Is it the American based International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the London based British Dyslexia Association (BDA), visual processing specialists, educational psychologists, optometrists, neurologists or educators?
Does one organisation, country or state have the right to ownership of the term?
In general, the word dyslexia means; ‘dys’ a difficulty and ‘lexia’ with words.
So if your child is struggling to learn to read and spell and is losing self-confidence as a result, they may have dyslexia.
Is it a neurological, visual, phonetic, brain processing problem, a learning difficulty, difference, disability or a bonus?
It’s true, that an academic’s individual area of expertise, their career choices and the way in which they obtain funding will determine the way in which they want the term ‘dyslexia’ to be perceived by the education authorities and the masses.
The parent with a child who is struggling at school to learn to read and spell and is quickly losing their self-confidence is only concerned about one thing; their child.
Imagine if you have a child who starts school full of enthusiasm for learning and excitement to get started and after a few short years or even months, that child starts to show signs of severe anxiety and spirals downhill with psychological issues.
When your child is in pain you feel their pain too.
I know this first hand, I’ve been there before with all three of my children.
Here is the order of events;
- Your child starts to struggle to learn.
- The parent goes to the school to seek help.
- The teacher not being trained doesn’t know what to do.
- The parent become frustrated at the lack of support.
- The child’s struggle deepens.
- The parent starts seeking help outside the school.
- Parents look even harder for the ‘why’ and seek a solution from a learning specialist.
- The word dyslexia is used (or not used, depending on what country you live in. Apparently in Scotland right now it is out of vogue.)
- Everyone is confused because there are so many different definitions of dyslexia out there.
Be aware, what your education system states and which learning difficulties academics have the most funding and the loudest voice where you live, will determine what the term ‘dyslexia’ means for you and your child. Government legislation will also determine who pays for your child’s diagnosis, what in-school support they are entitled to and if they are likely to succeed within their school system.
In many countries, sometimes the only way to get support and assistance within your school systems is with a diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty SPLD or ‘dyslexia’. Parents need to learn about the system in order to make any of this happen.
Here are two of my favourite definitions of dyslexia to help you on that journey.
You will find more definitions on this website in the free e-books about dyslexia.
To learn more about what dyslexia is or isn’t, you can read my book Helping Children with Dyslexia. You will find it in your local library, on Amazon or online at www.dyslexiadaily.com.
Here’s to you and your child’s success.