Does dyslexia actually have to do with seeing letters backwards?
Or is this old way of seeing it destroying our hope of helping the massive numbers of students who can’t read?
Reading research experts assert three main ideas:
1) Reading is an unnatural skill that must be learned – there’s nothing innate about it.
2) Reading skill requires awareness of one particular thing that most people will never learn about.
3) The way most students are taught reading is wrong. This is not only bad news for them because they will likely never really have strong reading ability but it also damages their mindset into thinking that they are unintelligent or incapable of learning.
Our ability to hear and distinguish sounds became extremely important throughout our evolutionary history. While there are plenty of more obvious reasons why hearing is so vital, there are some others that may not be quite as evident.
As we’ll discuss today, reading challenges have a strong connection with sound awareness. In fact, the biggest predictor of a person’s reading ability is their ability to distinguish between phonemes and individual sounds. People who struggle with learning reading may need to be taught in a different way and may need help with strengthening their middle ear muscles and ‘vagal tone’.
– Importance of sound and the evolution of our hearing system.
– Just noticeable differences.
– How sounds travel and how the ear works to extract them.
– Problems caused when our middle ear muscles aren’t able to tense properly.
– Connection between reading ability and the ability to distinguish between phonemes and individual sounds.
– The leading cause of reading problems.
– How to teach reading for sound awareness, and why this approach would be used.