Biloela family finds keys to learning to read with dyslexia

Will, 14, and Mac Alexander, 10, pictured with brother Ned, 7, are both dyslexic and have learnt to read and write through visual and kinetic aids. Photo Contributed
Will, 14, and Mac Alexander, 10, pictured with brother Ned, 7, are both dyslexic and have learnt to read and write through visual and kinetic aids. Photo Contributed Contributed

WHEN Karla Alexander's two sons were struggling in school, it was a constant battle to try to help them learn to read and write.

The boys are both dyslexic and Mrs Alexander found that conventional teaching methods simply weren't effective.

Dyslexic children are strong visual learners and struggle with conventional phonic methods of teaching, for example, sounding words out.

The Biloela mother said she could try to teach her sons with phonics all day long and it still wasn't as effective as teaching them with pictures and visual or tangible aids.

"He makes the word in clay then puts the picture in his head," she said.

"I started doing it with him at home and he still knows those words we mastered with clay."

This technique came from Dyslexia Australia's Brenda Baird. The organisation will hold a seminar in Rockhampton on July 17.

"I highly recommend it because it's non-phonic," Mrs Alexander said.

"If phonics worked with dyslexics we wouldn't have dyslexics. Her approach is completely different. It's visual and picture thinking and it definitely works."

Mrs Alexander said she had struggled with schools because often they weren't able to teach in a non-phonic manner, instead preferring to teach her sons with intensive phonic methods.

"Everybody's got to have a little struggle in life; it makes you a better person. But to see them struggle so much and have no self esteem ... it's frustrating," she said.

"It is getting better ... if they can put stuff in place in Prep these kids will never get diagnosed because they'll learn to read."

Famous dyslexics

  • Albert Einstein
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Walt Disney
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Tom Cruise
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Richard Branson
  • Bill Gates
  • Jessica Watson

Topics:  biloela dyslexia family learning read

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

One scary man ladies don't want to date

HE'S made women fall in love with him, then he reveals his dark side

Biloela CBD drainage upgrade in the works

An artist impression of the shade structure that will replace the trees along Kariboe St.

Upgrade to alleviate Biloela CBD storm water flooding

65 years of marriage

Irene and George Burrow with photos from their wedding day 65 years ago.

The couple never thought they would get that far

Local Partners

Music festival heading for Biloela

Festival to ramp up the local entertainment scene

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Long way for goat show

HOBBY: Torino Brodie travelled from Charters Towers to show goats at the Callide Valley Show.

Plenty of goats on show

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!