton-Gillingham based program is encouraged, as it is designed with the dyslexic reader in mind.


Written by Tammi Brandon, M.Ed., CDP

Tammi Brandon is a Master Instructor and Education Consultant with Brainspring Educator Academy.

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