Rationale for rebranding Dyslexia
Despite the fact that dyslexia has been recognised as a learning difference from the late 1800’s there are still millions of kids world-wide whose lives have been adversely affected.
There are literally thousands of studies which have seemingly conflicting theories explaining the origins of dyslexia and the possible remediation strategies.
However, the wordsmart team have, along with partnerships with Lexplore https://www.lexplore.com/and Literacy for boys/kids https://www.literacyforkids.com.au/ have evolved and come up with the idea of rebranding dyslexia.
Rebranding dyslexia (which means difficulty with words) is based on setting up an expectation that all students despite their neuro-diversity become Prolexic (proficient with words) Setting up the expectation which the name changes Prolexia implies. The logo depicts our vision to become world leaders in transforming the lives of millions of students world-wide.
Our vision is for Wordsmart to promote Prolexia and become a global phenomenon empowering all neuro-diverse students to read and write and English fluently.
How will this happen?
The experience we have had to date which gives us proof of concept is based on several iterations. Our experience backed by research is to start with students aged 4-7 . This is because they are in a brain wave frequency known as theta which is a highly susceptible state similar to hypnosis. This is because our brains haven’t evolved much since caveman days where life expectancy is believed to have been about 25 years. Hence the need to learn fast at an early age the children needed to know where to find lunch or become lunch from a predator.Our brains are built for survival.
There is nothing about reading that our brains are built for so it makes sense to use ways of teaching reading that mimic the way our brains are naturally wired using storytelling.
Prof. Adele Diamond , widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Neuroscientists agrees and advocates oral storytelling as the most natural way for children to learn and have fun.
“It’s important to communicate this loud and clear the faith and expectation so that each child will succeed (find his way).”
Wordsmart advocates teaching the letter sounds using stories to explain how the letter sounds were named. The students in year one can learn to act it out the stories EG the letter name a was called Adam ant and was really scared about being trampled on and squashed like his brother so he wished he could grow as big as an apple. Walking outside he finds himself falling through a hole in an apple. After a short time he starts eating the flesh of the apple this makes his little six legs grow through the apple. He is heard saying ah ah ah and that’s the letter a letter got its sound.
Dr Christine Braid who teaches literacy at Massey University in Palmerston North New Zealand refers to dyslexia as “unconscious deafness”. The students are not aware of the sounds of the phonemes and therefore struggle to read.
By focusing on the strengths of dyslexic learners we find that all readers learn faster and reach a level of fluency which gives them a higher level of comprehension. The optimum state known as automaticity provides the reader with the ability to read more fluently.
It’s the teachers and parents’ job to help the students find reading materials related to their interests and passions.
We have developed a process which assists the students to discover their passions and interests and then buddy with a more advanced reader to extend their range of texts and improve their confidence and the all important mindset .
Wordsmart has partnered with Lexplore which is arguably the world’s most advanced reading assessment programme giving teachers and parents a comprehensive assessment in 4-5 minutes. Developed at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden a Medical University responsible for awarding the Nobel peace Prize in the first week of October each year, Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace are announced, as Alfred Nobel stated in his will.
The students read a passage at their reading level and their eye movements are measured in milliseconds and with the power of AI they are given a reading age, a percentile rank and all the words they have fixated are highlighted as shown above. It’s easily the most accurate ( 97%)and sophisticated assessment tool available in the world.