Dealing with Dyslexia

‘Dealing with Dyslexia’ is a new project; I aim to produce six or more videos and a short book trying to help parents who are struggling to deal with reading problems or dyslexia.

A Facebook friend from New Zealand posted this recently:

“There are apparently several techniques available to overcome dyslexia. My mother used to give individual tutoring both checking left/right coordination and lessons using ‘whole word’ recognition which are very useful. Dyslexia can be beaten with the right attention and training.”

I don’t disagree but I posted the following:

Dyslexia a spectrum disorder and definitely NOT ‘one cure/remedy or system fits all’. That makes it very difficult for the schools, the teachers and the specialists.
My aim is to help parents work out what’s best for their particular children and what approach will work best in co-ordinating/liaising with schools and working round the exam systems and endless tests that pass for education nowadays.
It’s quite a challenge. 

My project has a comical side – I was (and am) an expert film-maker, now retired, with awards to my name and more than 100 documentaries and television programmes under my belt. But I have no budget for these videos, no research team to help me and no obvious way to get them circulated and seen if I do eventually get them made. I am having to learn to do all my own donkey work – with absolutely no one to cheer me on or cheer me up.

Wish me well on this site if you think it’s a worthwhile project and let me have your thoughts about dyslexia as well. The first video will be available soon and I will post it and show it to invited audiences whenever I can.

If you care about dyslexia and want to know more about it, come along to a viewing – the video will be less than 10 minutes long and then I will try to answer any questions I can about dyslexia and how to help young dyslexics and their parents to manage our very inflexible school system and our rigid exam requirements.

Send your email address to me at:

JtheNavigator@yahoo.co.uk

or leave it in the comments here.

I will be in touch.

When I set up this web-site, in 2010, I wanted to draw attention to reading problems caused by tracking disorders, not dyslexia. You can see how I started it below and can follow what I discovered and published on the other pages of this web-site.

 

 

 

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First Thoughts – from 2010 – about tracking and reading problems

The Guardian published a leader about dyslexia on 26th. February, 2010.

The leader writer suggested that Finns and the Italians, whose languages are almost entirely phonetic, never suffer from dyslexia.

Apparently this is wrong – there are children with reading problems in both countries and you can translate the word dyslexia into both these languages.

But I wrote in to draw attention to other problems, tracking disorders, which are just as incapacitating as dyslexia but much less well known. These are some of the things I said:

Youngsters, especially young males, can suffer very severely from a little known eye problem which is often confused with dyslexia. It makes reading and conventional spelling almost impossible.

This disability, not too strong a word, is called a tracking disorder and an eye specialist tells me that around 20% of British children (most often boys) are afflicted with it to some extent. After years of intensive treatment and with a lot of special help, a young man whom I tried to help still struggled to read fluently out loud.

He probably only really reads two letters in every five and guesses the others because his eyes won’t ‘fixate’ accurately as they traverse a line of text.

Americans seem to know all about tracking problems and so do some Australians and Canadians. But there are very few British people (even amongst teachers and opticians) who have any idea of the problem and how to deal with it. It is a small problem, not normally indicated by conventional eye tests, which can cause huge educational problems. It can incapacitate children in a very serious way.

If you know children who struggle with reading for no apparent reason, do not assume that dyslexia (or the hopelessly chaotic ‘rules’ of British spelling) are the only possible causes.

Inadequate tracking may be another important issue.

Tracking problems are what this web-site was about, to begin with.

I hope it can help, if you have or know children who suffer in this way.

 


 


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An Introduction

If your child has reading difficulties, a little known eye problem may be causing them.

It’s called TRACKING.

Tracking problems are not the same as dyslexia. In some children, especially boys, the muscles of the eyes don’t work precisely enough to read fluently and accurately and distinguish each letter and spot the front and end of each word.

Your child may not be able to see a*l th* le*te*s *n wo*d* cl*arl*

Your child may not be see to able to see to words all the a in in a sentence order in the

Tracking problems do not show up in ordinary eye tests. Children with perfect sight can find it very difficult to read.

Because reading and writing are so crucial at school – even at pre-school – your child may suffer seriously if you and your child’s teachers don’t realise what is happening and do something about it.

The child may become very unhappy and frustrated if he or she can’t read or write fluently when other children of the same age can. A bright child who can’t read feels like a fool and may turn against education completely because of a relatively minor sight problem.

If you think this may be happening to your child, have a look through the comments and materials here in this blog – it’s meant to help you and it’s free for you to use, copy or download.

It offers advice and anecdotes about experience with tracking problems and some possible contacts and references and details of useful web-sites.

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