About Shaina Rudolph

Shaina Rudolph is an author and educator in the Los Angeles area. She has worked alongside students with unique learning needs for the last 10 years. Shaina also coauthored All My Stripes: A Story For Children With Autism. Visit her on Instagram.

Brilliant Bea and Dyslexia

“A child with dyslexia gains confidence in herself… Appropriately, said text is set in a readable, sans-serif type to support dyslexic readers who might encounter her story… Affirming and helpful.” says Kirkus Reviews about Brilliant Bea by Shaina Rudolph and Mary Vukadinovich. This adapted excerpt from the Reader’s Note by Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, explores dyslexia, its diagnosis, and treatment. Brilliant Bea provides readers with an insightful glimpse into the emotional journey and experiences of a young, creative, and yes, brilliant young reader named Bea, with dyslexia. Bea helps the reader understand the typical challenges experienced at school...She describes reading as a mix of slow motion and fast-forward and says that the words “jump around on the page.” What is dyslexia? Children with dyslexia have difficulty accurately and fluently reading words. A few decades of research have shown that phonological processing is the specific problem that underlies dyslexia. Phonological processing is another way of saying phonics skills--the skills involved in understanding the rules by which sounds go with letters and letter groupings...Children with dyslexia have difficulty perceiving the individual sounds in words, and therefore have trouble with the task of breaking words down to sound them out for reading or spelling. What might symptoms of dyslexia look like in young children? Children with dyslexia do not have an event in their past, like an accident, that caused dyslexia and for the most part, their early development is normal. However some children show problems pronouncing words or have speech delays in early childhood. By first or second grade they typically show problems learning to read. In fact, the problem might be evident as early as kindergarten in that they may have difficulty learning the alphabet or letter sounds. Dyslexia has a strong genetic component and tends to run in families.  How can I find out if my child has dyslexia? An evaluation for dyslexia is typically provided by a psychologist, who completes a test battery tailored to a child’s age and level of education. The evaluation needs to establish that there is a reading problem by evaluating reading decoding, phonetic processing, spelling, and comprehension skills. A comprehensive evaluation will also typically include a measure of intellectual or problem-solving abilities, measures of general language functioning, and other academic areas. It is important to note that no single test can provide a diagnosis of dyslexia. The diagnosis can only be made after a comprehensive battery of tests have been completed. It is the overall pattern that is important, which can look very different depending on the child.   What are the treatments for dyslexia? Two areas are important in treating dyslexia: remediation and accommodation.  Remediation is about helping kids get the skills they need to be competent readers. There are fortunately a number of proven reading methods for teaching children how to read, and they all have a few things in common.  They are multisensory in the approach (using many senses, such as visual cues, touch, visual skills).  They are sequential in

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Brilliant Bea and Dyslexia 2021-11-09T17:15:13-05:00