In March, our community will gather together to help support kids with dyslexia, a specific type of reading disability. Let’s learn more about dyslexia together.
Reading is a complex interplay between seeing letters, putting sounds to letters, and putting those sounds in the right order to decode written words and sentences. People with dyslexia have trouble matching the letters they see with the sounds they make and organizing them into words. This can make reading and writing very difficult and make it challenging for a student to succeed in the structure of a typical classroom. Children with dyslexia are often quite bright and talented in fields in which reading written language is not required: spatial perception, mathematics, etc. Dyslexia is not due to lack of intelligence or desire to learn and with appropriate teaching methods students with dyslexia can be incredibly successful.
International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as follows:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonologic component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
In more scientific terms, dyslexia is a language based learning disability in which affected people (not just children) have difficulties in specific language skills, in particular reading, spelling, writing. Phonological awareness is a particular area of struggle for many people living with dyslexia. Phonological awareness refers to the specific ability to focus on and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. Phonemes are the smallest units comprising spoken language that when put together form syllables and more complex words. Phonological awareness is a critical component to reading.
One in seven members of our community struggles with a form of dyslexia. I urge you to learn more about this and to get involved. On Saturday March 3rd, Pediatric Associates of Auburn will be joining several local agencies for the annual Dyslexia Dash. This year’s theme is “Donut give up!” Imagine the tasty treats associated with this event! The event will start at All For Children Auburn Language and Learning Center in Ogletree Village and will consist of a 1 mile fun run as well as a 5K. The 1 mile run beginning at 8 am is a great opportunity for the anyone to get out and get active! The 5k will begin at 8:30 am. There will be prizes for each age group and for the overall winners. There will also be themed treats and fun activities for everyone! Proceeds from the run will be put towards a new technology bank full of games, books and other resources that children with dyslexia will be able to utilize to help strengthen their language skills. The proceeds will also go towards a Dyslexia 101 seminar for families struggling with dyslexia in our community.
We look forward to seeing a large turnout from the Auburn and Opelika communities and hope to make this event the biggest it’s been yet. We hope to see you on March 3rd!