This episode features Dr. Sheila Clonan discussing her work with identifying learning disabilities (particularly dyslexia) in children. Dr. Clonan also explores the mental and emotional effects of learning to read with dyslexia and how it impacts behavior and self-concept, providing two insightful analogies that illustrate what it feels like for students who aren’t given explicit instruction but are still expected to know how to read. She then ends the episode with practical advice for educators and parents on how to support and encourage children.
“Find your child's interests or your student's interests and strengths and pursue those and give them opportunities to let those feed their soul.”
“I don’t think there’s anyone who goes into teaching, not caring about children and not wanting what’s best for children.”
Dyslexia by Sally E. Shaywitz