Today an article was published about 17-year-old Vincent Pero who recently learned how to read despite his dyslexia. After years of feeling like teachers were annoyed to have him as a student and feeling like he was incapable of learning, a teacher, who had dyslexia herself, worked with him and helped him learn how to read at the age of 15. It's amazing how big of an impact reading difficulties affect a student. Obviously not being able to read affects a student in terms of academics, but it also has a dramatic effect on a student's self-esteem and confidence. It can truly be traumatizing to struggle with reading.
The story didn’t give the details of how he was able to learn how to read, but, it was frustrating reading the article knowing that he didn't have to feel the way he did for as long as he did. Research has found that structured literacy reading strategies help students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties successfully learn to read. Vincent didn’t need to feel inadequate and incapable; he just needed the right kind of instruction.
Free Dyslexia Webinar:
“Dyslexia: From Symptoms to Solutions,” presented by Reading Horizons Dyslexia Specialist, Shantell Berrett.