Young teacher helping her student with dyslexia with his reading homework

Dyslexia and Specialized Education

Children with dyslexia have often faced unique challenges in regards to their learning. In the past, students who have dyslexia may not have had their needs recognized or addressed properly. Teachers did not receive the proper training and were not equipped to help these students. Dyslexia requires a formal diagnosis by a psychologist and/or specialist, something that may not have been available in all school districts. The stress and intimidation of not having support created adversity in the classroom and a frustrating environment for everyone involved.

Students with dyslexia may need additional time to read, write, or process information. In order to best help these students, special education teachers need to have the appropriate skills to address their learning styles. Thanks to advancements in research and updated educational standards, teachers have more tools at their disposal to educate their students.

Finding the Right Certification/Degree

There are many certifications that a teacher can obtain to aid in the teaching of students with dyslexia. For example, teachers who may want to focus on this learning disability exclusively can explore specialized degree programs. It is imperative to ensure that the degree or certification is associated with an accrediting body. There are three major organizations associated with accreditations for this specialized training: The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), and The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Educators and Practitioners. These accrediting bodies assure that whatever program is chosen, it is one that offers a complete approach that best informs educators.

Taking the time to find the right path for both students and teachers alike will help everyone move forward in the right direction. With the right training, a teacher can make a positive impact in a student’s life. Education continues to develop in order to best serve students who were previously marginalized, and these certifications are examples of the progress.