Many parents can become concerned about labelling their children. Some believing that certain labels may limit learning, pigeonhole their children, or create negative judgment from their peers.
Before dyslexia was a recognised learning difficulty, students often would be classed as ‘dumb’ or ‘lazy’ as they could not academically keep pace with their classmates. The majority of educators now see how incredibly bright and vibrant these unique students are, and how capable they can be given the right tools and assistance.
Having an undiagnosed learning difficulty like dyslexia can be extremely damaging on a child’s self esteem and internal dialogue. Children see those around them excel in the classroom while they struggle and become frustrated and confused as to why it is so much harder for them. However, a diagnosis of dyslexia can open the door to many positive opportunities and outcomes.
Learning how the dyslexic brain works can open a student to new ways of succeeding in their schooling. Becoming self aware and understanding the tools and techniques their brain responds to is a skill they will carry through into adult life. This will ensure they have the means to keep pace in any academic field.
Broadening understanding of their own condition ensures the dyslexic learner becomes their own advocate. Knowing how your brain works means knowing what you need to get theory to stick. While being able to ask for clarification or added guidance can take practice, it means a higher quality of learning will be achieved in the end.
Finally, knowing how your brain works and why you learn differently from the mainstream student has the potential to boost not only self-awareness and self-advocacy, but also self-esteem. If children can learn in a way that engages their brain it will boost their faith in their own abilities, and show that they are just as capable. There is more than one road to success, dyslexic children are as bright and competent as a mainstream learner, they just take a different route.
So parents, don’t be afraid of the label. In fact, encourage it so that they can be proud of themselves and they way they learn!
For more information on how to understand your child’s learning differences, email us or call Summit Point School on (09) 973 5354.