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ERIC Number: ED162269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Propos de la Dyslexie (A Few Observations on Dyslexia).
Stoll, Francois
Dyslexia, a difficult to define phenomenon, is manifested by the otherwise normal child who has an IQ above 90 and a reading subscore below the fifteenth percentile. Five observations about this phenomenon are: (1) The concept of dyslexia is often confused with "slowness" in learning to read. A child who is bright enough to guess instead of read could be wrongly diagnosed as dyslexic instead of "illiterate." (2) It would be rash to use a definition deficiency as an excuse to abandon a practical diagnostic tool. (3) No child should be labeled as dyslexic until all possibilities of nonreading phenomena have been eliminated. For instance, the transition from a special education class to a regular classroom may itself cause the non-reading phenomenon in a child. (4) Preconceptions of the mainstreamed staff may cause teachers to diagnose dyslexia instead of changing their teaching methods and styles for a child who is experiencing normal reading problems and confusions. (5) Teachers should stick to recognized teaching methods that offer a wide variety of alternatives and leave the diagnosis of dyslexia to specialists. An effective teaching method is to change lesson plans from "the teacher will" to "the student will" which makes the teacher more aware of the learning styles of a wide variety of children. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: French
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Premiere Conference sur la Lecture (Beaumont sur-Oise, France, April 13-15, 1977)