If you follow Springer’s blog, either through our website or on any of our social media pages, then you have most likely noticed our focus on the topic of dyslexia. Not surprisingly and intentionally, much of the information we have provided has been focused on the facts as they relate to dyslexia.
Obviously, arming yourself with as much factual information as possible is a very important step in helping a child who is struggling with reading. But sometimes, when focusing on only the clinical aspects of dyslexia -the facts- we often lose sight of the human side of the equation. More specifically, how is dyslexia impacting the individual who is struggling with it, how is it impacting the parent or caregiver, and how is it impacting the family as a whole on a daily basis?
Let’s take a look at a possible “day in the life of a child with dyslexia”. Understood.org provides excellent examples of individual scenarios from both a child’s perspective and an adult in the workplace perspective. In each scenario, when we take the technical aspects of dyslexia out of example, what is left is the emotional impact that simply navigating through a day creates. From an 8th grader named Henry who doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning and missing school because the thought of school gave him a stomachache to Lori, a marketing assistant, who begins each day with ever increasing stress and anxiety because her colleagues lose patience with her and she doesn't want to let them down.
Do these scenarios sound familiar? If they do, then you most likely understand that, simply stated, each and every day is taxing on individuals with dyslexia and, by extension, taxing on the family. If you are looking for more information and guidance on how to help a child or adult with dyslexia, be sure to connect with Springer’s upcoming Dyslexia Series programs. Next in the series is our Parent Book Club where we will explore Dr. Sally Shaywitz’s book, “Overcoming Dyslexia”. Join the virtual discussion tonight, January 19th at 6:30, as Springer’s own Dr. Mary Ann Mulchaey shares her wisdom for Parts 1 and 2. This is your chance to join the conversation, click HERE to register for tonight and click HERE to register for the continuation of Parts 3 and 4 to Overcoming Dyslexia on March 10th.
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