Is there a cure for dyslexia?
No. We don’t have a disease or illness (mental or physical). Dyslexics can correct their reading problem when given the correct reading method.
Are there different types of dyslexia?
There seems to be a lot of confusion around this. Everyone experiences dyslexia differently and we all have different weaknesses and strengths. The attached article explains the types or labels 'dysphonetic'( dysphonesia)and 'dyseidetic' (dyseidesia). Click here
Letter Position Dyslexia - Letter order confusion is a common symptom of dyslexia (see article). Dyslexia Australia provides a quick and easy solution to this symptom.
Research indicates phonics/synthetic phonics is the best way to start off learning to read. However, there is no research to support this is the best way for a dyslexic to learn to read. We have not found any particular method meets the Institute of Education Sciences criteria as evidence based (link).
How long should phonics be taught
There are many good phonics programs currently available for young children. Current research indicates ..."if phonics instruction begins early...it should be completed by the end of year one..."(read more). This is supported by new research out of New Zealand which found..."sounding out words is not necessary past the initial stages of reading... read more 2012 and 2013.
Should teachers be trained better in phonics or synthetic phonics?
Teachers are the first line of fire. Here is something to consider:
In the USA, billions was spent on a federal literacy policy which included phonemic awareness instruction, phonics instruction, fluency instruction, vocabulary instruction, text comprehension instruction, independent reading, computer assisted instruction and teacher professional development.
A follow up study on this policy, published in 2012 by The Centre on Education Policy, found an increase of 9 percentage points in school literacy failure.Research
In 2009, the UK government invested 9 million pounds to run synthetic phonics programmes in schools for the early years (see article). In 2012, the National Literacy Trust in the UK states "Four out of 10 pupils fail phonics tests". See link
Professor Bob Burden, former BDA trustee, argues that dyslexics may be more in need of therapy or counselling than specific teaching interventions. … It may even be that the person with dyslexia is suffering from a surfeit (excess) of phonics...article link
The English Teachers Association of NSW states...phonics advocates claim that the only really "scientific" evidence for reading is on their side. This continuing claim is simply intellectual dishonesty. In fact, it is not at all uncommon that the studies cited to support the efficacy of phonics instruction are studies which simply prove that students become better at the phonics tasks which they are set , ie better at sounding out drilled letters and words rather than better at understanding reading. See this link for full statement.
Research - ...children who have signifcant learning difficulties in literacy did not achieve...see link for more details
What is a Dyslexia Friendly School?
There currently is no Australian Government funding available for the establishment of a National Accreditation program for dyslexia friendly schools...see more
See this video of dyslexic friendly classroom: Championing Dyslexia
Do you use phonics or linguistic based tutoring?
No. If phonics worked for everyone then 52% of our children leaving school would not have literacy problems.
Phonics works well for people that think in sound. A dyslexic does not think in sound. One-third of children are visual learners, one-third are auditory (sound) and one-third are both visual and auditory. Dyslexics are visual learners.
Should you prefer to continue with a phonics based approach a list of suppliers can be found on thislink.
What is the difference between a multisensory non-phonics approach and a multi sensory language or linguistic approach?
A multi sensory non-phonics approach uses a experiential, visual, auditory encoding and kinesthetic approach without phonics.
A multi sensory language or linguistic approach is another way of presenting aphonics (phonemics/synthetic/sounding out) approach using auditory, visual and kinesthetic senses. We have not found research or evidence, supporting any specific approach for dyslexics. Clear here
Is there a quick fix?
Are you a tutoring services?
No, we are Educational Therapists. For more information click on this link.
What is evidence based teaching?
Evidence based teaching is based on studies on phonics (synthetic/analytical) or explicit teaching. Some studies show this type of instruction meets the needs of nearly 75% of children. There is no studies or research to show phonics meets all childrens learning style.
Is this a resilience program?
Self-awareness, understanding and taking control are critical factors in achieving success. Within days our clients experience all three of these key components. Their self-esteem will regenerate as they experience success with learning for the first time. They gain skills to succeed rather than coping str
What does Evidence based teaching mean?
Currently, research shows phonics (synthetic/analytical) is the favoured method to teach 75% of children. There is no research or evidence which shows it meets all children.
Will coloured lenses help?
Dyslexia Australia will successfully correct perceptual distortions of words or symbols (known as Perceptual dyslexia) without the use of glasses or coloured lenses.
Coloured lenses are for a condition known as Irlen or Meares-Irlen Syndrome (aka scoptic sensitivity syndrome) NOT for dyslexia. The Irlen Syndrome is a condition characterised by visual distress. Some of the problems associated with this syndrome are sensitivity to light or colour, poor depth perception, lack of facial recognition and visual distortions. For help for Irlen/scotopic sensitivity in Brisbane contact: Dr Mark Woolf 07 3344-5866
Is there a one size fits all program?
Will a professional diagnosis provide help from school?
QLD Department of Education and the Federal Government do not have dedicated funding for a student with dyslexia. However, should you feel that an assessment is your next step then:
Dyslexia Australia is pleased to announce our additional service - Dyslexia Screening Test. Please contact us to make an appointment with our Education Consultant. Currently, this service is only offered in Brisbane and Toowoomba however our services will be extend when sufficient interest is expressed. Due to the demand for this service we are limiting our age group to 8 - 15 years old.
Note: Fees apply to a Dyslexia Screening Test. Pre-screening or on-line assessments are usually free however are used only as a guide or a resource to assist parents or teachers.
At Dyslexia Australia we provide the answers to "why" there is a reading/learning problem and "what" is needed and "how" to create a positive solution.
Do we need a diagnosis to work with you?
No. Our on-line assessment and initial consultation is sufficient.
Can you work with other reading problems such as Auditory Processing.
The root cause of a reading problem is dyslexia unless there are other conditions involved (brain damage caused by accidents or other conditions such as Downs Syndrome). Labels such as Auditory Processing or Language Based Disorder simply describes a symptom that particular person has.
CONTACT - click here to book an in office consultation or arrange a Dyslexia Screening Test.