As an educator, I look on with a cautious eye as my students mix up their bs and ds and write numbers backwards. When I see a student write his name right to left in perfect mirror image, I want to run to my computer and send a HELP ME email to the campus Dyslexia Specialist. This summer I decided to learn more about dyslexia. Imagine my surprise when reading, “Reversals are irrelevant to the diagnosis of dyslexia,” in the book Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. Reading this book opened my eyes to what dyslexia really is, and how early intervention is key to creating successful, motivated and confident readers.
Eye-opening points from Dr. Shaywitz:
Dr. Shaywitz’s book Overcoming Dyslexia explains dyslexia in great detail from brain research to diagnosis to intervention strategies. This book is an excellent resource for teachers as well as parents who wonder why the pieces of the reading puzzle do not always fit as they should.
Kasie Thibodaux is an educator and aunt to two preemies. She is entering her tenth year of teaching at Fern Bluff Elementary. Thibodaux graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Applied Learning and Development and a specialization in Reading.