## Forum Hidden Dyslexia for TA/LAs

### Factors that may mask dyslexia in the classroom. by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:06 AM

Factors that may mask dyslexia in the classroom. by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:06 AM

Do you think that when teachers/parents insist that children spend extra time trying to improve skills like handwriting – which may be impossible because of the impact of dyslexia – that they will be ‘put off’ all learning and never achieve at the level of their ability?
Re: Factors that may mask dyslexia in the classroom. by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:06 AM

 Re: Factors that may mask dyslexia in the classroom. by tracy Lenthall - Thursday, 7 July 2011, 03:01 PM Each child is an individual and as such need to have their own needs and stratagies recognised. Therefore what works with or for one child will not necessarily be effective for another. I believe for many children the insistance that they spend large amounts of time trying to improve skills which due to the impact of the dyslexia it may be near impossible to improve, would be damaging to their self esteem and likely to put them off the whole learning expereince and subsequently prevent them from fullfilling their potentional. However I feel it would be wrong to assume that, that would be the case for every single child. It's vital to know the individual you are working with and use the correct stratagies for them.
 Re: Factors that may mask dyslexia in the classroom. by Eilidh MacDonald - Wednesday, 20 June 2012, 11:31 AM Handwriting is important in the overall course of learning but it does not need to become a chore especially to someone who struggles with writing. If it becomes a burden for a child with dyslexia then it may in turn have a domino effect on other areas of learning where writing is required. In this age, with the use of computers and laptops etc a child who has dyslexia should be maybe encouraged to use this technology. This in turn can help lessen one of the problems which dyslexia can cause.
Re: Factors that may mask dyslexia in the classroom. by Moira Thomson - Thursday, 7 April 2011, 07:06 AM

 Re: Factors that may mask dyslexia in the classroom. by Clare Sargent - Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 08:25 PMI definitely think the child will be put off. It would be impossible not to be . You wouldnt force a person with a visual impairment to walk across a busy road just because all the sighted pedestrians are doing it. And then tell them they will figure it out if they just keep practicing. Most important to this forum is that the dyslexia must be identified for the child to achieve to the best of their ability.