Informed Parents Key to Beating Dyslexia
Children with dyslexia are intelligent as all other children, yet it is formal schooling, which seems to hold them back.
By: Luqman Michel
Liz Dunoon is a teacher and a mother to three children all with dyslexia. It was through her own research to help her children that she discovered a huge divide between what is known by researchers about dyslexia and what is happening to support children with it in our schools today.
In 2004 her oldest son started school. After 4 months he was unable to read any of the basic words being sent home on flashcards and was not capable of reading any of the words in his readers.
Not one to sit around and dwell on what might have been. Liz started to research how she could help her son to learn and to be successful at school. With the teachers approval she began to tutor 6 students from her son’s class, who were also struggling to read and with 3 short sessions per week over 6 weeks she had every child in her group reading and smiling once again.
The above supports my own findings of dyslexic children. If dyslexics are taught in a way appropriate for them they can learn to read in English in as early as 6 weeks. I am not a qualified teacher like Liz and have said I take about 6 months. Anyway, the idea is the same- dyslexics are all intelligent and teachable.
Further research by Liz made her realise that many families would benefit from her knowledge and therefore started her web site. Her personal experience in teaching her dyslexic children and the enormous research she had done resulted in her writing a book “Helping Children with Dyslexia- 21 Strategies to Ensure Your Child’s Success at School”. Richard Branson, who is a dyslexic, who had established the Virgin Group of companies which is now in over 30 countries, has writing an inspirational foreword for the book. I am eagerly awaiting my copy of the book which has been mailed early this week.
Liz believes it is time for change; children with dyslexia are as intelligent as all other children, yet it is formal schooling, which seems to hold them back. A majority of teachers are not educated enough to identify a child at risk of dyslexia, which leaves parents unsure of what to do to help their child when they are struggling at school. On top of this there are limited diagnostic services available and it can become an expensive extremely confusing minefield as parents strive to seek solutions.
Currently residing in Melbourne Australia, Liz is married to Andrew who also struggled with reading and spelling at school. Now a successful business entrepreneur, he supports her all the way and helps behind the scenes to provide their educational services. Her three children tackle each school year confidently and successfully and Liz continues to research and write so she can offer ongoing support to those families affected by dyslexia. ‘Transformation’
Visit Liz Dunnon’s site at : www.HelpingChildrenWithDyslexia.com
For further information please contact Liz Dunoon: firstname.lastname@example.org
0425 800 100
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I write a blog on dyslexia at : http://www.parentingdyslexia.com
Liz Dunoon's web site is at : http://www.HelpingChildrenWithDyslexia.com
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