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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month at TALC


October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

The Apps Learning Centre is celebrating the successful implementation of multi sensory phonics programs that help children, teens and adults overcome the difficulties associated with dyslexia.

What is dyslexia and who is affected?

People with dyslexia often have average to superior intelligence. Many are gifted in math, science, fine arts, journalism, and other creative fields. A list of such people would include Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill and many others who have changed the course of our world. However, their tremendous strengths are offset by noticeable weaknesses. Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002.

Some of the signs associated with dyslexia include:

  • Slow to speak
    • difficulty learning letters and sounds
    • Difficulty organizing written and spoken language and thoughts
    • Slow memorizing number facts
    • Difficulty spelling
    • not reading at an age appropriate level

Dyslexia is not related to vision or hearing, but rather from the basic neurological functioning of the brain. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary problems may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Can those with dyslexia be helped?

Yes!   Phonemic and Phonological awareness is skill and knowledge based.   Although we all have different strengths and weaknesses, we can use a variety of different detaching styles to ensure both knowledge and skill base are taught effectively. The Apps Learning Centre uses a direct, language based intervention with best practice evidence based synthetic phonic programes. Alpha to Omega and Sounds Write. Our focus is to strengthen the underlying causes of learning difficulties at a basic level and ‘upskill’ students to be able to maintain appropriate literacy skills in the classroom. This may include working memory, auditory processing, or inattentiveness. Our therapy is individualized using multi-sensory teaching methods. It is fun, engaging and successful in the management and progress of dyslexia or literacy difficulties.

Dyslexia Screening

There is no single test for dyslexia. To reach a full diagnosis, a psychologist analyses the results of an IQ battery, achievement tests and questionnaires to determine the reason for a child’s learning difficulty. Diagnosing dyslexia can be difficult as individuals present inconsistent and contradictory profiles.

The Apps Learning Centre can offer a cost effective alternative.   We offer a Dyslexia Screener that indicates difficulties in phonological processing, auditory memory, visual verbal memory, decoding and working memory. These are all critical cognitive functions of reading and spelling and indicators of dyslexia.

The Apps Learning Centre also offers a full diagnostic Literacy Assessment that ascertains the exact difficulties in phonological awareness, decoding skills, segmenting skills, fine motor skills and sound awareness. This can be used to work collaboratively within school and tutoring settings.

For further information please do not hesitate to call

Mary-Anne Apps