Not so when you are dyslexic. The
child with dyslexia invariably starts to
think there is something wrong with
him. He may think he is stupid. The child
with dyslexia is often thought to be lazy
or not sufficiently engaged or doing his
best. Nobody would consider a quadriplegic to be lazy for not getting out of his
chair, but children with dyslexia have to
suffer these sorts of injustices all the time.
Why? Because their struggle is outwardly
invisible. Consequently, they choose to
camouflage it, making it all the more difficult for parents and teachers to properly
When you suspect there is an issue,
perform the litmus test. Lovingly invite the child to read something. Check
each and every word as you read along.
You will notice that too many words are
wrong or are guessed at and that—
overall—the reading goes too slowly. Take action. In spite of public myth, there is no
research evidence to suggest that dyslexia
solves itself as the child gets older.
Need More Information?
The book Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and
Complete Science-Based Program for Read-
ing Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz,
Ph.D., is an excellent reference book on the
topic. The International Dyslexia Associa-
tion offers information on their website: In-
terdys.org. Our science team at Dynaread
.com welcomes questions, and we answer
these free of charge.
Hans J. A. Dekkers is CEO and Head of
Research at Dynaread Special Education
Corporation. Research, project initiation, and problem solving have formed a
structural part of his entire career. Hans’s
number-one challenge was “How can we
translate the latest of scientific understanding into an effective learn-to-read
remediation method that can recover the
loss of motivation, the ego damage, and
the deep frustration experienced by older
struggling readers?” Hans built a team of
scientists with complementary knowledge
fields, plus curriculum authors and IT
staff. Hans is married and a grateful father
of five—all homeschooled, with the oldest
two currently in University.
1. Shaywitz, Sally E. (1998). Current concepts:
Dyslexia. The New England Journal of Medicine,
15334406, 19980101, Vol. 338, Issue 5.