Turnbridge Centre for Dyslexia

Turnbridge Centre for Dyslexia

May 03, 2005 16:28 ET

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION "READ TO SUCCEED" WEEK NEGLECTS NON-READERS

Dyslexia student's needs misunderstood by educators and parents. Schools must provide assessment, therapy and accommodations. Attention: Education Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA/ON--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2005) - With the week of May 2 - 6 emphasized by the Ontario Ministry of Education as Education Week -"Read to Succeed", most parents and educators are unaware that 1 in 5 students in a classroom do not have the reading or phonological skills that come automatically in other children. These children have to be taught these skills explicitly. The reason? Dyslexia (specific reading dysfunction)

Many perceive dyslexia as rare and affecting only a few. In fact, research indicates that for 23% of the population, learning to read is a formidable challenge due to symptoms of dyslexia.

"Though the government continues to address the issue of literacy," says Bryan Lee, Director of the Turnbridge Centre for Dyslexia, "they too are largely unaware of the prevalence of dyslexia and its effects on learning."

"We believe that children need to be taught on an individual basis, in a way that addresses their individual needs and learning style," says Lee. "Trying to mold a child to a specific learning method usually backfires, but changing the way a child is taught brings success and satisfaction to both teacher and student."

Mr. Lee believes that our educational environment still predominately operates in the box of its late 1800's origin. "Normal" means being able to learn the same things that other kids of the same age learn, in the same way, at the same time, at the same rate. Scientific research today shows that people learn differently. Students with dyslexia even more so.

A person with dyslexia may have difficulty with reading, spelling, processing what they hear or read, in writing, sequencing and remembering. However, perhaps David Bois, trial attorney best known as the man who beat Microsoft, says it best as a person with dyslexia, "Being dyslexic is not an intelligence disability; it doesn't mean you can't think."

For more information about dyslexia you can visit http://www.turnbridgecentre.com

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Contact Information

  • Bryan Lee, Director, Turnbridge Centre for Dyslexia
    Primary Phone: 613-225-2974
    Secondary Phone: 613-558-8606
    E-mail: blee001@sympatico.ca