Dyslexia in Australia
Dyslexia In Australia:
Dyslexia is estimated to affect some 10% of the Australian population.In Australia the term SLD (Specific/Significant Learning Difficulty/Disabilty) or LD (Learning Difficulty) are used interchangeably and as an umbrella term for a variety of difficulties which may or may not be dyslexia.
Understanding Dyslexia:Dyslexia is best understood as a persistent difficulty with reading and spelling.
Early Identification & Early Intervention:
Children identified "at risk" should receive a structured literacy approach. Preventing the difficulties is the key so it is paramount that early grade teachers know how to teach the critical components of reading and spelling. Including the pre cursor skills (oral language skills).
Learning Differently: " Really a child with 'dyslexia' needs the same instruction that benefits all children"
Educators can be trained in effective teaching practices which will not only help the student with dyslexia learn but all students can benefit by direct, explicit and systematic, structured literacy instruction. An understanding of the development and acquisition of reading and spelling is required and many teachers would benefit from specialised language and literacy training.
Improved Teacher Training in Reading & Spelling Instruction:
"The field of ‘learning difficulties’ still remains as a field of unclear definitions, disparate classification and some confusion in relation to which students are being discussed under the umbrella term and what equitable provision might entail for this group of students." Reference 3
Dyslexia and the Law in Australia: