"Your Child is NOT Bobo": Dispelling Myths on Dyslexia Conference
I was fortunate to have attended a Dyslexia Awareness and Intervention Summit last June 9, 2018 at UP-NISMED. I was very excited to attend the summit because I was very interested in knowing about learning needs in children and that included Dyslexia. I am somehow a “praning” mother and being a first time mother, I sometimes misinterpret or jump into conclusion when dealing with Enzo’s skills or milestones. So everytime I get a chance to learn more about children’s development I eagerly joined.
“Your Child is NOT BOBO: Dispelling Myths on Dyslexia” is an awareness and intervention summit was organized by Instant Reader. Instant Reader is a revolutionary, researched-based, Filipino-developed program pioneered a system that can make any non-reader and non-English speaker read and speak English that fastest and most effective way. The speaker Ms. Veronica Quintana-Arioder, founder of Instant Reader Philippines, talked about Dyslexia and according to statistics 1 in 5 has dyslexia but 95% are undiagnosed. One challenge is that schools lack awareness and the resources to help these children. Thus, the summit was organized to help spread awareness on teachers, parents, and anyone working with children.
According to Shaywitz, MD defined dyslexia as a learning disability that is rooted in difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols even if learner received or was subjected to appropriate teaching-learning process, however, such difficulty do not affect one’s general intelligence and creative thinking skills. This may somehow be too difficult to understand but Ms. Quintana-Arioder discussed the myths and facts behind dyslexia. In summary, these are some of the myths about dyslexia and its facts.
She also described the difference between a dyslexic brain versus a non-dyslexic brain. I got this image from google and it reminded me of a movie entitled “Every Child is Special” which is a movie about students with learning needs. Remembering the movie and having heard the discussion made me realize how difficult it might be for children who are dyslexic. In the explanation given by Ms. Veronica, the brain’s four different parts work together to enable reading, speaking, and memory. These four parts are the parietal lobe, frontal lobe, occipital lobe, and the temporal lobe. These four parts are activated in literacy and numeracy and in children with dyslexia have difficulty activating these four lobes. This is because the left amygdala of their brain bloats when they are fearful and anxious.
Having known these, it is most important to emphasize on the three proven ways to activate and train a dyslexic brain. Some ways to activate a dyslexic brain is to use multisensory – phonemic system of reading which could include phonetics and alphabet tandem of teaching reading, picture-aided reading and non-picture aided words. Another important way to help a dyslexic brain is by taking the right supplement, which is an Omega 3 Fish oil. Chronic stress causes enlargement of the amygdala, the portion of the brain that regulates anxiety and anger (www.lifeextension.com). Omega 3+ proved to be helping preserve memory and reduce anxiety during exposure to stress. Omega-3 fatty acids from deep-water fish contain DHA and EPA which are essential to many of the benefits it provides and it enables the brain to create more memories, learn quicker, and operate at a higher level. It is but most important to have early diagnosis and intervention because it makes a big difference so they could undergo the right reading program and system. Here are 10 signs and symptoms of dyslexia:
What I learned is that early intervention is important in the detection of Dyslexia, it is only through knowing our children can we truly help them. I also now understand that children with dsylexia struggles and parents and teachers has a significant role in helping them through the difficulties this bring about. Speaking of intervention, Instant Reader centers are available offering free assessments and a reading system that would help assist students with dyslexia.