Welcome! (Yay… you’re joining us)
Yes, it’s very exciting to have you with us for this course. It now has heaps of brand-new videos so it’s even BIGGER and BETTER than ever before.
This course is the result of 1000+ hours of my time, and 800 hours of my friends’ time (So big thanks to Ivan, Darren, Abu, Lara, Sarah, Wes, Suzanne, and others!)… So I want you to know it’s not just packed with information… But also with our love, passion and commitment, and our unwavering belief that any parent can help their own child when equipped with effective skills and strategies.
What you need to know to get the most out of the course:
Overview of the course: Here’s what’s coming up –
I know that most of you don’t want an overview… You just want to get started… But just in case you do, there is an overview here… click on it: http://dyslexiaimprovements.com/what-you-get/
Do watch these next videos and do have a look at how your own child matches what is in these videos. Legally I need to tell you to consider the possibility that if your child experiences a significant level of dyslexia, they may benefit from an expert in your local area to make a diagnosis. If so, the information that you’re about to see will be helpful in guiding you towards the right type of expert. It will also tell you which parts of this course you need to pay the most attention to. Most parents who do this course do not feel the need to pursue local help.
ABSOLUTELY VITAL (PARENTS, DON’T SKIP THIS) Let’s be clear about what we are talking about: Visual Dyslexia (
Scotopic Sensitivity) vs Phonological Dyslexia:
This is one of the most important videos on the entire course to make it make sense. Absolutely watch this before you get started, even if you already have been given a diagnosis.
Parents, I want this course to be fairly quick, fast moving, and driven by video, not text.
However if you feel unsure about this issue of scotopic sensitivity vs phonological dyslexia, there is heaps of written info about it here: http://dyslexiaimprovements.com/how-to-check-child-dyslexia/
How to check for visual dyslexia/scotopic sensitivity
Parents, this video shows some of the ways that words can appear to a child who has scotopic sensitivity (also known as visual stress or Irlen Syndrome… And what I generally (and loosely) refer to as visual dyslexia).
For Scotopic Sensitivity/Visual Dyslexia only: Should my child get coloured glasses?
Indicators to look for to begin checking for phonological dyslexia – what to look for
It’s definitely easier to spot phonological dyslexia in an older child, because these games rely on your child already having developed some reading skills. If you have a super young child – i.e. kindergarten or Grade 1, then it’s tricky even for the experts to diagnose. Still, parents of very young children can read through these and learn what to look for in the next couple of years.
Try these activities at home with your child (If your child is old enough to do this activity). If they struggle, that can be evidence for phonological dyslexia.
Game 1: Try this at home: This is a verbal game… Do not write it down
Kids with phonological dyslexia get really stuck with words like: brick, trick & Greek… When they are told to take the ‘r’ out, what word does it say – it really taps into skills they won’t have and have compensated for through other reading skills and strategies. The issue is not the letter “r”… The issue is that your child struggles to imagine what words look like and how they work.
Game 2: Try this at home: This is an on-paper game…
Another important indicator of phonological dyslexia is that your child can read words like house, calendar, mother, but is super-slow at reading words that are made up like jarbing, catlynch, sproprol. It takes dyslexic people quite a while to sound these out, even after years of practice at reading made up words. Try these words (and also make up your own):
Jarbing, catlynch, sproprol, chompgoin, splicabling, archvilbun.
IMPORTANT: Just because your child struggles with these games does not necessarily mean they have dyslexia, and you won’t know without proper formal assessments. However, if they struggle then participate in the course as though they do have dyslexia because the activities in this course will help a child whether or not they have dyslexia.
What if it’s neither scotopic sensitivity nor phonological dyslexia?
It is quite possible that your child has neither visual dyslexia/scotopic sensitivity NOR phonological dyslexia…
It’s possible that your child is just struggling in class… Or that some other issue is happening such as a “working memory issue” or some type of “developmental delay”. If that is the case, then this course is still likely to be ideal for you. If you follow the rest of the course as though your child has visual dyslexia/scotopic sensitivity, and do the same activities (minus the bits about words moving on the page) then those are the sort of activities that are most likely to make a difference.
Misdiagnosis is everywhere! Don’t just assume phonological dyslexia
It’s much easier to help a child with visual dyslexia/scotopic sensitivity than it is to help a child with phonological dyslexia. There are many, many, many kids who are diagnosed with phonological dyslexia but who actually just have visual dyslexia/scotopic sensitivity. So check and double check!
Check your other kids for some form of dyslexia, because…
Kids seem to have a 50% chance of having dyslexia if one of their brothers or sisters has dyslexia. It absolutely clearly runs in families, and if either mum or dad have dyslexia then there is a significant chance their child will.
Setting up for the course – our closed Facebook group:
Steps by Step instructions to join the closed Facebook group:
- Login to Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/
- Open the Dyslexia Improvements group link directly by opening this URL in the browser https://www.facebook.com/groups/DyslexiaImprovements/
- Once the group page is opened you need to send a request to join the group. To send a join request, please click on the Join Group button that can be located just below the top image. Please check the screenshot below:
- Wait (usually only a few hours) for approval: Once your membership is approved you can start participating in the group. Welcome aboard!
- If your child found a colour that helped, go and buy a heap of that colour paper – some for home and some for school. Wherever possible, have your child write on that colour paper.
- If your child has not had an eyesight test with an optometrist in the last 2 years, book one in today… Even if you think it’s highly, highly unlikely they need it… Just book it in so you can rule out short-sightedness and long-sightedness.
IMPORTANT Disclaimer: It’s worthwhile to get some expert advice that is specific to your child if you are unsure about how to help your child.
This course will probably equip you more than most other parents in your suburb are equipped, but this is definitely not a professional diagnosis and for a professional diagnosis you need an expert in your local area. Just like you would not diagnose yourself with cancer – you would see a doctor – unqualified people cannot just declare their child with certainty to have some form of dyslexia. Don’t view this course as a definitive diagnosis, because it is not.