The Importance Of Interventions On Dyslexia

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It is important that social workers consider their own beliefs about dyslexia as they work with so-called “dyslexic” clients, and it would behoove researchers to do so as well. We make commitments to our clients, and we need to honor those commitments with respect for their individuality. Interventions can only be effective if we have a sound basis of knowledge on which to formulate our intervention strategies for those unique clients. In this way, we can assist them in finding learning techniques that foster both literacy and self-esteem in their lives. Otherwise, we are simply holding on to an outdated “us” against “them” education paradigm, where there exists a “gold standard” that discriminately isolates some and rewards others. If the academic community wishes to evolve, this standard has no longer has a place in …show more content…
In the late 19th century medical science believed “word blindness” (the ophthalmology term predating “dyslexia”) was caused by aphasia.
Exceptional Students: As defined by Kirk & Gallagher (1989), “exceptional students” are those who “(differ) from the average or normal (children) in mental characteristics, sensory abilities, communication abilities, social behavior, or physical characteristics.” (p.5) This paper will use this term interchangeably with “dyslexics,” depending on the context.
Individualized Education Program (IEP): An education program, designed and modified for a special-needs child, that deviates from the standard classroom model. IEPs are created by a team of the child’s individual advocates (usually parents/guardians, teachers, and social workers) and are formed to accommodate their unique learning style. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (1975), children diagnosed as “disabled” are entitled to an IEP.
Phonology: (noun), the branch of linguistics focused on the study of sounds as they relate to spoken or written

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