Some attitudes toward dyslexia and other reading challenges have not changed. Even today, the real problem of dyslexia is often been lost in the jargon, because so many synonyms are used to describe reading challenges. It is often common to blame reading problems on laziness or ADD (which can be addressed with drugs). At Windy Row, we have met children who have spent years unable to read while they were "treated for" behavioral, psychological and developmental issues--trapped in programs that addressed the symptoms and not the cause.
However, there have been profound changes in attitudes toward dyslexia. Parents and teachers are much more aware that at least 10% (and as many as 20%) of all children have a reading challenge. But more importantly, they are becoming aware that these children are some of the brighest and most creative. Children with dyslexia struggle to make the connections required for reading, but they make other connections that the rest of us miss.
Consider this statistic: 33% of successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic. Many actors, researchers and artists have overcome huge reading challenges to become leaders in their professions. Dyslexia does not need to be a barrier to success in life.
Another change is the recognition that reading challenges can be caught very early--even before kindergarten--and that one-on-one specialized tutoring can turn reading-is-a-struggle into reading-is-a-joy.
New insights into dyslexia (and dyscalculia, the math equivalent) are being made that advance both identification and the methods used to teach children to read.
info [at] windyrow.org (Windy Row Learning Center )in West Peterborough, NH, is proud to contribute to the changing attitude toward reading challenges with our articles, blogs, website, tweets and other outreach programs. Please let us know how we can help your struggle to change attitudes.