I am so glad that I bought Cam to see you – the relief I feel is immense. I feel as though finally we are heading in the right direction.
My daughter is 5 yo and just started preps. She is having reading difficulties she knows all her alphabet but does not get the sounds of letters and putting them together to pronounce the word therefore she is falling behind in the classroom we are doing extra work at home with her but she is having difficulties with her phonics. Do you have any suggestions for me or where can can get help.
Hi, It would very hard for someone to sure if she was dyslexic or not at her age. However its never too early to properly understand phonics. My phonics program Begins with basic letter sounds and colour in sheets for this. Then simple 3 letter regular words.
Make sure she is taught multi sensory. She should see the letter shape, hear the letter sound, say the sound and write the letter shape ALL AT THE SAME TIME. She could practice this with flour on a plate or in a sand tray, writing the letters with her finger or a paintbrush or pen or even a stick. She may need to practice each letter hundreds of times before she properly remembers it, but once she has properly learnt them she will never forget.
Schools tend to just show a kid the letters and if the child is distractible, like dyslexics are, they miss the connection between the shape of the letter and the sound.
Also letters are often varied in the way they are written and this confuses small children. Make sure the letter shapes are consistent, and I suggest keeping them as similar as possible to the letter in her reading books.
Hope this helps,
- The bandage was wound around the wound.
- The farm was used to produce produce.
- The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
- He could lead if he would get the lead out.
- The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
- Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
- A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
- When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
- I did not object to the object.
- There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
- They were too close to the door to close it.
- The buck does funny things when the does are present.
- A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
- To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
- The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
- After a number of injections my jaw got number.
- Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
- I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
- How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.
- There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
- English muffins weren’t invented in England nor French fries in France.
- Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?
- If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth?
- One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?
- One index, 2 indices?
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through annals of history but not a single annal?
- If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
- If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an
asylum for the verbally insane.
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
- Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
- Park on driveways and drive on parkways?
- Have noses that run and feet that smell?
- How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all).
That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible ?
And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?
English is a silly language … it doesn’t know if it is coming or going.
My son is 6 and a half years old and recently his teacher expressed her concerns about him in class. He was assessed by her earlier in the year, showing a high level of intelligence. His reading level is 28. His maths testing was very good. He is a very sociable child. However his writing is very poor and is not a good reflection of his intelligence. By her suggestion he has visited an occupational therapist who assessed him at below average and mentioned he shows traits of motor dyspraxia. I completed the tick test on this site and ticked 17 out of the 35. I am wondering if you can offer any advice on what I should be doing next, many thanks
It seems very odd that your son has been assessed by his teacher as highly intelligent but then as below average. He is either bright or below average. He cannot be both.
Correct diagnosis is so important. He has problems with writing so he could be either dyslexic or dyspraxic or have some problem within the autistic spectrum.
If he finds making friends easy then we can probably rule out the autistic spectrum, but you say his maths is good and children with motor dyspraxia usually have problems with maths.
If you read the book I have written on Dyspraxia I think you would be able to tell if he had that. It only costs $8.
If he is dyslexic he will have problems recalling the look of words and you will notice that he has most problems with the small irregularly spelt words. If he is all the time trying to sound out words and spelling them as they sound rather than as they look then he should be taught by phonics. Then use my Phonics program.
If the writing problem is due to motor dyspraxia he will also have problems with drawing. If his drawing is fine but his writing bad then his problems are not likely to be due to dyspraxia
There is a SPELD organization in Melbourne who may be able to help you.
get back to me if you have more questions.
I have been researching into Princess Diana in light of the fact that Prince Harry is now being open about being dyslexic.
Dyslexia is an inherited condition and it seems to me that he does not inherit his dyslexia from his father. About 80% of the thousands of kids I have assessed turn out to have at least one parent who is also dyslexic. Very frequently I end up assessing the parent who has brought the kid to me as also dyslexic.
Princess Diana was artistic, a very good public speaker, had excellent people skills, did not have good self esteem and was always interested in helping the under dog, the poor and the sick. These are all traits common to dyslexics. She also did not do well at school.
I have learnt that you only fully understand what it like to be an under dog by having been one. So many dyslexics spend a lot of time working with the underprivileged, recently Sir Jamie Oliver with his 5 Restaurants, Sir Richard Branson, setting up a committee for world peace and Mohamed Ali who worked for black Americans and risked going to prison as a pacifist.
Very few people know how to diagnose dyslexia, and in Australia I have diagnosed hundreds of kids that everyone else has overlooked and some that have been told they were absolutely not dyslexic.
Upon investigating her school life I find the following taken from her biographies, “Dianna Princess of Wales- a Biography” by Martin Gitlin.
- “she hated school”
- “she was in trouble a lot” at school.
- “a lack of confidence resulted from poor academic and early job performances”
- A teacher described Dianna as having a “defeatist attitude “ towards schoolwork.
- “she proved quite ordinary academically”
- “she continued to not match the success of her siblings in the schoolroom”
- “she perceived herself as unintelligent”
- “Diana recalls weeping in the company of her headmistress over her failures.”
- “her failure in two sets of exams forced her to leave school at 16.”
- “Diana’s lack of progress academically”
- “Diana’s poor lack of performance in school was merely a result of her laziness in that period of her life.” (How many times have I heard this said of a dyslexic?) And even though she apparently kept her bedroom and those of her friends spotless. And neat.
- She failed to learn French at her finishing school even though it was compulsory.
And does all this sound dreadfully familiar to any other dyslexics out there? Certainly these comments were all made of me while at school.
This is just a start and the result of half an hour or so reading by a dyslexic. But I would be interested in knowing just how many other dyslexics out there totally relate to all these comments.
Let me state again, dyslexics can learn to read and write, they can do schoolwork, they do now always read or write backwards, they are smart, caring and successful people and they slip through the net all the time and end up thinking they are dumb.
What do you think?
Dear Dawn We arrived here in Perth nearly 2 years ago from Zimbabwe, Africa and are thoroughly enjoying every minute with new opportunities coming our way all the time especially your webpage. I have a son who is nearly 16 years of age, attending high school and although we advised the school on numerous occasions of his dyslexia nothing has been forthcoming in giving any advice as to learning provisions for him although his teachers note his condition down after each parents consultation day. The school has now issued a phamphlet about all his Year 11 requirements and made mention of SLD provisions for exams. This is the first time we are in receipt of any information of this kind up until now. Any information you may give would be greatly appreciated as we are unfamiliar with school, tafe and uni requirements and/or provisions both for class tuition and examinations. Such as :- – do they require an official assessment to allow him extra time in examinations. – must his classwork all be handwritten on their supplied question sheets especially as English is graded on presentation – what can we do to ensure his grades are not being penalised unfairly (I was advised by his English teacher that his grades have been prejudiced because of his handwriting and presention despite my ensuring that they know he is dyslexic) etc As the next two years are important for my son’s education, I am also concerned that there might be other parameters regarding schooling and SLD that we are not aware of with being new to Australia and any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Here is a bit of his histroy and mine which might be of assistance:- We first discovered he was dyslexic in his first year at kindergarden (Pre-school)as he would draw mirror immage drawings & reverse his numbers and letters. We also discovered he was deaf in one ear and his vision was not the best. He had successful surgery on both ears with grommets to assist drainage and now has full hearing although sensitive to too much noise on occassion. He also wears glasses for close writing work (when he remembers to wear them). We then identified what to try to do to assist him and constantly did phonics with pictures & 3d, left/right hand eye co-ordinations, monitored giving commands and confirming their completion and then increased the amount of commands per sitting, re-evaluate and remind all procedures twice a year. All things progressed and improved, however, we have just started a new term with new teachers and once again he seems to be having trouble with his maths (last year he had an exceptional teacher and did exceptionally well) and his English used to also be of a very high standard but since our arrival in Perth that too has not been graded well. Prior to our arrival he was in a home school environment with a class of 4 per teacher giving a hands on stimulus. After reading your web pages on dyspraxia I now think he also will mark off 3/4 of your test. By the way I was diagnosed as dyslexic when my son was about 7 years old so I fully relate to his issues. As a pre-schooler I could not remember whole words nor my times tables and I too can tick 3/4 of the dyspraxia list. I suffered with severe glandular fever as a child for 2 years (from the age of 9 to 11) and also now wear glasses as well as have a sensitivity to light. Thank heaven for phonics (which by the way is now no longer allowed to be used as part of the curriculum in Zimbabwe). The following saying is so very true for me – Give me the system such as how the “Fairy E Rule”works and could then work out how the word sounds and its spelling! The good news is we both love to read with a passion and fortitude so…. try, try and try again does achieve results. Thank you for any assistance you may give. TLV
Hi, Thank you for you email,
Yes unfortunately despite my best efforts most schools in Australia seem to not do anything for dyslexics. I am setting up Dyslexic centre Australia in order to change this.
if you visit www.dyslexiccentreaustralia.com you will see a handout we offer to take to schools you can download a handout for dyslexics that we are trying to get out in every school. This points out that it is a legal requirement in Australia to have exams read and if necessary scribed but it does not seem to be happening in many places.
To get extra time for exams you have to have your son assessed by a Psych or doctor. but all they need to do is establish how long he takes to read something.
If your son had hearing loss as a small child he will almost certainly have Central Auditory Processing Disorder, which can be tested for by Western Hearing.
Dyslexia is an inherited condition and it is now thought that if you are dyslexic every one of your kids stands 60% chance of being dyslexic.
Hopes this helps
My daughter aged 10 has just be diagnosed with global learning difficulties can you please tell me what is the difference between that and dyslexia?
Learning difficulties fall into 2 types, specific learning difficulties and global learning difficulties.
Specific learning difficulties, include dyslexia, dyspraxia autism etc where the child has specific strengths and weaknesses. This means that the child is basically bright but has weaknesses in some abilities. Their WISC test profile has high and low scores.
Global learning difficulties is where the child is low right across the spectrum. The chid has tested as having no specific strengths.
However many, many kids are being misdiagnoses all the time. i have worked with scores of dyslexic kids who have been labelled incorrectly as having global learning difficulties.
I assume that your daughter must have been given the WISC test. If you consider this to be incorrect in your daughters case, get hold of the WISC subtest scores and send them to me or have them evaluated again at a Dyslexia Centre.
I will be pleased to help.
On the way home yesterday Robert said “you know I think that lady understood how my brain works which is pretty good because I don’t think anyone else has really ever understood me”
Many thanks I will give the report to Roberts teacher and the flyer about the seminar you run for teachers.
Hi, I am the mother of a gorgeous eleven year old who has dyslexia. I have read many books on the subject in the last few years and yours is by far the easiest to understand and the most relevant to Anna that I have come across. I only downloaded it today and can’t keep away from the computer. So THANK YOU so much.
This email was recently sent to me and I have posted it, incase anyone can help with the school suggestion.
Recently my 6 year old was diagnosed with dyslexia and adhd. We have enrolled him into a school that teaches the Orton Gillingham method. We will be moving to Melbourne, VIC and needed to find a school similar if there are any. We hear that you may only need a couple of years if caught early and it’s severity.
I have been searching the web for Australia Melbourne schools but they don’t have any listed for dyslexia.