We recently read an article posted by ReporterNews.com about understanding and actually getting a sense of what it is like to be dyslexic. To support Dyslexia Awareness Month, a simulation type experience was put together for about 40 people at Hardin-Simmons University. The event was designed by the Center of Literacy & Learning and all of the participants had agreed to be involved and were clear about what to expect.
The article explains the experience as:
“Worse-case scenario as the participants took part in dyslexia simulations, complete with “teachers” treating them harshly for their learning disorders. The six stations included one that had something written in a “language” that couldn’t be understood, two others that were auditory, another where the participants watched themselves write in the mirror, one with written passages that had letters that were backward and another with unrecognizable letters.”
The experience was able to answer many questions and provide additional information that the participants may have never realized about dyslexia. When most people think of dyslexia, they think of reversing letters while reading, but what they don’t realize is that the symptoms range and there is more to the disorder than just jumbled letters.
Other dilemmas that people with dyslexia face include spelling problems, inaccurate reading, and of course issues with chronological processing. As a language-based problem, the article highlights that dyslexia is not a visual problem and that it is in fact hereditary.
Overall, the article explained that the reasoning behind the learning experience was to promote dyslexia awareness because of the current lack in education about the learning disability. Most children who suffer with dyslexia are not given the proper tools and education to overcome the learning obstacles, which causes high amounts of frustration for them as well as teachers and parents. By creating more awareness programs and/or opportunities for children to manage their dyslexia and overcome the learning obstacles, it would eliminate major misconceptions and allow for the proper education that everyone deserves.
For more information, please read the complete article by ReporterNews.com.