Dyslexia Unlearned was founded on the premise that dyslexia is a learned response, that can therefore be unlearned.
All minds have a job – to learn, to become, and to contribute. But there is a segment of our population to whom learning to read is labored and simple math is not logical. Their growth is blocked and they feel trapped. They cry for help, but few hear or understand them. These people think with mental pictures, not words.
We are here to open learning’s door – to teach them another way so they too can learn, become, and contribute their gifts to the world.
We are dedicated to helping people who experience difficulties with reading or math due to dyslexia. We recognize and know how to overcome the symptoms and barriers to learning to read, write, understand math and spatial concepts.
To varying degrees, our brains think in a combination of words and pictures. It is commonly accepted that the vast majority of people are primarily word thinkers. This is often reflected in the teaching methods used in most main stream educational systems. These teaching methods catering to word-thinkers can be very frustrating for people who think primarily in pictures.
We teach our clients tools that allow them to learn effectively in virtually any educational system.
Why Dyslexics Struggle:
Many factors come into play but a very common one is a picture thinker’s amazing ability to visualize objects from various angles.
A picture thinker can look at an object and visualize it from any direction, any angle, inside and out. When the picture thinker gets to school and sees a mark on a page, the mind expects it to be 3-dimensional. Thus b, d, p, P, and q can be the same letter.
When a child is repeatedly told he/she is wrong, the brain eventually puts up a block on that neural pathway. As more blocks form over time, dyslexia forms and reading becomes stunted and lacks fluency.
Phonics alone is seldom conducive to a picture thinker's learning style. Often these students fall behind their peers and never catch up. Time consuming and frustrating remedial programs from within and outside the school system are often ineffective if they do not address the root problem.
Picture thinkers store memory differently than word-thinkers. They need to learn how to enter, store, and retrieve information in picture form.
The above picture shows a dyslexic child’s mental picture of the alphabet. It is no wonder he had difficulty reading and writing.
After completing the dyslexia program the student possesses a much more accurate mental picture of the alphabet. Reading and fluency improve.
There are also words that do not have pictures. For example: is, the, of, for, to… (Sight Words or Dolch Word List). We address these words by making models of the definitions and words in clay. Thus, the picture thinker has a mental picture of the definition and spelling of the word.
If these tools were incorporated into a school’s existing curriculum, in most cases “dyslexia” would not develop. We believe dyslexia is a learned response and can be unlearned.
Other common labels for dyslexia include Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Processing Disorder, Visual Spatial Processing Disorder, Dyscalculia, Acalculia, Disgraphia, etc.
Using proven methods and principles, we show the picture thinker how to recognize and understand what led to their condition and correct it. The tools and techniques the students receive enable them to perform better in school and increase their awareness in the learning environment.
Once this is accomplished, the student is able to learn what mainstream students often take for granted; such as, the ability to read, write, do math and understand other concepts.
At Dyslexia Unlearned we offer individualized reading and math programs for dyslexics of all ages.
We also offer workshops for teachers, parents and other interested parties. You will learn how to recognize dyslexia or dyslexic tendencies, how to approach the condition and how to incorporate our techniques in the classroom curriculum and at home.
Did you know...
many dyslexics learn the lower case letter 'b' by its shape without regard to its orientation? Many dyslexics think three dimensionaly. Flip the 'b' horizontally to get a 'd' and well, that's still a 'b' to the dyslexic.
Flip it vertically and a 'P' is still a 'b' in their mind. So are the numbers '6' and '9', so is 'q', so is a 'b' laying on its side.
Common Charactersitics of Dyslexia:
- Thinks in pictures, not words
- Solves problems in unusual ways
- Has a vivid & active imagination
- Spelling is often difficult
- Difficulty maintaning order
- Excels in art, music, sports, or hands-on projects
- Knows more than others think they know
- Reverses letters or numbers
- Doesn't see or acknowledge punctuation
- Difficulty with different fonts
- Omits words, skips lines or loses place while reading
- Exhibits inconsistencies between potential and performance
- Misinterprets directions
- Exhibits traits of over or under sensitive hearing