Think of learning problems as layered

Helen Irlen explains: “A learning or reading problem can be presented as a concept of layers. There can be one layer or several to any problem. Dealing with the problem as a whole is usually unproductive. It’s better to try to peel off the layers. SSS is just one layer for some people, just one piece of the puzzle.
The fact that SSS is one possible layer in the whole picture is very important. Parents often assume that if the child has a problem, there’s only that one problem. They feel if they could identify that one problem, and more importantly find a solution to it, then all the child’s academic or reading problems will go away. But that’s not true.” (p.129)

Ref: Helen Irlen (2005) Reading By Colors: Overcoming dyslexia and other reading difficulties through the Irlen method. Penguin: New York


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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