Our solution for dyslexia in Nigeria is three pronged.
- Brain Training
- Dyslexia Assistive Technology
- Policy and practices for accommodation of people with dyslexia in the educational system.
Dyslexia is a neurologically based condition. This means that the problem is located in the brain of struggling learners. Fortunately for people who struggle with the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and related learning disabilities, the brain is neuroplastic. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to rewire itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to brain exercises’ and training.
With the right stimuli (training), symptoms of learning disabilities as brain conditions can be lessened as the brain can be trained to become more efficient in spite of any brain disorders or labels that one may have been diagnosed with.
With this understanding, the Dyslexia Foundation uses a systematised world class training approach that has been proven to stimulate the brain of struggling learners towards becoming more efficient learners. Our approach to remediation goes beyond mere tutoring as we know from experience that no amount of tutoring is enough to address a brain based condition. Our solution for dyslexia and related learning disabilities lies in our one- on –one and digital brain training programmes.
Behind every learning struggle is a cognitive skill or skills weakness. Our solution aims to develop memory (long –term and short- term), decoding, segmentation, blending of sounds, identification of sights words etc. We engage the brain in exercises that increase processing speed and visualization skills of the brain towards improving the brain’s ability to pay attention to minute details, store and quickly recall information stored in the knowledge bank.
The process of rewiring the brain requires patience and dedication. Our team of result oriented brain trainers work on schedule towards improved cognitive skills for persons with dyslexia six days a week.
DYSLEXIA ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
We explore and promote the adoption and use of dyslexia assistive technology in line with global best practices in dyslexia remediation. 50 percent of the remediation efforts of the foundation are digitally based, we leverage opportunities in learning technology to help sharpen the reading, writing, touch-typing and numeracy skills of people with dyslexia of all ages.
PROMOTING POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.
Dyslexia-friendly school and examination practices that can support educational inclusion for persons with dyslexia are encouraged among education stakeholders in Nigeria.
Special arrangements are normally derived to give persons with disabilities a fair opportunity to access and engage in general school and out-of school academic activities like taking lesson notes and examinations. Similarly, inclusive education for persons with learning disabilities like dyslexia will require the removal of some time and other examination constraints and the adoption of special tools and test techniques that give persons with dyslexia a fair chance.
The Dyslexia Foundation provides advisory and advocacy in this regard with a view to getting educational policy makers and stakeholders in the country to recognize and legalize dyslexia-friendly educational policies; ensure their implementation during curricular activities like lessons, tests, continuous assessments and major examinations in Nigeria.