”…with few exceptions, most students crave candid conversations about their academic strengths and weaknesses. These conversations help students understand how they learn as well as devise thoughtful strategies to overcome their challenges. An honest dialogue also helps students develop the language and vocabulary necessary to advocate for themselves in school.” – Kyle Redford
Teacher Kyle Redford shares what most professionals agree upon – that students should be involved in understanding their strengths and weakness and their dyslexia.
By the time most children are 7 years old, they are developmentally aware of differences between their classroom performance compared to peers. For some socially perceptive children, awareness comes earlier.
Whispers and worried faces even with the best of intentions can trigger feelings of shame and sadness. On the other hand, a open discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and preferred styles of learning can be liberating. When a parent shares their dyslexia with a child, children embrace their differences even more. When we spoke to one young girl about dyslexia, she beamed and proudly exclaimed, “My dad and I are dyslexia buddies!”
The good news about dyslexia is that it’s a learning difference with an upside, not just something with challenges.