Early identification and treatment is the key to helping children affected by dyslexia, said Dr Jayanthini, former HOD of the Child Guidance clinic, Institute of Child Health and Hospital, Chennai.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Karur organised a conference on ‘Challenging and Changing Disability Perspectives’ to cover all aspects of research related to dyslexia, including identification, theoretical views, intervention and support for children, students and adults to create awareness among the schools in Karur.
Dyslexia is not caused by lack of either intelligence or the desire to learn, and it can be overcome with appropriate teaching methods. The exact causes of dyslexia are still not completely clear, but anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in development and functions in the brain of a dyslexic person.
Most people with dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and learning how letters represent those sounds, a key factor in their reading difficulties.
Addressing the gathering of school principals and teachers, Dr Jayanthini said, “Early identification and treatment is the key to help children affected with dyslexia to challenge the complexity and change it.”
Most people with dyslexia need help from a teacher, tutor, or therapist specially trained in using a multi-sensory, structured language approach, she said. She said that it was important for these individuals to be taught by a systematic and explicit method that involved several senses (hearing, seeing, touching) at the same time. Many individuals with dyslexia need one-on-one help so that they can move forward at their own pace, she added.
Subha Vaidyanathan, academic coordinator, Dyslexia Association, Chennai, Dr Pasupathy Sakthivel, psychiatrist consultant, Apollo Hospitals, Karur, and doctors participated in the conference. N Rajasekaram, chairman, CII Karur, welcomed the gathering and K Sankar, vice chairman, proposed the vote of thanks.