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Can you tell us what dyslexia is?
Dyslexia is an inability to read
words that are easier for the
general public to read, which
can be unexpected. It seems odd,
because everything is fine with the
student -- you can speak, you can
listen, you can talk about things
very well. However, spelling is
often off, reading is definitely slow
(there would be lots of issues and
mistakes with reading), and writing
is often laborious and painful.
Dyslexia is often genetic in nature;
there is often a genetic connection
or tendency towards it.
How is dyslexia diagnosed?
How it should be diagnosed is
by knowledgeable professionals
within schools. But, currently,
the diagnosis is widely varied.
In Australia, it is either not at
all diagnosed, or diagnosed
erroneously. We have trouble
making sure students get the right
diagnosis because, if you don't
know about it, you don't know
how to diagnose it.
What are the issues commonly
faced by children with dyslexia?
Dyslexic children can have good
thinking and good vocabulary.
They can understand everything
that is happening, but they can't
get their ideas down onto paper.
They might not be able to read
fluently and well enough, and at an
What about parent and teachers:
what issues do they face?
Children will often act out, because
they are thinking really high-level,
and they know they should be able
to do something, but they can't.
They might pretend they are sick,
or they might be the class clown.
They might be shy and withdrawn.
How common is dyslexia?
It is dangerous to quote a
percentage. I will say this: dyslexia
is more common than asthma,
which affects 8 per cent of the
population worldwide. If you
think about it, a doctor knows
about asthma -- and, if you went
to a doctor that didn't know about
asthma, you would be really
disappointed. But lots of teachers
don't know about dyslexia.
What is the importance of
dyslexic-specific training in
There are best practices for all
children, and some children, when
exposed to best practice, will
respond well. However, if you
don't have the right instruction,
there are children -- like dyslexic
children -- that not only don't
respond well, but are handicapped
for life because of this. I call that
"dysteachia": the inability to teach
appropriately, based on what
a student needs. If you have a
teacher without that expertise, the
students can stop in their reading
and writing progression. You
need that expertise to unlock the
potential -- all dyslexics can learn
to read and write at high levels.
Finally, how does teaching
children with dyslexia compare
to teaching children without
Dyslexic students often have a
difficulty in what we call a speech
sound system. It is the foundation
for all reading and writing. Going
from speech sound system to a
speech print system is where we
learn to read and write. Dyslexic
children can have differences or
weaknesses in that area, so you
would have to be very purposeful
and careful about teaching the
foundational sound system for
dyslexics. You would spend more
time, go a bit more deeply and
reinforce it a bit more. By using a
multi-sensory approach, we teach
the feel and look of sound -- not
just the sound itself -- and then map
that out, with very explicit and
Dyslexia: All you need to know
Dyslexia SA Northern Adelaide and Barossa Branch chairwoman Janice McPhail and US
dyslexia expert Dr Carol Tolman at last fortnight’s Language Essentials for Teachers of
Reading and Spelling (LETRS) forum at Immanuel Lutheran School.
GAWLER PLAYED HOST TO AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA FORUM EARLIER THIS MONTH,
WITH LOCAL AND INTERSTATE TEACHERS DESCENDING ON IMMANUEL LUTHERAN
SCHOOL TO HEAR FROM WORLD RENOWNED US DYSLEXIA EXPERT DR CAROL TOLMAN
ABOUT CUTTING EDGE EDUCATION TECHNIQUES. THE BUNYIP'S EMMA KENT SAT DOWN
WITH Dr TOLMAN AND DYSLEXIA SA NORTHERN ADELAIDE AND BAROSSA BRANCH
CHAIRWOMAN JANICE McPHAIL TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DYSLEXIA.
FIRST-YEAR university students
degrees have been invited to
apply for a $5000 scholarship.
The Horizon Scholarship, an
initiative of the Rural Industries
Research & Development
Corporation (RIRDC) in
partnership with industries
sponsors, provides $5000 per year
for the duration of a student's
The scholarship also offers
students annual industry work
placements, access to industry
leaders, professional development
assistance, and opportunities to
network and gain knowledge at a
range of industry events.
RIRDC managing director John
Harvey said the scholarship
provides real and practical benefits
for the students involved and, as a
result, will differentiate them from
"The scholarship attracts students
who are collaborative, dynamic,
passionate and want to be future
leaders of Australia's agricultural
industries -- it is a special group of
young people and we look forward
to welcoming more of them into
the scholarship in 2017," Mr
Scholarship recipients will be
selected on the basis of their
commitment to a career in
agriculture, as well as their
leadership potential and high
school academic record.
Applications close Friday,
February 24 and short-listed
applicants must be available for a
telephone interview in March.
Agriculture scholarship opportunity
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