Dyslexia Reading – Three Parts To a Word
Every letter, every number, every word, every symbol has three parts:
1 what it looks like
2 what it sounds like
3 what it means
Let’s have a look at what dyslexia reading means.
This is a letter z. It looks like three lines – two horizontal and one diagonal joining the horizontals together. The letter z has a name – zed. The letter z means our mouth should make the sound zzzz.
Let’s look at dyslexia reading with a number. This is the numeral for 4, it looks like three lines; one vertical, one horizontal and one diagonal joining them together. The numeral 4 sounds like, ‘four’ and it means the number more than three but less than five.
How about the symbol $.It looks like an s with a vertical line through the middle of it. It sounds like ‘dollar’ and it means a value of money.
Are you getting the hang of this?
Now let’s look at a group of symbols put together to make a word, like ‘dog’. The word looks like a d-o-g, it sounds like ‘dog’ when my mouth says the sounds, and it means a four legged animal with a waggly tail.
What about when they come across a word like ‘the’ or ‘put’ or ‘was’?
Those words are tricky to sound out – is ‘th’ a ‘thuh’ or a thee? Is the E an ‘eee’ or a ‘eh’? If it’s at the start of the sentence, is the capital T the same thing as the lower case t? It looks different, so why does it have the same sound?
I’ve worked with adults who throughout their schooling, thought the name of the letter (T) only related to the capital letters, and the sound related to the lower case letters (teh)
So with all this uncertainty, there will be a mistake, then frustration at getting it wrong, then the emotion then the failure. When this continues time after time, no wonder the child develops behaviors to cope and survive in the classroom.
If your child has had special education at school or had a remedial tutor and continues to struggle, there is help and hope. Don’t wait for your child to struggle for another year.