Mike's Blog

Under construction, this blog will be for discussing how to help students remove the disadvantages caused by dyslexia. Check back later.

There will be three kinds of content: 

(1) my personal struggles growing up and living with dyslexia, 

(2) educational changes that will dramatically improve outcomes for students with dyslexia, 

(3) accommodations for assistive technology, which eliminates the disadvantage caused by inadequate visual decoding and spelling.

Mike

Emotional trauma does not come from the direct effects of dyslexia

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Full disclosure: I now use reading by listening at 250 to 350+ words per minute with 100 percent accuracy and writing by speaking so I can write as fast as I can speak with all correctly spelled words.

I am working to face the demons that started in elementary school when my inability to decode words rapidly and spell words correctly seem to stop everything.

. to learn that I experienced trauma in elementary school

I have come to realize that I did not suffer emotional trauma from the direct effects of dyslexia (problems decoding, Lack of fluency, inadequate spelling). The trauma came from not being able to complete the work my classmates were doing. The trauma came from not being able to participate in class discussions because I could not read the story being discussed.

 the tasks which other people can complete. (The failure to succeed at developmental tasks, the failure to thrive academically.)

I experienced trauma from not being able to do schoolwork from age 6 until age 22 when I discovered I could use audio text books, read as fast as anyone else, and make A's in classes that required reading instead of making F’s. 

There might have been some frustration and disappointment at not being able to read like other students. However, that would have been short-lived. Like (discovery that your family is not rich or is from a minority ethnic group) (or you’re near sighted and you must wear glasses in order to see at a distance)

not having these things would have presented disappointment, som+ething to except, adjust to, and move onward and upward.) These conditions do not cause trauma. Failure of our culture to respond appropriately (acknowledge, except, and accommodate) for these conditions does cause trauma.

The trauma never came from not being able to visually decode adequately. The trauma came from not being able to participate in class discussions, not being able to take a test and show what I know because I could not visually decode the question to know what was being asked.

To this day I sometimes get frustrated and even angry when I’m having difficulty spelling a word. It’s annoying, but it does not cause trauma. The trauma never came from not being able to spell words accurately. The trauma came from not being able to express my ideas through writing, the way my classmate did. The trauma came from not being able to communicate on a test when I knew the answer. The trauma came from failing English Composition 101 three times because I kept failing the final exam, an essay test written with pencil and paper, in a blue book......

 

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Lucas's instructions for this blog page

1-28-21, Lukus and I set up this test article for my blog (Heading #4)

  generously helped me get this blog set up.(Paragraph)

The next thing I need to do is add functionality so people can comment.