This article delves into how Asian Pacific American families navigate and cope with Dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects a person's ability to read, write, and spell. It is estimated that 15-20% of the population has some degree of Dyslexia, and it affects people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. However, research has shown that Asian Pacific American (APA) children are often underdiagnosed and underserved when it comes to Dyslexia, which can result in a lack of support and resources for these students.
APA families may not be aware of the signs of Dyslexia or may not understand why their child is struggling with reading and writing. Dyslexia is not related to intelligence or effort, and it is not a result of poor teaching or lack of effort on the part of the student. Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects the way the brain processes language, and it often runs in families.
Here are some suggestions for parents to better understand Dyslexia and support their children:
1. Know the signs of Dyslexia: Dyslexia can manifest in many ways, but some common signs include:
3. Advocate for your child: Once your child has a diagnosis of Dyslexia, it is important to advocate for them to receive appropriate accommodations and support in school. This may include extra time on tests, access to audiobooks, and specialized reading instruction.
4. Educate yourself and your family: Dyslexia is often misunderstood and stigmatized, so it is important to educate yourself and your family about the condition. This can help reduce the shame and stigma often associated with Dyslexia and help your child feel supported and understood.
5. Seek out resources and support: There are many resources available for families of children with Dyslexia, including support groups, advocacy organizations, and online resources. Seek out these resources to help you navigate the challenges of Dyslexia and to connect with other families who are going through similar experiences.
6. Consider Orton-Gillingham tutoring: Orton-Gillingham is widely recognized as the most effective approach to teaching reading, and spelling to children with Dyslexia. Our company, 3D Learning Experts provides specialized tutoring that can provide your child with the tools they need to improve their reading and spelling skills to succeed academically and reach their full potential.
Dyslexia is a common learning disability that can affect APA children just as it can affect children of any ethnicity or background. By understanding the signs of Dyslexia and seeking appropriate evaluation and support, parents can help their children overcome the challenges of Dyslexia and succeed in school and in life.
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Jess Arce is a homeschool mom of four, a tutor for children & adults who struggle with Dyslexia & Dysgraphia and an all around entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping others understand dyslexia.