What does the current dyslexia research tell us?
Dyslexia and how it relates to brain function are complicated topics that researchers have been studying since dyslexia was first described over a hundred years ago. Teachers and parents may wonder why an articulate, bright child has so much difficulty learning to read.
A greater understanding of the current dyslexia research and how it relates to students with dyslexia is important in education and will help teachers understand and evaluate possible instructional interventions to help their students succeed in the classroom.
This is what the dyslexia research tells us:
Explicit, intense, systematic instruction in the sound structure of language (phonemic awareness) and in how sounds relate to letters (phonics) is needed for readers with dyslexia.
Early intervention with intense explicit instruction is critical for helping students become fluent readers.
The roles of motivation and fear of failing are important when discussing reading problems.