The Beautiful Minds Dyslexic charity
Possible the proudest moment in my life was getting this PSA back fromBlake McGrew a project I had worked on for a long time and for a moment I didn't think it was ever going to take off! My biggest goal for the charity is to empower struggling student. To keep students in school and prevent drop outs no matter how bad they are struggling, theres hope.
special thanks to Bethany Hood for doing my make up but not just for my PSA but so many of my other charity events!
Most kids start learning to read by learning how speech sounds make up words. Then they connect those sounds to alphabet letters. For example, they learn that the letter "b" makes a "buh" sound.
Being dyslexic means that a person's brain has trouble processing letters and sounds. That makes it tough to break words into separate speech sounds, like b-a-t for bat. When it's hard to do that, it's really hard to connect speech sounds to different letters, like "buh" for b, and blend them into words. Kids who have dyslexia might get frustrated, angry, or sad because reading and spelling are so hard. They may not like being in a different reading group than their friends or having to see a special reading tutor and can take a huge tole on there self confdents.
When reading taken a sheet of paper and covering the bottom writing and following the sentctance that is being read will help the child read and foucs on what he is reading, it also help minamize the other problomes with dyslexia like skiping to the next sentce with out knowing, headachs from the words "vibrating" or "moveing".
There's no cure for dyslexia. It's a lifelong condition caused by inherited traits that affect how your brain works, althoe there is no one Gean that causes dyslexia but a cocktail of different geans that makes your child dyslexic. However, most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program, and emotional support also plays an important role.
Dyslexia symptoms can be difficult to recognize before your child enters school, but not impossibule. Some early clues may indicate a problem. Once your child reaches school age, your child's teacher may be first to notice a problem. The condition often becomes apparent as a child begins learning to read.
Dyslexia can lead to a number of problems, including:
- Trouble learning. Because reading is a skill basic to most other school subjects, a child who has dyslexia is at a disadvantage in most classes and may have trouble keeping up with peers.
- Social problems. Left untreated, dyslexia may lead to low self-esteem, behavior problems, anxiety, aggression, and withdrawal from friends, parents and teachers.
- Problems as adults. The inability to read and comprehend can prevent a child from reaching his or her potential as the child grows up. This can have long-term educational, social and economic consequences.
- Children who have dyslexia are at increased risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and vice versa. ADHD can cause difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, which can make dyslexia harder to treat. Dyslexia is also misdiganosed as ADD or ADHD.
There's no known way to correct the underlying brain abnormality that causes dyslexia. Dyslexia is not generally treated with medications. Dyslexia is treated through education, and the sooner intervention begins, the better.
COPING AND SUPPORT
Emotional support and opportunities for achievement in activities that don't involve reading are important for children with dyslexia. If your child has dyslexia:
Be supportive. Trouble learning to read may affect your child's self-esteem. Be sure to express your love and support. Encourage your child by praising his or her talents and strengths.
Talk to your child. Explain to your child what dyslexia is and that it's not a failure on his or her part. The better your child understands this, the better he or she will be able to cope with having a learning disability.
Take steps to help your child learn at home. Provide a clean, quiet, organized place for your child to study, and designate a study time. Also, make sure your child gets enough rest and eats regular, healthy meals.
Stay in contact with your child's teachers. Talk with teachers frequently to make sure your child is able to stay on track. Be sure he or she gets extra time for tests that require reading, if needed. Ask your child's teacher if it would help your child to record the day's lessons to play back later.
If your child has a severe reading disability, tutoring may need to occur more frequently, and progress may be slower. A child with severe dyslexia may never be able to read well. However, academic problems don't necessarily mean a person with dyslexia will be unable to succeed. Students with dyslexia can be highly capable, given the right resources. Many people with dyslexia are creative and bright, and may be gifted in mathematics, science or the arts. Some even have successful writing careers.
You may have noticed a lot of misspelled words in this article. I didn't have anyone spell check or proof it so that you could see my personal struggle with dyslexia.