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Healthbeat 4: Understanding Dyslexia and the challenges of reading

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – An alarming number of kids are behind in reading.

Many people may have a reading disability and not even know it.

What do Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all have in common?

They all had dyslexia.

“One in five people have dyslexia. Most of those people go undiagnosed but I think we are more aware of that,” said Emily Koson, Literacy Consultant Northwest AEA

Dyslexia is a learning disability that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.

“It is neurobiological in origin. With dyslexia, we want to think about it on a spectrum we have mild to very severe dyslexia,” Koson added.

If only I would have known parents say. As a child gets older If your child has dyslexia they may feel frustrated or embarrassed reading out loud in class, have difficulty spelling words, confusing letters with similar shapes, and mixing up the position of sounds in a word.

“Reading is very slow, very laborious, spelling is difficult, spelling longer words, it’s a lot of work.”

There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies.

Overcoming this comes with a different way of learning, based on systematic language structure, including phonics.

“Let’s say a parent or teacher contacts me, the school AEA team and we start with assessments what type of a structure does the student need? and we work through that,” Koson said.

Parents may say ‘Jill never wants to read’, but with the help of a literacy coach, often people with dyslexia become some of the most intelligent people in the world.

Koson added, “We will help that child no matter what regardless of diagnosis.”

The Iowa Department of Education Dyslexia Resources provides support to educators for students with dyslexia and their parents.

While schools and AEAs cannot provide a diagnosis, staff help determine what characteristics of dyslexia your child/student may exhibit and design an instructional intervention to support them with the teachers in the school districts.

Click here for more information from Northwest AEA on learning resources.

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – An alarming number of kids are behind in reading.

Many people may have a reading disability and not even know it.

What do Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all have in common?

They all had dyslexia.

“One in five people have dyslexia. Most of those people go undiagnosed but I think we are more aware of that,” said Emily Koson, Literacy Consultant Northwest AEA

Dyslexia is a learning disability that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.

“It is neurobiological in origin. With dyslexia, we want to think about it on a spectrum we have mild to very severe dyslexia,” Koson added.

If only I would have known parents say. As a child gets older If your child has dyslexia they may feel frustrated or embarrassed reading out loud in class, have difficulty spelling words, confusing letters with similar shapes, and mixing up the position of sounds in a word.

“Reading is very slow, very laborious, spelling is difficult, spelling longer words, it’s a lot of work.”

There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies.

Overcoming this comes with a different way of learning, based on systematic language structure, including phonics.

“Let’s say a parent or teacher contacts me, the school AEA team and we start with assessments what type of a structure does the student need? and we work through that,” Koson said.

Parents may say ‘Jill never wants to read’, but with the help of a literacy coach, often people with dyslexia become some of the most intelligent people in the world.

Koson added, “We will help that child no matter what regardless of diagnosis.”

The Iowa Department of Education Dyslexia Resources provides support to educators for students with dyslexia and their parents.

While schools and AEAs cannot provide a diagnosis, staff help determine what characteristics of dyslexia your child/student may exhibit and design an instructional intervention to support them with the teachers in the school districts.

Click here for more information from Northwest AEA on learning resources.

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