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Dyslexia tackled at Kapiti College

Special needs teacher at Kapiti College Anne Hamilton, provided enlightening statistics and identification techniques being employed at Kapiti College, to the Kapiti Rotary recently.

I am revealing facts about this disorder to as many as possible, to bring awareness to the community about recognition and treatment that is readily available now.

“As this is National Dyslexia Week, It was not until 2007 that the New Zealand Educational Authorities admitted to this significant problem at school. Even now, they will not provide funding to deal appropriately to this critical affliction, and we have to rely almost entirely on the current 65 volunteers to assist at exam time with reading and writing for individual students who need help to express themselves in writing. We need more of these willing people to assist us,” said Miss Hamilton. “ 

At Kapiti College, we have 10% of our students identified with dyslexia of various categories. These figures are quite common throughout New Zealand.

Of interest, is that these pupils are typically most able and very bright people who have difficulties with reading and traditional learning skills. The condition is normally associated with anxiety”, said Ms Hamilton.

If dyslexia is not identified and dealt with appropriately, it can lead to disruptive behaviour in the classroom, failed examination tests, and ultimately difficulty in being admitted to university and getting jobs.

It can also manifest itself in being bullied at school, and later in becoming involved with crime and drugs.

The good news is that teachers are now trained to identify the symptoms early as the first signs appear. Remedial techniques can then be administered, which have remarkable results, and which enable individuals to live normal lives.

“There are and have been some very important and internationally known people to have dyslexia, and to name two of these, but there are copious others. I refer to Albert Einstein the brilliant scientist and pioneer, and Michelangelo the Italian sculptor and famous painter, were both dyslectic. So many have overcome the problem, and gone on to be most successful in life” said Ms Hamilton.

Dyslexia tackled at Kapiti College

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