I have it and didn’t “get” it until I got serious about looking into it more in order to help my sons. I totally recommend rethinking your thoughts on dyslexia – especially check out the stuff from Noticeability.org and the folks at DyslexicAdvantage.org. It is important to note that based on the statistics, it is likely to have someone in your personal life with an undiagnosed case of dyslexia. And not supporting them is shameful and potentially abusive.
If you are in education – this is a mandate. You need to know more about dyslexia. Period.
As a person with this “issue”, I remember being bullied and made fun of by teachers, by peers, and others because my reading and writing (especially spelling) was so sub-standard. I managed to earn Dean’s List and graduate from Cornell University, but at a very high price to my mental health and well being. Looking back, I long for what would have nurtured my growth and development rather than stunted it. Truthfully, I’ve spent much of my life recovering from my formal education. Check out some of these links below to learn more and at the minimum, view the videos with extra punctuation!!!
But – first – a bit of humor and a moment to re-think the “R” word.
See the bumper sticker on the car in the rain? (note to self – don’t take pictures while driving – especially in the rain with a dirty windshield.) It says “Dyslexics of the World Untie!” This is definitely my favorite bumper sticker. When my son, Zach, first saw that he belly laughed. He didn’t have to think about it or put it together – it was instantly funny because he is so smart and he has a documented case of dyslexia. An excellent editor once pointed out that I spelled “unite” wrong in an article where I mentioned this slogan. Oh, man. A sense of humor is so important!
See the Boston Museum of Science display?
Check out that close-up below. In case you don’t know, “Retard” is the “R” word. And it is totally uncool to say it. But notice how it is a part of science and it simply means make slow. Those of us with brains that make us read slowly or do other tasks in standard academic settings in a belabored way… I think we get to decide how we describe ourselves without a preachy mess from a politically-correct person. I understand this is hard for some and too far for others. It really is all about the tone of voice and context of the words.
I like to call myself retarded sometimes because it eases the pressure – helps me lighten up when I’m being hard on myself. If folks can’t handle that I push the envelope on this discussion, I easily back off. Sometimes I point out this image from the Boston Museum of Science. Sometimes I change the subject because I’m not a fan of politically-correct language nazis.
I do think we all need to notice judgments and misconceptions and basically just be kind to all people all the time. This isn’t always possible. But it is possible to do better in this regard. Advance the human race with a light touch and a kind heart by using your spark lever thoughtfully!
!!!What is Dyslexia? – Dyslexic Advantage One Minute Video
!!!The Turkey and The Crow | Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide | TEDxEastsidePrep – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OErQa5yIiUk – 18 mins – a GREAT VIDEO that explains the difference between dyslexic and non-dyslexic minds
Deeper resource – http://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/
The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind | Dean Bragonier | TEDxMarthasVineyard 16:51 mins – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dPyzFFcG7A
Deeper resource – http://www.noticeability.org/
!!!Bring on the Education Revolution. https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_learning_revolution – 18 mins not specifically about dyslexia, but very much worth watching and exploring more by this fellow. Also, I liked this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17fbxRQgMlU – pro-tip – you can watch videos in half the time if you click the settings wheel and choose playback speed 1.5 or 2x.
And Regarding Discipline for kids not fully engaged in school – hint hint – they probably have an unsupported learning disability!