Special Opportunities For People With Dyslexia
Special education is a really broad subject, there is an enormous amount of different aspects that can harm one’s way of learning. Since my oldest boy has autism I thought this was just one of two learning disabilities that a child can bear. During the duration of the course, I learned there is a lot more topics to touch bases on, one that stuck to me the most was dyslexia. Dyslexia is set to be a reading or writing disability. The great thing I learned in this course is what is dyslexia and how educators go their way just to help a student with disabilities, how inclusion comes into play and how IDEA helps students and educators.
A student with disabilities doesn’t mean you are different from any other student. Some have a hard time with sports others with video games or have a harder time riding a bike. For students with disabilities, they have a bit of trouble with education. After reading the selection, Exceptional Lives Special Education in Today’s Schools eight education, it opened my eyes a bit more to the aspect that no child is left behind and there is no student that is not the same as the one to the right and left of them. Sure, the student takes a little more to learn the same material as a student that is deemed “normal” but in the long run, the student will understand that material. The student with disabilities might need more instruction more direction but the student with a disability will end up learning the material properly just like any other student.
Dyslexia does not give disturb your way of learning educational material. Dyslexia is broken down it categories just like anything else. I did my own research and I came across a website from Mayo Clinic, in the articles stated that there are ten different categories of dyslexia.
Developmental dyslexia as per Mayo Clinic is the most common category of dyslexia. Developmental dyslexia is hereditary most of them are born from premature birth or low birth weight. Drugs, alcohol, and infections can cause dyslexia as well as per Mayo Clinic. The symptoms are known as early as six months of the child’s life. Dyslexia is not something that a person can just stop having or outgrow. It is a neurological problem that does not allow the brain to receive the right things needed to allow the person to understand the words or numbers properly.
Dyscalculia is one of the then different types of dyslexia it is for mathematics. This is when a student has not yet been able to do simple basic math in their early educational career so, later down the road as math gets more complex they will have a harder time-solving math problems. Statistically half of the people with dyslexia will have dyscalculia there is just not enough study on it.
Auditory dyslexia is another type of dyslexia out of the ten different categories. Auditory dyslexia according to Mayo Clinic is when an individual has problems processing sounds of language. The symptom of this type of dyslexia is hearing the words in reverse. For example, hearing the word “Go” and they might hear “OG”. This can be a problem because it can cause the student to start to misspell words as well because of what he or she is listening to. I did a little bit more research and I came across a website called The Reading Well, and it led me to understand a bit more about dyslexia. As described dyslexia is just a broad term reading more about this made me understand a bit more what these students have to go through just to get a basic education which can be hard for the parent but most importantly for the student emotionally and mentally.
Special education is used for students with disabilities that have a little trouble with education so they need a little more guidance. This disability is not only a physical one but a mental disability that can never be outgrown. Each different disability is different and each different one goes through different challenges in their everyday life and in their educational life. These disabilities do fall under special education because they need a little more attention than a regular student to not just help them with their education but to help them as well with their life to allow the student to live with their disabilities with fewer problems.
The IDEA is one of the best terms I learned in this class and I can implement this on my son that has autism. The IDEA has six different principles and as per the book Exceptional Lives Special Education in Today’s Schools, it has, Nondiscrimination evaluation, Zero Reject, appropriate education, parent and student participation, and procedural due process.
Nondiscrimination evaluations say that the evaluation has to be available to everyone who has any type of disability or may have one. There are some disabilities that cannot be determined by the sight of the eye they cannot go assuming things without an evaluation.
Zero reject is that an educator cannot deny a student because of the disabilities. The educator has to include the student as if the student is a regular student. Regardless it will take a little longer to have the student participating but it will help the student achieve their goal in the long run.
Appropriate education is that an educator cannot give every student with different disabilities the same thing to do and hope they all have the same progress. The educator has to understand that there have to be multiple things for different students so that each student can receive the best education possible.
Parent and student participation and procedural due process is something that some students in this class made me believe that this goes hand and hand together. The parent of the student is with the child for the majority of their early years so the parent is able to identify if there is something wrong with the child or if the child needs a little bit more redirection. Which growing up I would remember that our teacher would send some other students to another class so they can get a little bit more attention in a different class.
All of the six principles of the IDEA are a must in the educational system because they are stepping stones for students to get the best education they can possibly receive regardless of their disabilities.
One of my son’s friends in his classroom is dyslexic, I am not sure what category he is but I have notices that in some instances the teacher has to have one on one with my son’s friend. Besides education, he is a very bright kid he excels in sports. I have noticed that when I challenge my son sometimes to identify the letters or to read stuff his friend seems lost as he too tries to challenge himself too. I see him as any other regular kid because at the end of the day he is just a regular kid he just has to spend a little bit more time to obtain what other kids without disabilities learn. I have tried to help my son’s friend with homework once or twice and he would get mad and say stuff like “I could do it “and it would frustrate him when he couldn’t finish the homework. I stopped insisting on helping him and started using words like “hey good job but I would do this different “so he won’t feel any different. I am a really good friend of his father and he mentions to me the same thing that his son does not like to be helped. He did tell me that his wife has a very good relationship with the educator and that he himself has seen big progress in his education as well as interacting with others.
Inclusion is something used for students with disabilities so they can learn in a regular classroom setting with students with no disabilities. My son has autism since I have mentioned before I feel like I have used this in his life already since I get him involved a lot with a lot of children without disabilities and as well requested that in his school and daycare. The way I saw it was once my son is not a student anymore and he is on his own he won’t have an educator telling him what he should do or helping him as much as he had help during his educational career.
Special education is a really tough subject for educators but it is praised by a lot of parents like myself. Dyslexia has a broad range of people that are affected and it is something that should be addressed as soon as there are some symptoms of dyslexia. Educators use the six IDEA principles for the better for the student. Because out of all the ten dyslexic categories there are many that cannot be identified by the naked eye.