READING DIFFICULTIES

Learning to read is a very complex skill - and for many of us, it doesn’t come easily.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that causes difficulties with reading. Students with Dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because Dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services. Click HERE for more information about the signs of Dyslexia.  

The exact causes of Dyslexia are still not completely clear, but anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a person with dyslexia develops and functions. Moreover, most people with Dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds, a key factor in their reading difficulties. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn. With appropriate teaching methods, students with Dyslexia can learn successfully.  The following videos provide helpful explanations of Dyslexia.  

 

More information about reading disabilities may be accessed from the following websites:

Dyslexia Canada

Made By Dyslexia

Understood

LDonline.org

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EFFECTIVE READING INTERVENTIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE

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FINDING A TUTOR

When looking for a reading/writing tutor,  be sure to find someone with extensive training in structured literacy.  The following directories may help:

The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI)


Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors

Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba

Please note. If you have a child who has a learning disability, you may be able to deduct the costs of primary education and tutoring services as medical expenses.  Click HERE for more information.