Dyslexia is the most common learning difference and occurs in 3-7% of the world’s population, although up to one in five people exhibit some symptoms of it. Dyslexia is a diagnosis for learners who have difficulty reading accurately and fluently, despite otherwise exhibiting typical learner behaviour. It is often diagnosed alongside other learning differences, such as ADHD and dysgraphia. Students with dyslexia struggle with reading comprehension and keeping up with the readings for homework and in class; large blocks of text appear daunting and indecipherable. Without the proper learning support, students get overwhelmed or complacent and the fundamentals of their situation are never ameliorated.
If your child presents dyslexic symptoms, the best option is to work out a way to provide personal attention in school time. Schools in Hong Kong will generally provide a teaching assistant to help students with specific needs, and extra support with reading and spelling may be available in early primary. However, if needs have been inadequately addressed then an intervention in early primary (e.g. the third year of primary school) is essential.
BartyED’s mentoring for students with dyslexia begins with an assessment to determine the student’s weaker areas. This is also an opportunity for the tutor and student to get to know each other and discuss their mindset towards education and learning. Students can’t be blamed for having an insecure mindset towards learning when they may not have received the necessary support. The role of a BartyED tutor is threefold: firstly, to diagnose the exact needs of the student; second of all, to nurture strategies that help mitigate the symptoms of dyslexia; and finally, to help the student navigate the world of education - both institutional and personal - that they find themselves in.