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Dyslexia Victoria Online's video series: "What is Dyslexia"

To help people understand Dyslexia we are now offering a series of educational videos that will introduce and teach you what Dyslexia is and how to work with and accommodate it. Our videos will be based on the premise that Dyslexia is a "learning difference" for many. Dyslexia doesn't become a learning disability until about fourth grade when teaching is not appropriate. Our videos will be based on our research of many organizations around the world such as the British Dyslexia Association and the 4D Dyslexia program of New Zealand. We will also use our information gathered from years of working with Dyslexics and the incredible insights we learn from Dyslexics. 

We have parents of Dyslexic children, tutors, teachers,adult Dyslexics and other individuals interested in finding out how to help and work with those experiencing Dyslexia. Many parents are concerned about understanding their children and looking for teaching and accommodation solutions. Most are not in a financial position to put their children in special schools for Dyslexia or pay thousands of dollars for systems that tend to focus on a few areas of Dyslexic issues.

This is the position I was in back the 80's when my oldest child, Genevieve was assessed as a severe Dyslexic. Very intelligent but she probably wouldn't learn to read and write or manage numeracy well. They gave my daughter a bleak future. I learned that my other two boys also had Dyslexia including my ex-husband and myself and many family members. The problem was it was difficult to find answers and then pay for it. Also, Dyslexia was not just about reading, writing and arithmetic. It affects many areas of a child's learning abilities and communication skills. I also learned that Dyslexia starts as a learning difference for many but becomes a disability by about the fourth or fifth grade due to teachers not understanding their needs.

I spent years researching and learning about Dyslexia and issues that are often connected with it such as Dysgraphia and Irlen Syndrome. The knowledge I gained was not a secret - there are many incredible special needs teachers, teaching systems and research that successfully tackles a Dyslexic's problems. My children all graduated with good grades and honours and have gone on to be successful in their careers. I feel I owe this to the wonderful experts I was so fortunate to meet.

I now work with my husband, Howie deGraaf to help educate people about how to help deal with and overcome many Dyslexic issues.

Howie and I both were enrolled in the education faculty of the University of Victoria and this is where we first learned that a child's education can be a powerful, enriching and positive experience when the classroom environment is appropriate for different learning styles.

The gentleman that enlightened was an amazing professor, Chuck Galloway who taught Educational Psychology. His teaching approaches are what helped me start to understand how to teach my Dyslexic children.

The first book to help me on the right path was Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning (Creative Parenting/Creative Teaching Series). This is a perfect place to start for a parent of a Dyslxic child. The book was written in the 80's but is still fresh and relevant today and still considered an important source in the world of Dyslexia today.

Also we want people to understand that it doesn't have to ruin your life. Dyslexic children and adults have countless gifts and according to many authorities such as Daniel Pink who says the Dyslexics and right brain dominant thinkers of the world are our future leaders. Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the long-running New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future , and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Howard and I have been giving workshops for three years now to teachers, parents of Dyslexics, service providers, adult Dyslexics and anybody who is interested in Dyslexia Awareness. We are taking our workshops and bringing them to video.

We will shortly be starting with the first introductory video "What is Dyslexia" followed by our "14 Steps to Teaching Dyslexics how to Spell and Read". The first video will be free and then we will offer a membership fee to view future videos.

 

From there we will be covering many subjects such as: -What is Dyslexia -How Dyslexics think -How to teach Dyslexics -Dysgraphia -Arithmetic/Math teaching methods -Irlen Syndrome - Using multi-sensory teaching with Dyslexics ….and many more We will also be open to topics people are interested in that we can use for subject material in our videos. Email us and let us know if you have some ideas. If interested, please email us at: khope@dyslexiavictoria.ca

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