• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

All too often children are labeled as slow or stupid; dyslexia

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

All too often children are labeled as slow or stupid; they are put aside into special classes for the slower kids and looked down upon by the smarter kids. Teachers and parents look at them in disappointment for the great potential they once saw in their child's eyes has gone to waste. Many teens that now believe that their stupidity is a truth were once as young children, praised for their quick learning and brightness. There must be an explanation for this. The explanation for me along with many other kids is the learning disorder called dyslexia. I would like to give them a combination of the next to definitions. "A complex neurological condition, the symptoms may effect many areas of learning and function and may be described as a difficulty in reading, spelling and written language" (Reid 2), as defined by The British Dyslexia Association in 1997. This is a common definition of dyslexia. The other definition of dyslexia is " an inherited neurological difference, resulting in language, perception, processing, and attention concentration deference's" (Dyslexia Research Institute 1). Dyslexia is a serious disorder that effects an "estimated 5 percent to 15 percent of children" (UniSci 1). ...read more.

Middle

Therefore, it is very difficult for dyslexic children to learn and read with traditional teaching styles. "Education is done on the conditioning level, and dyslexics can master many things faster than the average person can comprehend them when things are presented experimentally" (Davis 103). But, when things are presented conditionally, or shown to them or read to them, it is much more difficult and many times impossible. Learning to read can be can be a devastating time in a dyslexic's life. It is when a child heads off to school for the first time that the special ability that he has developed so early and well begins to be a down fall for the child. This is also the point where most dyslexic children start to lose self-esteem that may never return. After all of the research, it is clear that children with dyslexia learn by visuals. Therefore, in order for words to be understood, they must stimulate a picture in the dyslexic's mind. Author Donald D. Davis explains, " we can think of the word elephant easily if we know what an elephant looks like, but it is impossible for nonverbal thinkers to understand words whose meanings can not be pictured"(13). ...read more.

Conclusion

As a college student, many dyslexics still struggle with dyslexia. In fact, they believe that dyslexia was easier to get around in high school than it is in college. Being dyslexic is very hard and frustrating. There are so many obstacles that dyslexics must go through. Not only do we struggle to learn, but also the self-esteem problems are a key characteristic of dyslexia. So many people are unaware of what dyslexia even is that when you tell others of your disorder, they think automatically that you are illiterate or slow. It is very difficult to keep any pride in your self when others, even yourself sometimes, doubts that you have any ability to be educated. In the end though, I believe that dyslexics will achieve so much. Dyslexics have to learn that they have to work harder than others do and though it is frustrating and tiring also, they have to never give up. Dyslexia has made many people very determined persons, I think that once dyslexics over come the challenges of dyslexia, they like Albert Einstein, will be praised for the wonderful talents that with out dyslexia, they would not have or be so good at. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Developmental Psychology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Developmental Psychology essays

  1. Task1 Counselling 1aPhysical signs and symptoms of stress

    Evaluation of learning theories Learning style is the composite of characteristic cognitive, affective and psychological factors that serve as an indicator of how an individual interacts with and responds to the learning environment. Piaget and Vygotsky focus on the qualitive changes that P27 occur in thinking overtime and through accumulating experiences.

  2. For this assignment I have decided to look at the disorder known as ADHD ...

    The undiagnosed children and their families are presumably experiencing unnecessary problems that are potentially treatable (Munden and Arcelus 1999). As nurses we are expected to utilise evidence-based practice, therefore it would make sense that as professionals we make use of research, particularly well designed, multi-centre studies on ADHD.

  1. Using studies from the list below, answer the questions which follow: Rosenhan (sane in ...

    After the interview, the father recorded an exchange with Hans where the boy said 'Daddy don't trot away from me!' Hans' became particularly frightened about horses falling over. He described to his father an incident where he witnessed this happening (later confirmed by his mother).

  2. Is Homework Beneficial to Children in Any way?

    As a consequence, we start to see that not only does homework address what children can attain and improve on academically, but we discover that it addresses the 'hidden curriculum' and assists in developing the 'whole' child. Developing well-rounded individuals by teaching them universal skills that are needed not just in school but in the world outside of education.

  1. Research Study About Accidents That Occur To Young Children.

    > Unsuitable equipment for the intended age group. > Incorrect installation. > Poor inspections and maintenance. User Causes: * Lack of supervision. * Misuse of equipment. * Unsuitable clothes. * Weather Conditions. 'Not all accidents on the playground are related to the equipment maybe as few as 40% and of these 40%, 80% result in a fall to the surface.'

  2. Levels Of Processing

    Research evidence suggests that deeper/semantic processing leads to increased recall. Tyler et al (1979) conducted an experiment using anagrams. He found that when unexpectedly tested the participants remembered more of the difficult anagrams. This suggests that the more effort put in, the more thought goes into it therefore it is

  1. I have decided to do my portfolio on Beaufort Park School, for several reasons. ...

    Parents often volunteer to help with reading and other activities within the school. Also there is a parents association group, and this group of parents bake cakes and sell them, as well as raffles in order to raise money for the school.

  2. Rationale for poetry.

    Giving children the opportunity to express and share their experiences can be rewarding for all involved. Enjoyment Children as previously stated have a wide experience of rhyme and rhythm this can be extended to an enjoyment of poetry, to appreciate how it sounds, what it says and the way it uses language for literary effect.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work