Dyslexia, its effects on learning and mental health, and the strategies to mitigate those effects

Cheryl Wright

BA (Hons) Children and Young People
Newcastle College

ABSTRACT

This study is an investigation into dyslexia and its effects on learning and mental health in children. It investigates the importance of teacher knowledge, the teaching strategies and interventions required for creating an inclusive classroom environment. This is done through a systematic review of the literature available surrounding dyslexia, looking into books and articles covering the subject, supported with a comprehensive insight into the theory of the disability and the change in perceptions of the condition over time. Insight into the impact dyslexia has on a child’s learning and mental health is examined, including the interventions and resources teachers inaugurate to support children with dyslexia.

Government policy and local legislation both reflect the negative impact dyslexia has on a child’s education but do not mandate specialist training in either teaching children with dyslexia or recognising the signs of dyslexia, despite common understanding of the necessity of early diagnosis. This raises the questions of how schools can ensure their staff are knowledgeable on dyslexia and how those teachers can support dyslexic learners.

KEYWORDS: Dyslexia, Learning, Support, Intervention, Teacher, Children.

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Article Data:

  • Author: Cheryl Wright
  • Title: Dyslexia, its effects on learning and mental health, and the strategies to mitigate those effects
  • Issue: Seven Bridges Vol. 6 (2018)
  • Publication date: 05/07/18