Dyslexia originates in the left hemisphere of the brain (the language-side) and interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. It may differ in the degree of severity, but is manifested in receptive (comprehension) and expressive (speaking, reading or writing) language. http://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/Definition_Fact_Sheet_3-10-08.pdf
Dyslexia is more than just letter reversals. Its characteristics vary in different people and affect a child’s academics, often to the point of failure. Characteristics appear differently at different stages of academic development.
Multi-sensory learning requires the student to engage the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile (motor) regions of the brain’s left hemisphere to enhance the processing of both print (visual) and spoken (auditory) language. The left hemisphere of the brain is where language memory is stored and retrieved. Language processing breaks down because these regions do not communicate efficiently. A multi-sensory lesson stimulates these regions of the left hemisphere simultaneously, thus enhancing the application and comprehension of written and spoken language.
When the student begins to struggle academically in a regular setting, parents may choose to move them to a private school, hoping that the smaller classroom size will have a noticeable effect. Often, this does not alleviate their academic difficulties. Students with dyslexia and other learning differences require instruction to accommodate their learning strengths. When students participate in Longleaf Academy’s exclusive Collaborative Resource Programs, they are entitled to the best of both worlds: intensive remedial instruction grounded in evidence-based research and a small, private school that differentiates to ensure student success.
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