How can we change from being prosecutors to helpers of dyslexics
Qarrots are qreem in colour.
No, don’t worry it is neither a typo error nor are your eyes deceiving you, but this is my attempt in trying to picturize the image that comes up in the brain of a dyslexic individual while reading some letters.
So can you decipher these phrases? Let me give you a hint: b for d and q for p
Is it easy now? So lets correct these sentences now:
My daddy strongest
Parrots are green in color.
Today I am in a playful mood and before going ahead I would like to play a game with you, my very own quiz show!!!! And I want you all to participate.
So the rules are simple: 1 question 4 options, you give the right answer and win the jackpot, simple right?
So are you ready?
Which among the following is the correct definition of dyslexia?
- Trouble in reading, learning, and writing
- Difficulty in walking
- Difficulty in talking
- All a, b and c
Ding ding ding!!!! If your answer is option (a) then yeahhhhhhhh you won.
What’s the prize you ask?
Well, the prize is the understanding that we just got of what really dyslexia is (if you guesses your answer) and now if you happen to come across a dyslexic kid you now know that they are not “dumb” but probably just helpless because of this condition.
Understanding their difficulties
Some of the difficulties which a dyslexic kid faces are
- As mentioned above difficulties in reading, writing and also spellings
So basically what may be a cakewalk for many it becomes an uphill task for dyslexics
- No gaps while writing
Absurd right? But sadly these kids can't help it and skip the spaces between words while writing which seems normal to them.
- Difficulty in finding the difference between letters “b” and “d” and also get confused between “p” and “9”
Remember the start of this blog??
- Difficulty in reading which increases ten folds during any exams because they are expected to read the entire question paper themselves and write down the answers.
As a result of this, they omit some words while reading and hence find it difficult to score well in exams.
Tackling the problem
So now that we are well acquainted with the term “dyslexia”, why am I still writing? Isn’t the purpose of this blog accomplished? Well, the answer is a big fat NO.
The purpose of posting this blog is to make sure we are helpers and not prosecutors of dyslexic kids/individuals.
I believe that the problem is not with those kids but us as a society who are ignorant to their needs and insensitive towards their problems.
So if tomorrow by chance your child or a child in your family is diagnosed with dyslexia, how will you help them?
- Will you like several other parents taunt your child for not scoring well?
- Call him/her names for not studying?
- Will agree with an equally ignorant teacher (unfortunately at times it happens) in your child’s school, that your child is “good for nothing” just because he/ she is not academically brilliant?
Sounds harsh right? But this is what is happening and it’s a pity that many kids are looked down upon because of dyslexia or to say the least they are misunderstood.
So how can we help you ask?? It is simple, be understanding and patient, kind of like the magic key while dealing with a dyslexic kid.
Below are some of the ways in which you can help depending on the role you essay
As a Teacher
Yup, as a teacher it is an added responsibility of identifying these kids and helping them out and also their parents
- After identifying these students, speak to the parents. Ask them to meet the doctor (psychiatrist).
- Lots of patience is required while teaching them. (Like I said before patience is the magic key)
- During the exam, these students should be made to sit in a separate class. Two or three teachers should be allotted there who can read out the questions to them.
- Give extra time, if required.
As a parent
- Be understanding
- Accept the fact that your kid might not be a top scorer always, but cultivate the other skills that he/she may have.
- Make them learn small simple answers instead of bombarding their fragile minds with long and difficult answers.
Overall, in the end, all these kids need is your support and love. So next time you meet a child instead of judging them by their marks try to understand them and maybe even find out if they need any help.
Till next time, be happy, spread joy and keep slaying.
(Credits: Mrs. VilmaD’silva
The principal of SriSharadaEnglish Medium Higher Primary School, Basrur, Karnataka)
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