October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! This topic is very near and dear to my heart because I am one of the lucky ones who is blessed by this disability. I think dyslexia awareness is very important for all parents and teachers. I might have never been diagnosed without the help of someone else telling my parents that I had the warning signs of dyslexia when I was struggling in school. As the Co-Founder of Creative Kids Rock, a program for children with dyslexia, I think every month should be dyslexia awareness month! I also believe that everyone should know the warning signs for dyslexia. This is the only way to make sure children just like me can receive the help they need to become stronger learners in the classroom. Dyslexia's scientific definition is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. It is common in children and sometimes goes undiagnosed until someone is an adult. If a child is struggling in reading and writing and has the warning signs of a learning disability they should be tested for dyslexia. Dyslexia is also much more than just reading, it can also impact your short term memory, ability to read a clock, memorize sight words, rhyme, sound out words, learn the days of the week, learn math facts, know your left and right, learn history facts and much more. Each person with dyslexia may struggle in just a few of these or all of these and more. I am one of the lucky ones that struggles with all of this daily. Dyslexia does not mean you are not smart, this is the biggest misunderstanding of this learning disability. There are many famous people that have Dyslexia: Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Alexander Graham Bell, Cher, Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Alyssa Milano, Pablo Picasso, Rex Ryan, Charles Schwab and Bella Thorne I am very fortunate that I attend the school I do. They have truly taken a vested interest in ensuring other children with dyslexia are diagnosed and receive effective instruction. I am blessed by their education and I can now read chapter books. One of the Gifts of Dyslexia is Creativity. Having this learning disability means that you will be highly creative and artistic! I love art and find that it is a place where I get to feel happy and successful. Here is one of my latest art projects I am doing for Art Class at my school. It is from Dr. Who which is one of my favorite television shows! If you want to know more about dyslexia please visit the International Dyslexia Association website at: http://dyslexiaida.org/ I have also attached our poster with Reading Readiness tips that we use to promote dyslexia in classrooms. I am also a Spokesperson for the Wisconsin branch to the International Dyslexia Association which also supplies helpful resources. See Creative Kids Really do Rock! Hugs, Smiles and Sparkles, Madyson www.creativekidsrock.org Miss Royal Wish International

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