In addition to today’s podcast episode we wanted to share with you a little more on dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a language based learning disorder. It is biological in nature and there is no cure. Dyslexia runs in families- if both parents have some form of dyslexia the child has a 100% chance of being dyslexic too. There are different degrees of severity when it comes to dyslexia. Some children can read but can’t spell, while others have equal deficits in both areas.
The brain is partitioned into two sections, the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. When researchers look at brain images, those who have dyslexia predominantly use the right hemisphere of their brain. This is often considered the creative side of the brain. Reading takes place in the left hemisphere of the brain, which is why children with dyslexia struggle to read. When children use only the right brain, it forces memorization. The brain can only visually memorize but so many words so this strategy may allow the child to get by until the 3rd grade. Solid readers actually know how to sound out words and do not rely on visual memorization.
In today’s episode we’re talking to Susan Danker about Dyslexia. Susan is the Co-Owner of the Reading and Language Learning Center along with her business partner Carla Askew. She is a speech language pathologist in the DMV area who specializes in dyslexia. Today you will learn:
- What dyslexia is and how it affects people
- Red flags for dyslexia
- Who can diagnose and treat dyslexia
- What parents can do at home to help their child with dyslexia
Links and Resources:
- Susan’s practice
- The Reading and Language Learning Center’s Social Media
- Dyslexic Edge Conference