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Understanding Dyslexia: Learning Strategies

In the previous article, we were informed about the diverse strengths and positive skills possessed by people with dyslexia. In this article, we will learn how teachers and parents can maximize those strengths by incorporating appropriate strategies that suits the brain function and learning difference of people with dyslexia.

Brain based strategies for teachers and parents of children with dyslexia

learning brainTeachers and parents can maximize the strengths of children with dyslexia and help them learn by incorporating these strategies in their teaching methods.

  1. Teaching strategies: When teaching, the student with dyslexia must be shown the big picture and then how the details fit into it. Topics must be broken down for them to aid understanding. Simple items or topics must be presented before the more difficult ones, from the concrete to the abstract and from the visual to the auditory. Learning must involve constant review and practice at every step of the learning process to ensure mastery.
  2. Multisensory teaching methods:Multisensory Multisensory learning involves the use of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways simultaneously to enhance memory and learning of written language. Links are consistently made between the visual (language we see), auditory (language we hear), and kinesthetic-tactile (language symbols we feel) pathways in learning to read and spell.
  3. Environmental support:The learning environment or classroom should be quiet and free from distractions. Having a carpet or rug in the classroom area will help keep down noise. Minimize distractions to allow students with dyslexia have an area where they can read or concentrate on class work. For students with dyslexia who are showing signs of anxiety, there can be a time-out area when they are feeling very nervous, upset or frustrated.
  4. Assessments and Grading: Students should be allowed to use electronic helpers when completing class work or tests. Examples include an electronic dictionary, speller or thesaurus, computers and talking calculators. Do not take off points for spelling. If you mark spelling errors, do so separately and create a list of words frequently misspelled for students to refer to during writing assignments. You may also offer oral testing and longer time for formal assessments.

 

School support/accommodations for children with dyslexia

MPP0040859The teaching methods utilized in most schools are those that teach learning skills easily processed by the left hemisphere of the brain, these methods make it easy for students/pupils to process abstract symbols of written language. However, these teaching methods are not appropriate for children with dyslexia as it was discussed in the second article of these series that people with dyslexia utilize more of the right side of their brain to process language hence they require a different learning method. With materials presented, students with dyslexia can be given appropriate accommodations. Some of these include:

  •  Clarifying or simplifying directions or instructions
  • Presenting bits of work at a time to prevent information or memory overload
  • Presenting text in larger fonts
  • Highlighting essential information
  • Recording lessons so they can be replayed
  • Making use of step-by-step instructions when teaching
  • Combine visual information with verbal and written ones- let them “see” what is being taught, this will help them remember more. Let there be visual representation of all information given.
  • Make use of colours for written work. This adds some excitement to writing.
  • Encourage their skills/talents like drawing, painting and singing.
  • Allow them present their answers orally when testing if they find it very difficult writing down the answers.
  • Help build their self-esteem
  • Reduce fear and anxiety by never forcing them to spell difficult words or read aloud in class.

 

Successful people diagnosed with dyslexia who have utilized their strengths and have become famous  with their skills will be the subject of discussion in the next and final article of these series.

Always remember that individuals with dyslexia have strengths and can excel in life.

Follow @DrMorayoJimoh for more updates. You can contact us for a consultation on dyslexia by clicking HERE

We would love to hear from you at Mobile Health Consult!

 

 

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Equip your child for life

???????????????????The school session is gradually coming to an end and summer is just around the corner. Students are putting in their best efforts to make sure they do well to be rewarded with an exciting summer trip. While some children are on the top of their game when it comes to learning and academics, some others may just be struggling to catch up and are slow learners. It is important to understand each child’s needs and peculiarities when it comes to learning. There are different learning styles depending on how each brain learns. Some children are visual in that they quickly assimilate concepts demonstrated in a visual form using pictures, charts, graphs, tables, etc., while some are kinesthetic. This means that they would prefer to touch and feel what is being taught by way of practical classes to assimilate the new information efficiently.

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Regardless of each child’s learning style, there are basic processes involved in learning, reading, writing and any academic task.  The underlying processes responsible for any form of learning to take place are called cognitive processes. The strength of these processes are very critical for learning and academic excellence. These cognitive processes include: Attention, Working Memory, Thinking and reasoning, Sensory integration, Problem solving, Auditory processing, Visual processing, Cognitive flexibility, Processing speed, etc

Learning difficulties, thus, arise when either or some of these skills are weak.

Here’s the good news!

Cognitive Processes and skills can be improved upon!

Research has shown that cognitive or brain training has the capacity to strengthen neural connections in the brain. The neurons are brain cells necessary for processing information from the five senses and also responsible for the above mentioned cognitive processes. When the brain is being trained consistently, those aspects are fortified and efficient processing of information results, however, when they are left dormant, they are pruned. Yes pruned! Research shows that we lose the functionality of aspects of the brain that are not in use. The popular saying in this regard is “You either USE it or LOSE it”.


brainware safariYou can equip your child or student for life; by giving him/her access to cognitive enhancement software that will serve to train the brain for optimal performance and academic success.  One major brain training computer program that has garnered a lot of research and interest from education professionals in the United States is BrainWare Safari. Developed by Learning Enhancement Corporation in Chicago, BrainWare Safari is an interactive software that incorporates 35 years of scientific research and approaches to cognitive development into a video game format. Its comprises of 20 exercises and 168 progressively challenging levels that improve cognitive processes as attention, memory, thinking, visual and auditory processing, and sensory integration.  Some of the benefits of BrainWare Safari include:

  • Improved cognitive ability by an average of 4 years in just 12 weeks of CONSISTENT use
  • Boosts academic performance by an average of 1 year 
  • Equips with problem solving skills
  • Increased Confidence
  • Passion for learning and success
  • Striking a balance between learning and fun
  • Home and School Use
  • Parental monitoring of child’s progress.

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….. Bringing out the best in children.


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Give yourself a “Brain Boost” with Mindfulness Meditation and Deep Breathing

Decision making, problem solving, creative thinking, studying, critical thinking and analysis, planning, organizing, are just some of the cognitive processes that are involved in our everyday life. Whether it’s the student who needs to focus for long hours in preparation for an exam, a lawyer who needs to prepare for a court case, a surgeon who is conducting surgery in a few hours, or an accountant who has to pay great attention to detail, our mental or cognitive functions need to be at their peak to avoid errors and to achieve the peak performance.problem

We can be at our best each time and moment in spite of the overwhelming stress and pressure that we face. There are deadlines to meet, targets to reach, grades to attain, cases to win, deals to seal,  projects to initiate and many demands that we place on ourselves which lead to stress.

The impact of stress on your cognitive functions cannot be downplayed. When we are stressed, it’s usually very difficult to think clearly or get involved in tasks without making mistakes. Our memory seems to be poor as high stress levels may lead to poor recall or forgetting information.

Mindfulness Meditation is a tool that can help you improve your mental functioning by combating the effects of stress.

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Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without a judgmental attitude while observing your thoughts, breathes, emotions and environment. This can be combined with relaxation techniques that serve to control your body’s’ processes and keep you from being stressed. A common relaxation technique is deep breathing.This can help curb anxiety that may occur when in complex situations that may demand for higher other thinking skills. Here are some of the ways “Mindfulness Meditation” can help you increase your cognitive function by a large percentage:

  • Improved focus and concentration: A calmer mind yields better focus and reduced wandering or racing thoughts. Mindfulness Meditation helps you stay focused on the present and this is transferable to other activities. When you need to perform an important task that needs optimum, take some deep breathes.
  • Clear and Smart thinking: When we are stressed and feel overwhelmed by activities and demands at work and home, clear thinking is almost impossible. Our minds are filled with so many things it that makes it difficult to arrive at good decisions or solve day to day problems. With biofeedback, a calm mind can be achieved.
  • Reduced anxiety: Relaxation training coupled with Mindfulness helps reduce anxiety that may impede optimal performance. When worries and anxiety are minimal, you can perform at your best.
  • Better memory and cognition: Research has shown stress can cause acute and chronic changes in certain brain areas which can cause long-term damages and poor memory. With mindfulness meditation, you can easily overcome the effects of stress.

With all said, why not choose skills that can improve your performance at work, school and at home. To learn how to breathe deeply please try our QUICK CALM TECHNIQUE, Visit http://www.mobilehealthconsult.org/?page_id=440

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