Simple and complex refers to carbohydrates, sentences, and dyslexia as well. Dyslexia is not a disability. Dyslexia is not a gift. Dyslexia is simply not simple. Just as autism and other differences exist on a spectrum, with co-morbidity, dyslexia is at times morphed, combined, and evidenced as a complex set of characteristics. Students exhibit varying proficiencies with sound-symbol association, fluency, spelling, reading comprehension, written expression, auditory and visual processing, and memory.
Dyslexia is often hidden, but it ironically screams loudly. There are far too many myths about dyslexia that thwart the appropriate screening, assessments, progress monitoring, and most importantly interventions. At times, students with dyslexia are more frustrated by the hoops that they jump through in schools, communities, and life.
A diagnosis of dyslexia need not translate to automatic life struggles if the appropriate identification is accompanied by knowledge, student empowerment, and ongoing strategies. In this age of technological advances, we know that students with dyslexia have difficulties that are neurobiological in etiology. Structured direct instruction with multisensory interventions assists students to process language at the phonemic level. Collaborative reading approaches with schools, students, and their families are nonnegotiable.
This online course assists educators and staff that instructs or develops instructional programs for students with dyslexia and other reading differences to strengthen literacy skills across the curriculum, and ultimately life. Specific emphasis includes how to infuse technology with the appropriate digital tools. Join us in this online learning platform to simply reduce the complexities.
Toby Karten, NaMaYa Dyslexia Course Designer